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“Curate's Egg”

National Motorcycle Museum
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National Motorcycle Museum Admission
Ranked #10 of 278 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: The National Motorcycle Museums award winning facilities provides a truly unique venue for your conference, seminar, banquet or function. Breathtaking displays of literally hundreds of fully restored British motorcycles are on hand to provide an extra attraction to your delegates. We aim to offer more than a unique venue, however. We know that the success of any function is dependent upon the backing and support of an experienced and caring staff. 13 luxuriously appointed and newly renovated suites, ranging from just 5 to up to 1000 delegates offer the flexibility to suite most requirements. The National Motorcycle Museum is at the hub of the country’s motorway system and rail network, with Birmingham International railway station just five-minutes taxi ride away. Access from everywhere within the UK is direct and overseas visitors praise the excellent international services provided at Birmingham Airport, which is less than two miles in distance away. The National Exhibition Centre is also near the Museum complex and we offer vast car parking facilities.Many of our clients are ‘blue-chip’ companies from home and overseas. They come back to us time after time – we know you will too, and look forward to seeing you to discuss your requirements in the near future.
Worcester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Curate's Egg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

I visit the NMM a number of times a year to attend a function but this was my first time visiting the museum.  You can't fault the building or its facilities; clean, warm and well run.  The staff were friendly, helpful if not a little deaf, more of that later.  The museum itself was room after room after room of row after row after row of highly polished, highly restored (over restored?) British motorbikes in regimented lines so tightly packed together I doubt if space could be found to fit another one in.  And basically that's it.  No audio / video, no film archive to see or hear these machines in action, no pre-restoration models, no sight of the restoration process, no mention of British motorcyclists; Barry Sheene, Joey Dunlop, Bill Ivy, Phil Read, Sammy Millar, nothing, just row upon row upon row of highly polished, highly restored motorcycles.  For much of the visit we were the only couple in the museum save for the man polishing polished petrol tanks and mudguards. He might have enjoyed his portable CD playing churning out Muzak at full volume, we certainly didn't.  If he has to polish a polished mudguard and listen to Muzak please buy him an MP3 player.  How much better if there was an archive video of, say, a Manx Norton doing what it does best at full chat for instance.  How much better to also have seen a bike in bits, the restoration process, how a wheel is trued, a magneto working etc etc rather than just row upon row upon row...

There was a few square meters dedicated to the disastrous fire, this would have warranted half a hall to itself.  There are two floor to ceiling silver cabinets, I couldn't, and I doubt if many could, read any of the inscriptions and was that Barry's crash helmet? No note to tell me I was right or wrong.

A sign says there are 250+ bikes awaiting restoration, let us see a few.

Full full marks to the driving force behind the museum and particularly it's rebuild but please revisit your presentation policy.  The sight sense is well catered for with row upon...  but sound, touch and smell (oh for a wiff of R40) are completely ignored.

Don't take your kids, there is nothing at all for them to do other than look at row upon row upon...

This should really be a 5-star experience and with some work it could be. I felt my visit only warranted 3-stars but given my respect and admiration for the people behind this National treasure I'll give it 4-stars.

Thank JWL940
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not for children of any age - nothing to watch, touch or press....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

...disappointed that there was nothing 'interactive' at all to keep little ones engaged or fuel their interest, as I visited with a view to bringing my 5 year old. Have read that there was a quiz paper given to children in the Summer months. I was not expecting it to be wholly child orientated, but felt it was not family friendly, with no film footage of racing / manufacture, no opportunity to sit on just one of the hundreds and hundreds of bikes. The staff were very friendly and professional, but the facilities do not cater for families or children of any age - what a shame - am sure it would attract more people if it did. I will not be recommending it.

Suitable for adult bike enthusiasts with rows and rows of well restored, but crammed in motorcycles and an A4 sheet about each bikes history and specifications - but sadly - that really is all.....

Visited November 2012
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Abberley, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“school trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

great. go-karts, landrover trip, police car trip. great fun had by all.food really good to. museum excellent for children and adults.

Thank Fiona M
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very nice wedding venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Attended wedding venue, very impressed set up really good service. The museum is also of great interest top harleys and movie monsters all under one roof.

Visited April 2012
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Best of British”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

The museum is a place of pure magic, beauty, passion, legends, pioneering engineering, heritage, history, fame, success and deep tragedy !!! Yes I stood in the ashes and could not hold back the tears. My Dad was a Director at James and Velocette in the 1950s before the crash of the British bike industry. He gave many a bike racer their first factory bike ride in those days, he was well connected in the industry. After Velo went bump, my Dad was offered a Directorship of the ACU, which meant he would have to relocate his whole family down to London which he decided wasn't right at that time. He rode a 1955 Vinnie up until his death at 78 years in 2007. R.I.P. Dad.
My Grandad was a biker c1920

I would camp in a tent inbetween the aisles of bikes just to spend more time in the presence of so many utterly amazing motorcycles, their past famous riders and the incredible history !

The museum is easy to find, free parking, easy access, a lovely building, a large shop (with models, DVDs, books, clothing and memorabilia), toilets and disabled toilets, a reasonable cafe upstairs (with lift), huge reception area with seating and bikes to look at before you pay to enter the museum.

The motorcycle museum is pure magic, GO THERE !!!!!
If you are into bikes, don't think about it, just do it.

Visited March 2012
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