British Motor Museum

England – 90 miles (145km) northwest of London.

British Motor Museum
Banbury Road
Warwickshire CV35 0BJ

Web language: English
TEL: +44 (0)1926 641188

This is a car museum dedicated to historic British automobiles.

7 days a week, 10:00 – 17:00
Check website for national holiday closures.

The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars. Following a refurbishment, the museum re-opened in February 2016, and is now housed within two buildings. The museum boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection spanning the veteran (pre-1919), vintage (1920-1930) and classic (post-1930) eras.

The Museum opened in 1993 as an amalgamation of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s preserved car collection. The Trust decided that the car collection and artefacts had outgrown its then two locations, Studley in Warwickshire and Syon Park in Isleworth (West London).

It was the Trust’s mission to keep the memory and story of the British motor industry, starting from the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. So a building was designed that not only housed the cars and its extensive motoring archive, but also had educational and conference facilities thus ensuring its sustainability. The Heritage Motor Centre, as it was first known, opened in May 1993.

In 2006 the Trust was awarded a Heritage Lottery grant of £1.3 million pounds to further enhance the Museum’s displays and interpretation. Following a public consultation, the result was a number of new exhibitions including “Making British Cars” and “Under the Skin”, all of which are educational and entertaining whether you are a car enthusiast or not. Part of the transformation of the 2006/7 re-development included a new mezzanine floor, which forms a quarter section of the museum and was designed to be a more flexible exhibition space, housing temporary exhibitions.

In November 2014 the Museum was awarded Designated Status, – meaning that its collections were of national and international significance.

The Collections Centre opened in November 2015 as a store for the reserve car collections of both the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. In the winter of 2015 the Museum underwent a further £1.1 million refurbishment to change the layout of the exhibits. The Trust also changed the Museum’s name from the Heritage Motor Centre to the British Motor Museum. It re-opened in February 2016 housed across two buildings.

There is a shop and a café. There is an archive of materials relating to the British motor car history. Throughout the year, various lectures and workshops are run – check website for details.

REVIEWS Automuseums 18 May 2013
We visited the museum before its most recent extension so it should be even better. This is an excellent collection of British motor cars telling the story of the British car industry through an extensive collection of cars.



British Motor Museum