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
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.
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.
Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe:
- Masks are a condition of entry to the Museum. Children under 11 will not need to wear a face covering, nor will anyone who cannot put one on due to a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability. If wearing a facemask causes you severe distress, or are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate, you will also be excused from wearing one.
- 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.
- 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.