The British Motor Museum is a brilliant and unique car museum; located in Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off J12 of the M40. Stu and I have discussed going for a while now; and as we were recently in Leicester; we were in the perfect position to visit as we headed home to Cornwall.
Of course we’re not a stranger to automotive museums; though Stu hadn’t visited for years and it was a first time visit for me.
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The British Motor Museum
The cars on display are particularly unique at the British Motor Museum. Many of them are first or final cars from manufacturing lines, many are press cars, and there are even prototype models.
Split predominantly into Sports Cars; Design and Concepts; Motor Racing; as well as Jaguar and Land Rover. Who understandably play a big role here, considering they part funded some of the museum. This is a purpose built museum; created to preserve automotive heritage.
Combining vehicles from several organisations and trusts; to create a publicly accessible space to enable visitors for several generations to enjoy this particular area in history.
There is a range of vehicles, from everyday cars, sporting greats, and even movie stars!
The Time Road was a fun way to look at the history of cars; from both a technical and aesthetic point of view between 1896 and 1996. Set around the outer edge of the museum hall, with (not only automotive) historical information behind, to entertain and educate.
I loved the attention to detail, the British Motor Museum giving a unique, inside look at cars. This can be done literally, as well as in the “Under the Skin” exhibition.
We’re big movie fans, and I really loved the movie cars on display! There are cars we all know as well as vehicles I haven’t seen anywhere else, which was really fun!
Let me know in the comments if you know which movies these four are from!
A thoroughly modern experience, there are touch screen points throughout the museum; where you can find out more about the cars on display.
In the second building at the British Motor Museum you can find the collections centre; the museums purpose built car store, and visit all the cars currently not on display in the museum. As well as the home of the Jaguar and Daimler heritage trust collection.
Also in the building; you can find the workshop and restoration centre; which is a really interesting glimpse into what the museum really does, to maintain and preserve the exhibits.
For more automotive fun, check out our visit to Haynes Motor Museum in this post!
For visitors with kids:
Throughout the year the British Motor Museum has many children’s activities available. This summer there are some fun age-appropriate activities; using some incredible technology, to create working circuits and moving pictures; which as I discussed with the friendly and enthusiastic staff, I was somewhat jealous of, and wish I’d taken part!
There are also regular visitors to the museum with a variety of scientific and technological experiments; which is a great way to get kids having fun and learning at the same time.
As well as this there is a play area in the middle of the main exhibition area; and also a jigsaw puzzle trail through the museum, where you can pick up pieces at various points; to create one of four images. Or a mix of them all as the pieces are interchangeable.
For more information on the British Motor Museum; as well as events and activities throughout the year, you can check out the website.
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