The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage, and veteran eras.
Situated in the small village of Gaydon, Warwickshire, the Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, whilst the Collections Centre building is a modern contrast. Together they stand proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.
From famous firsts and racing classics to cars from the Royal collection as well as celebrity cars from TV and film. Brands include Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Mini, and many more.
Exploring the British Motor Museum
Experience a captivating journey through a series of displays, each depicting a different aspect of Britain’s varied and extensive motoring history.
Walk along the Time Road, a century of motoring history beginning in 1896, and experience how motoring has changed: the roads, the cars, and even the fashions. Discover when the first driving test was taken and where the first motorway was built. Watch out for our costumed explainer, Lady Edwards, who will help you imagine motoring in the early days of the car.
Design & Concepts
In this area, one will see a unique array of prototype vehicles such as the Triumph Lynx and the MG EX-E concept car, which never quite made it into production. The touch screen panel allows visitors to investigate in more depth the design process, the designers themselves, and other ‘what might have been’ cars.
This section celebrates the much-loved British sports car from manufacturers such as Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, McLaren, and Aston Martin. Visitors can stand inside our sectioned 1965 MGB GT – divided into two halves for display at the British Motor Show in 1965. The touch screen panel allows visitors to look in more detail at the manufacturers, advertising, and famous faces such as Colin Chapman and Donald Healey.
The Jaguar zone features an exciting selection of vehicles representing some of Jaguar’s finest sports and racing cars. The vehicles are owned by the Jaguar Heritage Trust and are a small sample from its collection of some 150 historic vehicles.
The touch screen panel allows visitors to investigate in more depth the history of Jaguar through the decades, its involvement in motorsport, and the people who helped make it the international brand that it is today.
The Land Rover
The Land Rover display is dominated by a man-made ‘mountain’ designed to show off the Land Rover’s off-road capabilities. Cars on display include a 1968 series IIa SAS ‘Pink Panther’, an amazing, tracked Land Rover ‘Cuthbertson’, the Range Stormer concept car, and the very first Range Rover off the production line.
The display features authentic film footage and images from the archive. The touch screen panel allows visitors to follow the journey of Land Rover from functional vehicle to style icon and to discover some of the adventures Land Rovers have been on.
Making British Cars
Using many images from the Trust’s extensive collections and archive, ‘Making British Cars’ tells the tale of the changing times and fortunes of the motor industry in Britain. It describes the progress of technology, growth and mergers, and the highs and lows of some of Britain’s most well-known companies. See how the industry has altered over a century and Britain has been a leader in car production, design, and innovation.
Yet it is not just a story of factories and machines. It is very personal history, featuring the many thousands of people who have worked in the industry. Brought to life by archive images and moving film, Making British Cars charts the ever-changing scenes of working life, fashion, wellbeing, and social times for those that have been and still are involved in building cars in Britain.
Under the Skin
Do you know what goes on underneath the bonnet of your car? Get hands-on in the interactive ‘Under the Skin’ zone, suitable for all ages with lots of levers to pull and buttons to press, including steering simulators and a car that you can climb in to play. You might be surprised what you take for granted every time you turn the key in the ignition.
Film & TV Cars
The Film & TV cars zone includes the most popular movie vehicles – the fabulously pink FAB 1 from Thunderbirds, the Land Rover Defender used in the opening sequence of the James Bond Skyfall movie, the Tomb Raider Defender, the Land Rover ‘Judge Dredd’ City Cab and a replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future 2.
This section tells the story of Rover and the gas turbine. With three Rover gas turbine cars on display, including the unique Rover BRM which completed Le Mans twice, you can discover the reasons behind Rover’s fascination with the jet engine.
The display features four of the world’s fastest MGs - along with fabulous images and film.
The Museum includes the first bespoke royal Land Rover state review car - one of the fleets of vehicles used for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth Tour - and a 1971 Rover P5B, personal property of HM the Queen.
This and much more to explore in the museum with plenty of outdoor space available for driver training, team building, and drive-in cinema-style events. There are conference and exhibition suites as well as a sky suite located on the top floor with large panoramic windows and a rooftop terrace.
Junction 12 Café
Situated on the first floor, the Junction 12 Café serves a delicious range of hot and cold meals, snacks, and drinks, freshly prepared onsite by our award-winning catering team.
With a range of hot and cold food, sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious cakes, we have something for everyone - including children's meals and gluten-free options.
From vibrant glasses, cases to tax disc key fob, or a 60’s jigsaw puzzle, coffee mugs their wide collection of gifts will fascinate everyone and will remind them of the amazing and enriching experience of their visit to the museum.
With a selection of interactive exhibitions and family activities, the museum is ideal for families, making learning fun for school students, community engagement and it’s a brilliant day out for motor enthusiasts.