I, my husband, son and daughter, aged 16 and 14 and our 6 year old grandson loved this museum. The museum doesn’t have it’s own parking so we parked in a long stay public car park, Leicester Row, £3.50 for all day and was only 5-10 minutes walk way. The architecture of the building itself is stunning; it’s such a beautiful modern structure and looks so impressive. Once inside amongst the galleries, you can see the passion the museum has for its subject. The galleries are so well produced, many are reconstructions of streets and there’s a re-enactment of a street during the Blitz. Our 6 year old found this too noisy (although he is overly sensitive) so I quickly walked him through, but there is a route that bypasses the exhibit altogether. We all especially loved the exhibit dedicated to the breaking of the landspeed record. The museum has the 2 fastest cars in the world on display and my husband, son and daughter rode on a simulator of the fastest car ThrustSSC’s landspeed success for only £1 each! A fabulous price. There was actually an apology that they charged that much! What a humble organisation. They all loved the ride, both of my children excitedly recounting their experience to me. My husband and I loved seeing cars we remember fondly from our childhoods, a TR7 and a DeLorean. There are many race cars and vintage cars and other forms of transport. My family was particularly pleased to see the bikes and support vehicles of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, as we all enjoyed watching their endeavours on the TV. There is plenty to keep a family amused, with various hands on things for children, (and adults!) and we spent £1.50 on a quiz for our youngest. It wasn’t too hard and gave him a sense of achievement as he found the answers to his questions. We had some lunch in the café attached to the museum, Esquires. We had some lovely sandwiches with a lovely dressed salad. Our drinks rivalled anything we’ve had in Costa and Starbucks. We had a wonderful day, it was a revelation that it was free and we would have felt embarrassed not to have left a donation for such a great time so we duly popped some money in the donation box. I can’t recommend this enough, we were only passing through on our way to a holiday in Suffolk, but if you ever have chance to go, do so, support this museum it deserves it.
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