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The Tank Museum, Bovington

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#1 of 66 in Museums in Dorset
With almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26 countries, The Tank Museum boasts the largest collection of tanks in the world. An extensive arsenal, informative dioramas, and action-packed displays spread among four exhibits bring the history of tanks and their crews to life. Learn about the conditions that led to the invention of the tank and the story of its development in context of the political and social events of the 20th century. Walk in the footsteps of a World War I soldier--from the recruiting office to the front-line trenches--and listen to the first-hand accounts of soldiers who have fought in various conflicts, most recently in Afghanistan. Arrange your visit to The Tank Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Wareham using our Wareham road trip planning website .
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  • I was visiting the area and decided to have a trip to the museum.This was my first vist since 1983 and what a change. I was gven the HM Forces veteran discount on my entry fee which was a nice bonus a...  more »
  • Loved the detail and effort, the trench experience seemed very realistic. Easy to navigate, lots to see and read for everyone and a good cupa in the cafe! What’s not to like?! Will be returning with t...  more »
  • theres plenty to fill a day, and really recommend the guided tours, time flies. Good restaurant to keep you going. A very educational and interesting day...  more »
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  • Took my Dad here for a trip out on his birthday and we both had a great time. The museum has so much to see and so many tanks to learn about and stories from the people who manned them in various wars. I would highly recommend going. The restaurant is very good too.
  • Amazing museum of armour, everything from "Mother" to Afghanistan warfare, with the added advantage of model weekend. Something for everyone, really well laid out, and in the summer there is the outdoor display. Stationed here in the early eighties, it's been fantastic going back to my "tankie" spiritual home. A marvelous day out whose ticket lasts a year. Gift aid your admission, it enables them to claim the tax back.
  • Well done - I went for Tiger days. This museum is awesome. I walked around and was thinking of my review and l could not think of something that wasn't right. The museum covers a lot of armor, is divided well into era's and has some unusual displays. For hands or climb on displays, it is probably the premier tank museum I have been to. The sheer amount of armor on display and in the conservation shed is mind-boggling. I would be hard pressed to decide if I liked this museum or the German Army museum in Munster better. I think possibly there are more artifacts here but less on display (rather than the conservation shed). Very well done museum and the staff was awesome.
  • Really interesting, even as someone with no particular interest in military history or equipment. It's pretty big and there are various different sections and displays. My 4 year old enjoyed looking round and liked the soft play area at the end. The coffee shop is more of a kiosk and the coffee wasn't great as it was made with powdered milk, but there's plenty of seating. The ticket price is expensive for one visit but includes an annual pass so you can get really good value out of it if you're able to go back.
  • Myself and the 3 boys I took really enjoyed the museum. We spent 6 hours there and only left because it was closing. I've been to the museum before and it's great to see how it's growing and expanding. The two play areas were appreciated, the display of tanks driving in the arena was good, and the tracked vehicle ride was fun (but not quite a tank!). We paid extra for that ride. Kids activity books were used keenly, and there were some battle boards with plastic figures that they also appreciated. There is so much to see and do. Very, very good day out. Boys aged 10, 8 and 7.

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