The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Bovington

The Tank Museum
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring ten powerful exhibitions, you will come face to face with almost 300 armoured vehicles. This unique collection includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger and the modern Challenger 2. There are special events going on throughout the year at The Tank Museum including TANKFEST, Tiger Day and the Vintage Christmas Festival and Craft Fayre, as well as special activity programmes during the School Holiday.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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trouttickler
croydon uk89 contributions
Jan 2022
Hi we visited the site last saturday stayed in highcliffe one hour drive my late Father was in the 3rd Royal Tank regiment and was sent to help the evacuation at dunkirk he was captured at dieppe and ended up in stalag8b
We went to find the Tank he seved in and help from staff found hopefully the Tank
We had a good 4 hours and our daughter found the in the Trenches very moving
Found covid friendly cafe and shop on site
thank you
Written January 21, 2022
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Mark B
Sutherland Shire, Australia17 contributions
Dec 2021
Simply Outstanding
Went with my 8 year son and wife and we had a great time. Would have spent longer if we weren’t pressed for time. Outstanding displays and information to view. Only downside was that the tank rides were not running on the day we went.
Written January 3, 2022
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Terry L
Newtown, UK25 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Had the tickets for 12 mouths but due to restrictions we had to wait ... staff were brilliant and well informed loads to see and do and lots of information... highly recommended
Written December 22, 2021
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Kat O
London, UK14 contributions
Dec 2021
We chose the Tank Museum as the venue for our wedding, which took place last weekend. We had 60+ guests and hired the Cold War Hall which was large enough for the ceremony, wedding breakfast, entertainment and evening disco. We had a fantastic day and all the museum staff were incredibly helpful and worked really hard to make sure everything went smoothly. The food (a sit-down meal and a buffet) was delicious, they sourced some very good wine, and were able to turn the cafe into a fully-stocked bar. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and many took advantage of having private access to parts of the museum for a look round in the evening. I couldn’t be happier with how well things went and would recommend the Tank Museum and its fabulous team to anyone looking for a venue that’s a little bit different.
Written December 14, 2021
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Gary S
South Devon, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Visited yesterday with my young buddy from work. £14 each for a years entry, excellent value for money ( only 2 hours away ). Not sure what to expect but the exhibitions were fresh and really well laid out. Spent 6 hours looking round and it felt like 3. Cafe had great food and prices were on a par with other museums. Not cheap, but very good quality. From ticket staff, cafe staff to the curators, everyone with no exception were super friendly and had all the time in the world for you. I must pick out Geoff though who spent some time talking to Jamie and I about his own experiences and passing on his knowledge. Thanks Geoff. Although we are a bit older and loved the displays, there’s lots for kids to do too from dressing up to play areas for them. All in all a first class day out and I appreciate the time, effort and friendliness you all put in there. A very Merry Christmas to you all. Gary and Jamie.
Written December 12, 2021
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Speff52
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
A fabulous day out; even if you have only a passing interest in tanks, just being up close to them, reading the history of them, or (even better) getting a chance to sit inside one if them is a fantastic experience. For fans of wartime history and weaponry, a one-day is arguably not enough, which is why it is appreciated that the ticket gives you access for a year. A final big thank you to our wonderful guide, Nicola, who was very patient with our many questions!! I couldn't recommend a visit here for history and tank fans more highly.
Written November 13, 2021
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Sharon F
Twyford, England, United Kingdom148 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Does what it says on the tin.... Tanks and more
From the first to the latest, historical events in time night to life too
It was quiet too when we went and the cafe was still serving a full range of food
Such a great value day out even if the vehicle conservation centre was closed and no live displays
Great place for young and old
Written November 5, 2021
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GRACEE777
United Kingdom55 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
First i have to say there is too much here for one day, we have been twice so far (ticket we bought is a years pass) and have still not seen everything, unless of course you were to rush around and just look at tiny snippets of info.

As my grandad was in the first tanks in world war 1 but never talked about it, i was very interested to read all the information i could about the first tanks, how they originated, what how where they were used in ww1. So that was our first trip. It waa very informative. I already knew my grandad was in the KOYLI'S who basically dug the trenches and fought, then the Machine Gun Corps, which was made up of skilled sharp shooters, who were used in/became the very first Tank Corps.

It was very interesting and informative to read normal peoples stories who worked in the Tanks. The museum had lots of short interesting bits of information and stories, which were easy to read, print was a good size and not too much at once. Im afraid because i did a course in museum studies and and and when i go around museums i look at how things are displayed and preserved.

The other excellent thing i noticed were the number of seats available to rest arthritic legs, helping people with a disability like me, trying to avoid being in a wheelchair.

My one suggestion is place more facing the video sections & in general where there is a lot of information on a board to read. This museum is very big, so i needed to sit down.

The visitors mainly seemed very courteous and all of us considering each other, ie moving out of way while someone photographs a particular tank. This was such a pleasant change to the normal rudeness you find so often. Gave my visit a lot happier.

So, the exhibits were laid out so you could pretty much get the whole tank in a photograph and seats regularly placed if you need a rest. Writing titles clear large to read with short descriptions at start of every section. Then more detail.

On my second trip i looked at 1920s to end of ww2, there was so much information to take in, that was enough for me that trip.

So our next trip will be 1950s plus.

It is well laid out, with 2 main areas but then a few smaller displays like trench life, also excellent. Standing in a lifesize replica was very moving, poignant. My grandad had many friends die esp at Somme and Arras, so this made it real.

It is so important to understand what these soldiers gave up, suffering dying, so we could have our freedom today. The sacrifice they made should never be forgotten. So museums like this which inform, making it easy to get around (seating areas) for everyone to learn from this, is so important. It also makes you understand what people are doing now to keep the peace around the world. I deeply admire them. Thanks to the Tank Museum for doing this do well.

My only slight niggle was one cafe closed really early, me with arthritis walked a long way to use it because my husband loved their hotdogs! There were no signs to say it was closed which woukd have been h helpful, in the other cafe or when you enter the museum, the website is a nightmare, wven finding basic opening hours! The main cafe stopped selling hot food really early, again wish they stated this, we got hungry at 3pm to find cold snacks only. But the scone & cake i had were lovely!

I recommend a visit but if hungry go to cafe early and ask someone if the cool little cafe by the Afghanistan exibit, is open. The shop- lots of ace value books.
Written October 27, 2021
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Kate J
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Amazing place for anyone interested in conflict, wars and tanks. Detailed displays, time lines, first hand accounts, interactive displays, trench experience.
Small comment, lovely caffienated coffee at £2
Problem-Decaffeinated nescafe sachet also charged at £2!!??? Should be 50p. Would be so so nice for parents who can't tolerate caffeine to also be able to get a good coffee.
Friendly staff around museum, easy parking.
Would come back in the summer when tank rides are available.
Written October 24, 2021
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Devon fan
Devon, UK215 contributions
Oct 2021
We probably should have looked at the website before going, but we were in the area and it was a cold day so thought we would give it a try. The first surprise was the cost: £15 each (apparently there is a £1 discount if you pre book online). No discount for seniors. The first exhibits about world war 1 and the trenches was very interesting and then we saw the the tanks and were able to see inside a few. However, we were disappointed that we were not allowed in one tank as it was reserved for school parties. Then we saw more tanks and more tanks and more tanks from various different conflicts. We started to glaze over at this point. It was a huge building and there was a one way system not dissimilar to IKEA, in as much it was difficult to leave when you were in the middle! If you are really interested in this sort of thing then you could spend hours there, but if you aren’t you will get bored.
Written October 23, 2021
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The Tank Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM