Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford

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Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford near Yeovil in Somerset, England, contains over 400 cars and motorcycles and a collection of other automobilia.

The museum, which was established in 1985, is an Educational Charitable Trust chaired by John Haynes OBE.

The museum is divided into fifteen exhibitions:

The Dawn of Motoring includes exhibits dating from 1886 including a replica 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen.

Veteran and Vintage includes 1903 Darracq Type L and a 1922 Rover 8 hp.

Wheels around the World includes a 1975 Bricklin SVI and a 1967 Citroen DS.

Minis and Micros includes a 1964 Trojan 200 and a 1965 Morris Mini MK2.

Great British Marques contains a 1965 Jaguar E Type and a 1977 Lotus Elite Type 75.

Custom and Bespoke includes a 1941 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Custom Pick Up and a 1958 split screen Morris Minor van (ex-Post Office)

The American Dream includes in pride of place a 1931 Duesenberg J Derham bodied Tourster, one of only eight built.

Motorcycle Mezzanine is in two parts: Part 1 - British and World Motorcycles, containing a 1914 BSA Flat Tank and a 1965 Honda CB72 and Part 2 - The Forshaw Speedway Collection.

Supercar Century includes a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Convertible and a 1995 Jaguar XJ220.

Hall of Motorsport depicting varied disciplines of motorsport including a 1996 Ferrari Formula 1 Type F310 (DC) and 1950 Healey Silverstone.

The Morris Story includes 1917 Morris Cowley and a 1955 Morris Minor Convertible.

Memory Lane contains a 1965 Ford Cortina Mk1 and a 1950 Rover 75.

Travelling in Style:Luxury Cars includes a 2007 Bentley Continental GT and a 1957 Bentley Series 1.

Ferrari: The Man, The Machine, The Myth containing a 2000 Ferrari 360 F1 and a 1980 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer.

The Red Room, contains red sports cars from around the world including a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible and a 1959 Austin Healey Sprite.The museum also has an outdoor children's play area, Autogame Experience including penny arcade games of the 1950s and 1960s, retro 1980s classics and 1990s favourites such as 'Sega Rally'.

In April 2014 the Museum completed an extensive £6M redevelopment and now has an entrance foyer and reception area; a large museum shop, a café, conference and hospitality facilities and Haynes Workshop Services. The Museum regularly hosts conferences for organisations outside the motor industry.

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  • Managed to squeeze in a visit before lockdown. Wide range of cars of all types. From exotic supercars to humble runabouts they are all well presented and you can get a really close look at them. I...  more »
  • Have recently been to B Motor Museum and whilst it’s good, this was brilliant with a far greater breadth, depth range of cars, well laid out, great information and you can get closer to the cars. The....  more »
  • I visited on Tuesday 27th October with my 11 year old son. He is car mad and loved it. Haynes is the friendliest, sparkliest museum I have ever been to. An amazing building and felt super safe in...  more »
  • Very good customer service, excellent children’s play area. If you pay with gift aid, you get repeat access for an entire year! 10% entry discount for Armed Forces personnel too. I had a great day and my son loved the little go karts.
  • Just left here today, we've done most motor museums and decided to travel an hour so to do this one while on holiday. Large collection of cars in fabulous condition. The whole place is spotless (even the bathrooms) and the friendly staff clearly have a huge passion for the cars. Lovely, Bubbly girl on the tills gave a very warm welcome. Cafe staff provide great service and the coffee is amazing. Would highly recommend
  • Really enjoyed it, lots for the children to do. Everything was clean and tidy, and the cars were immaculate. I think it needs more cars from a wider breadth of the world to be classed as international.
  • Interesting and different however they missed out many cars such as the Japanese models and more modern cars. The service in the restaurant was diabolical. After an hour and a half of waiting my order finally came and still wasn't right however I didn't send it back due to having to wait even longer. The paint a mini was really good and a nice touch to the museum. The red room was brilliant and if you play red car this would be hilarious to see who got the most. Overall great day out
  • Loved this place, as a car lover in all shapes and makes this has it all as well as motorbikes and the history behind each make and model. Makes of cars I didn't even know existed and how it started with the famous Haynes manuals too, great wee coffee shop and gift shop, a must visit.

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