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 9am-5pm
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
  • 300 tanks from around the world
  • 9 Powerful Exhibitions
  • Cafe & Shop
  • Excellent Accessibility
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The Tank Museum conforms to the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, with a recognised process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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.

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.


As the Museum is currently closed, tickets are not available to purchase.

Adult (17+)
Child (5-16)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
Child (Under 5)
28. December, 2020.
A must visit Never seen so many and such variety of tanks . we start from the original concept and understand 100years of progression .All is well explained in a purpose built museum with refreshments available and well stocked souvenir shop .The concept of the heavy horsr and light horse in a cavalry has become the heavy and light tank of today .The Dragoons and household cavalry now have tanks
Stephen J
19. November, 2020.
Extremely good all-round visitor experience A very well-managed site. Extremely friendly and helpful entrance hall staff and staff around the museum were also very helpful,Excellent guidebook, extremely good value for money and available to order in advance when booking a slot under Covid regs.Catering was obviously set up for larger numbers than those present on an October mid-week day. Prices a bit high and the fish and chips no better than but dearer than, the same dish in an IKEAk cafe or example.The varying scale of the captioning from large wall pictures right down to little captions to be read close-up was very good. No dumbing down here - unlike the National Army Museum and the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth.The Helmand patrol base experience was quite good but having been there (and done that etc), it was not nearly noisy enough with engines and generators running, the floor too smooth and more could've been made of the toilet experiences and the catering. Still, a very good try! In a similar way, the recreation of the tank production line building Centurions was far too quiet and some more mannequins around the tanks would've helped create atmosphere - just look at the big pictures on the wall above the tanks!Excellent, well-stocked shop.
15. November, 2020.
Sooooo many tanks! Sooooo many tanks! Not sure what I was expecting but this place is HUGE! Goes some way to justify the quite high entry fee. What stood out at this place was it was not just a collection of tanks. The exhibition was themed and took you through earlier to later history of the tank and how they were used / developed and journeys of some of the people during different wars. I'm not a history buff really but still enjoyed it. If you like history you enjoy it even more than I did - you'll need lots of time to read everything. A gem, well worth the visit.
31. October, 2020.
A great day out for any tank enthusiasts Visited here on a whim to pass a rainy day in October and ended up very pleasantly surprised with how much there was to see and so here. We spent toughly 4 hours in the museum and we had a lot still to see when it started closing. Luckily it would seem that your admission tickets are valid for a year so you can come back and do what you missed.Sadly none of the live demonstrations were happening when we visited, but even so, there were many great exhibits ranging from the history of the tank, through to WWI, WWII and then the modern day Afghanistan conflicts.An absolute highlight of the day was the miniature tank driving you could do outside the museum. For £5 this was great fun and a great laugh.Sadly if you’re not interested in tanks, I feel there’s not really much here for you, but then it is a tank museum after all so what did you expect 😁
29. October, 2020.
Great value for money A very good day out. Interesting for kids and adults. We spent about three ours there with a short break for lunch. Good for the COVID stuff at the moment as well. One way system, hand gel everywhere etc. Great value for money.

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