Tonnes of Fun at The Home of The Tank


By SPP Reporter


The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life, supported by the world’s best collection of tanks and boasting action packed live displays during school holidays.

Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning almost 100 years of history. As you explore the Museum’s six large halls, you will come face to face with over 200 vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century. This unique collection of over 200 vehicles includes the world’s first ever tank, the Tiger tank, and the modern Challenger 2.

The tank was a British invention that changed warfare forever when it was introduced in World War One and Bovington has been the home of the tank ever since. From the Somme to Tiananmen Square or D-Day to Desert Storm the tank has played a part in shaping history – and it continues to do so today.

The Tank Museum has been the subject of a £16m Heritage Lottery Fund sponsored redevelopment project, which was completed in April 2009. Officially opened by The Queen, new features inlcude a major new exhibition in a purpose-built display hall, new tank arena, shop, restaurant and vastly upgraded visitor facilities. The Tank Story is the key element of this project and tells the story of the tank from its World War One origin to the future. This new 50,000 sq ft multi-media exhibition puts the development of the tank in context with global events, whilst the experiences of former tank crews are presented in their own words.

The Trench Experience allows you walk in the footsteps of a World War One soldier from the recruiting office to the front line and in the Discovery Centre; you will find out how different tanks are used in different ways and learn what it is like to be a tank crewman.

Our latest exhibition ‘Battlegroup Afghanistan – The Armoured Soldiers Story’ tells the story of the men and the vehicles of the Royal Armoured Corps in one of the most challenging deployments since World War Two. Explore a contemporary Forward Operating Base, hear first hand accounts of life on the front line and see the vehicles in use today.

In our arena you can get closer to the action; see the awesome tank action displays during school holidays – and experience for yourself the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle.

The Tank Museum hosts a number of special events throughout the year; for more information on these, see www.tankmuseum.org



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