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Visit the new-look Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum
Thrust SSC at the Transport Museum. Click on the image above to launch a 360 view
Coventry's Transport Museum has a complete new look, inside and out. Take a look from your chair with our virtual tour.

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It was a little known secret but now the whole world knows that Coventry is home to the country's finest collection of British road vehicles.

The spectacular re-opening of the Coventry Transport Museum in spring 2004 after major refurbishment ensured the world discovered what we had on our doorstep.

A brand new frontage on the prestigious Millennium Place development and new displays have seen the museum become one of the area's major attractions.

Take a closer look at the new-look museum by clicking on the images on this page to launch 360 views of the collections.

You can also see pictures from inside the museum by clicking on the Images button below.

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National importance
 
 Coventry Transport Museum
A Coventry taxi. Click on the image to launch the 360 view
The transport museum's huge collection contains so many rare and important vehicles that it has been designated a collection of national importance.

The museum is home to 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 90 motorcycles - all of which were built in the UK and many made in Coventry, home of the motor industry.

From black cabs, made by the Cov-based London Taxis International and Jaguars and Peugeots to Standards, Alvis and Triumphs, the museum is home to virtually every marque that came out of our motor city.

The museum is home to several displays which chart the history of the UK motor industry, from its birth at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

Included are the golden age of touring through the 20s and 30s, the part road transport played during the war and the subsequent boom and bust of the motoring economy.

You can also take a trip through the past on two wheels through the museum's collection of motorbikes and cycles.
 Coventry Transport Museum
A glimpse into the future. Click on the image to launch the 360 view
Unlike many museums, the Coventry Transport Museum isn't just about the past.

Visitors can hop into their time machine and take a look at vehicles yet-to-come in the Futures Gallery.

You can take a look at some designs and prototype vehicles as well as creating your own vehicle with the modelling equipment and design terminals.

 
Well-kept secret
 
The museum has been based in Coventry for many years but remained a secret to many visitors because of its inconspicuous entrance.

All that changed with the regeneration of the Hales Street area, which saw a multi-million refurbishment of the museum.

 Virtual tour of one of the exhibition rooms in the MBRT
The WWII display. Click on the image to launch the 360 view
As well as a striking new entrance, fronting on to the magnificent Millennium Place development that links Priory Place to the cathedral, the museum has brand new displays and exhibits.

It's not over yet though. More money is being pumped into making the museum even bigger!

Many of the vehicles in the collection are currently in storage - including its buses - because the museum simply isn't big enough to take them all.

So the next phase of the museum's development will see the buildings expand to take the whole collection.

 
Museum details
 
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day, apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Admission is free.

For more details, call 024 7683 2425 or visit the website.


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