We’re Dorset’s largest indoor attraction!

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to live, with the world’s best collection of tanks in awe-inspiring, modern exhibitions. Our moving exhibitions tell the story of this British invention; from the mud of the Somme to the beaches of Normandy and the deserts of Iraq – featuring powerful stories from the soldiers that fought in them. Plus, with a free Annual Pass, you can revisit as many times as you like!

  • Open daily 10am-5pm
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
  • 300 tanks from around the world
  • 9 Powerful Exhibitions
  • Cafe & Shop
  • Excellent Accessibility
Malcolm X L
7. September, 2021.
Great! Day? Great day out. Was there 3 hours could have spent longer. The way the site is laid out great. Arena demonstration good stuff. Need more modern US tanks then perfect. Love to see the current or recently retired US MB tank.
Steve T
7. September, 2021.
Great day out for the family Amazing day out, kids loved it. Plenty to do and see. Well thought out and the tank rides and displays are great.
wendy r
7. September, 2021.
Great day out Great day out, lots to see and do for all ages. The tank show was very loud in places. Great price, clean and well organised with some amazing tanks and other memorabilia on show
Sarah J
6. September, 2021.
Amazing Amazing day out. We spent around 5 hours. 100’s tanks to see through different periods. Watched Tanks in action display. Coffee shop/restaurant fairly priced. Visited the conservation centre where over 100 tanks stored. Well worth a visit.
6. September, 2021.
Fantastic day out As a parent I have trudged around many a tank and army museum bored out of my mind. Yet this place was absolutely brilliant the live display the actual live show driving through the Barracks. Worth the drive
Frankie V
6. September, 2021.
Great family day out Such a fun day for all the family. My children aged 10 & 13 found it very interesting as did my partner and I. We took a picnic which we ate during the display which was a nice break outside, however it was very busy and very hot with no shade out on the lawns so bring a hat and plenty of water if the forecast is set to be warm. I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who is not only looking for a family fun day but also to anyone who is a real history buff as it is so interesting. Tickets are so reasonably priced and you can return as many times as you like over the year so you really are getting such great value for money. *****
6. September, 2021.
great experience for all history/tank lovers This was my first visit to The Tank Museum after almost a year delay. It was a great experience and I will definitively come back at some point. Beautiful displays and so many tanks from different time periods. Tanks in action display was also very nice, one would wish it would last longer and see more tanks "in action". Only downside was staffing issues that lead to conservation centre not being open, but I can see that on my next visit..
Chris S
6. September, 2021.
Good day out, great value Great day out with the kids. They particularly enjoyed the tank display and mini battle at the end. Good facilities, well spaced out, nice cafe. Good value. Would recommend.
Greg L
6. September, 2021.
Fantastic museum and value This museum is incredible if you have the slightest interest in the history of the war and these impressive and immense machines and their development. Kids can’t break them either!!
mark h
6. September, 2021.
Humbling experience I haven't been here for 30 years, what a wonderful display throughout. Without glorifying war, the displays depict the evolution of modern armoured warfare. The lives and stories of some true heroes, and the horrors and atrocities that all sides suffer during war. A credit to the team behind the museum, truly humbling experience.

Come face-to-face with over 300 military vehicles in the worlds best collection of armoured fighting vehicles, including the world’s only running Tiger I, the first working prototype tank, and the current British Main Battle Tank Challenger 2.

Don’t miss our brand new exhibition WW2: War Stories which tells the history of the Second World War through interviews with veterans, accompanied by over 60 tanks, artefacts and interactives.

From our replica First World War trench to an RTR camp in Afghanistan, our ten powerful exhibitions follow the story of the tank from its origins to the modern day. During the spring and summer holidays, enjoy Tanks in Action displays and tracked vehicle rides, or visit on one of our event days for displays, fairs and more.

The Tank Museum is in south Dorset near Wareham and is about a 30-minute drive from Dorchester, Blandford, Weymouth and Poole, about 45 minutes from Bournemouth and Salisbury, and an hour from Southampton and Yeovil. There is plenty of free parking on site.

The Tank Museum’s nearest station is Wool (1.5 miles), which is on the South Western Railway mainline from London Waterloo to Weymouth. Local taxi company (Garrison Cars, T: 01929 463395) can take you to and from the station, or it is a 30 minute walk. Train timetable here.

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Because we know our visitors often spend the whole day with us, we have a restaurant and cafe serving a range of delicious hot meals, snacks and drinks. Whether you fancy a Full English, Cornish pasty, or Dorset cream tea, we promise you won’t be disappointed. We use Dorset and South West suppliers, so expect to see Dorset Tea, Marshfield ice-cream, Piddle Brewery beer, and meat from local farmers.

The Museum is fully accessibly via wheelchair or mobility scooter, and we have manual wheelchairs onsite available for free use. In our new exhibitions, there is a hearing loop for our videos and sound recordings.


To support social distancing, we've put a limit on daily visitors. Please book your slot to guarantee entry, even if you already have a ticket, Annual Pass or membership.

Adult (17+)
Child (5-16)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Child (Under 5)

What To See & Do

Tonnes to see & do for all the family.

Plan Your Visit

All you need to know before visiting.

Something for Everyone

How our story absorbs & amazes everyone.


The regulations are relaxing – but we’re not… yet.

Even though restrictions are being withdrawn, we will continue to play it safe at The Tank Museum for the time being.

  • We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible cleanliness standards across the Museum – and will retain our sanitisation points for your convenience.
  • We will still be capping our daily footfall and recommending the use the one-way system around the Museum.
  • Face coverings are no longer mandatory, but our staff will still be wearing them. For the comfort and safety of our all, we politely request that visitors continue to use them when inside the Museum and when in close proximity to other visitors or staff.
  • Please give other visitors and staff plenty of space during your visit.
  • Please postpone your visit if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.