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The Tank Museum, Wareham

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Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
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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  • 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...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the Museum and the display. It was a bonus that the cafe served really nice food, all in all a good day out, until we went in to the gift shop whereupon I bought several gifts for.....  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • Tiger day 2019. Awesome experience in well designed and brilliant museum. There's nothing the guys here don't know about tanks. The staff are amazingly helpful and couldn't do enough to ensure we enjoyed our visit. The site is fairly even and easy to navigate in a wheelchair. In the building there are ramps to different levels and lifts too so there was nowhere I couldn't visit. There are plenty of accessible toilets which were well maintained and clean. I didn't have to queue despite the crowds..though the other loo's were busy and other members of our party had to queue for a few minutes. During normal opening times we expect this is not the case. The restaurant was well stocked and very reasonably priced (6.95 for a full English, 1.50 for cup of tea). As were both the main gift shop and the small one adjacent to the restoration building. All in all our trip here was a very enjoyable experience!
  • Best day out ever. I was really happy with the museum, but also there's plenty to entertain kids too while dads and grandads geek out over the tanks. The vehicles on display are beautiful, and the live display (1pm in the day I visited) was great. Cafe is nice enough, decent coffee, plenty of parking, clean facilities. Adult price was 14 pound for an annual ticket. I hope to be back.
  • Fantastic, really interesting. The part where the old soldiers told their stories was so moving. The display was informative and fun. For £39 a family of 4 get a year's pass. We had a picnic on the lawn whilst we watched the show, but had a coffee and cake for afters in the restaurant. It was very nice and not massively over priced.
  • The layout and the order at which you make your way round is excellently done. The venue is very clean and tidy. The outdoor show is very well done, very informative and a excellent opportunity to get to see the tanks in action. The staff are very friendly and the presentations and demonstrations they do around the museum are very good and it gets the children engaged. Excellent collection of tanks, although have to say after an hour or two once you seen one tank you feel like you've seen them all. It is very good value for money but a little on the expensive for a family of 5.
  • Tiger Day was amazing! The level of organization and level of detail in both presentation and interesting history on the vast array of tanks in exhibits and on display was beyond criticism. Loved the day out and will be returning to finish off everything we didn't see and do in the 5 hours we were there.

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