Exhibitions

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THE TANK STORY | 1915 - Present Day

Over 30 of the most important armoured fighting vehicles in history tell the story of the tank in context with the tumultuous events of the last century.

Find out how this important British invention has helped shape world history with its domination of the battlefield, and hear fascinating accounts from those who have operated and faced them in combat.

THE TRENCH EXPERIENCE | France 1916

Walk in the footsteps of a First World War soldier – from the recruiting office to the front-line trenches.

Find out why the tank was invented to break the stalemate on the Somme and see the first tank attack in history.

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TANK MEN | The Story of the First Tank Crews

The lives and experiences of eight British soldiers of the First World War are the focus of Tank Men – which celebrates the pioneers of tank warfare. You will be moved by powerful human stories of some of the first men in history to see action in tanks.

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WARHORSE TO HORSEPOWER | The Rise of The Tank

How the mud of the Western Front saw the beginning of the end for horse mounted cavalry and the rise of the tank.

Discover the many ways in which the British Army used horses and why it chose to mechanise in the years after the First World War – with stories from the horse’s mouth!

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WW2: WAR STORIES | Royal Armoured Corps 1939-1945

WW2 War Stories

Opening in 2020 – part one of a complete redisplay of our Second World War vehicles supported by previously unheard accounts from British veterans.

LONG AFTER THE BATTLE | The First Royal Armoured Corps Soldiers

Five key British tanks of World War Two are displayed with accounts from veterans who served with them in an exhibition which marked the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Armoured Corps – and the start of the Second World War.

TANK FACTORY | The Tank Maker’s Story

Step into the industrial world of design, manufacture and assembly as the story of the people who built tanks is told in an authentic factory setting.

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BATTLEGROUP AFGHANISTAN | Helmand Province 2011

Explore a recreated Forward Operating Base to see the living conditions of soldiers on operations in the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Hear first-hand accounts an honest feedback from soldiers on the equipment and vehicles the used.

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COLD WAR | Post-WWII Tanks

Cold War Hall

See the Museum's collection of vehicles from the Cold and Gulf War. Get inside a Chieftain Main Battle Tank or enjoy a coffee while kids let off steam in the play area.

VEHICLE CONSERVATION CENTRE | Conservation in Action

This vast hall houses over 100 armoured fighting vehicles, including a wide variety of unique prototypes and testbed vehicles.

These are viewable from a balcony featuring and exhibition on the conservation work that takes place in the Museum Workshop.

The Floor of the Vehicle Conservation Centre (VCC) is open during Special Events and during some special access tours.

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LIVE ACTION DISPLAYS | Tanks in Action

Tanks in Action

Due to current circumstances, Tanks in Action Displays are suspended for now until we can guarantee the safety of our staff and visitors. 

On weekdays during the Dorset Easter, May and Summer school holidays, see tanks roll into action during our Tanks in Action display.

Feel the ground shake and learn how tanks are used in battle during this entertaining 30-minute display. Lifelike explosions, thundering engines and expert commentary.

TRACKED VEHICLE RIDES | Ride the M548

Vehicle Rides

Due to current circumstances, vehicle rides are suspended for now.

During the Dorset Easter, May and Summer school holidays, experience for yourself the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle.

This working example of military hardware seats 16 people at a time – so the whole family can jump on together! Extra charge applies.

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