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Review of The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Bovington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring ten powerful exhibitions, you will come face to face with almost 300 armoured vehicles. This unique collection includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger and the modern Challenger 2. There are special events going on throughout the year at The Tank Museum including TANKFEST, Tiger Day and the Vintage Christmas Festival and Craft Fayre, as well as special activity programmes during the School Holiday.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Not been here for 25 yrs, much bigger now and very good displays. WW1 display very moving and informative.
Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Having visited Bovington a few times, as a kid, when it was just housing tanks in some large sheds in the Eighties, I thought it would be an interesting experience to take my little boy on a visit.

He thoroughly enjoyed himself and as little boys are perhaps prone to do so, thought the original tank named "Little Willie" , that's on display, was hilariously funny! I was just in awe that it was built over 100 years ago in 1915, and hadn't ended up on some scrapheap.

There are a lot of tanks here for both adults and kids to find out about and the effort that has gone in to keep these tanks is outstanding.

My one gripe, ok make that three, is:

a) really naff computerised interactive shooting games (with rifle attached to a cable lock) positioned in different zones that charge 1 pound a turn, they ruin the experience as kids just went on and on at their parents wanting to have a go, please remove them, I saw no child using them on a paid basis.

b) some kind of classroom sponsorship for school visits from the makers of the computer game, World of Tanks, was particularly evident. To boil it down to some kind of cool "hip" computer game I think is a little disrespectful in this military museum, it shouldn't have to come to advertising a computer game in return for funds.

c) was a little shocked at the current price to get in, though I suppose being told the ticket is valid for 12 months softens the blow (but then who/how many would typically revisit within this timeframe? Very few I imagine....)

Worth visiting but I would recommend you get there early if you want time to see everything.

1  Thank DJMSwindon
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

What a great museum, reasonably priced and free entry for 12 months as part of the ticket price.

Lots of very interesting exhibits and plenty of different aspects of armoured warfare to look at.

A real bonus was the cafeteria, very well priced and the pasties and cakes absolutely delicious.

I’ll be back to explore further.

Thank Graham E
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

What outstanding value a visit to this museum is (particularly on a rainy day). We spend five hours in the museum but only got around a third of the potential visit done. The guided talks are very informative, and well worth attending during your visit. This really is a gem. I can strongly recommend a visit if in the area, or actually its well worth travelling to.

Thank SimmaW
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Visted with 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son. The newer part of the museum is excellent and the tanks are surrounded by lots of really interesting displays. The older part of the museum is ok if you are really interested in tanks. There is a good cafe and a small indoor play area for younger children. My son really enjoyed being able to sit inside one of the tanks.

Thank Tarby82
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