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National Motor Museum

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Explore the history of motoring...

From the earliest motor carriages to classic family saloons, the world-famous National Motor Museum has one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world.

From legendary F1 cars and land speed record breakers for the speed freaks, to incredible examples of pioneering motoring for the history-buffs. If you time it right you'll even hear vehicles starting up!

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Motoring in MinIature - the Toys of Your Childhood

Relive the joy and excitement of your favourite childhood toy cars in this fun-filled family exhibition that showcases more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars.

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Vehicles in the National Motor Museum


With the oldest dating from 1875, the National Motor Museum Trust possesses a collection of 285 vehicles.  You can browse the entire vehicle collection on the National Motor Museum Trust website here.

Lalique glass car mascot

The Luxury of Motoring

Explore the golden age of luxury motoring in a brand new display with a glittering centrepiece of 28 Lalique mascots. More...


Explore the evolution of the motor car in this exciting display. Meet the Beaulieu crash test dummy and turn knobs and handles to see how gears, suspension and engines work. More...

A Chequered History in the National Motor Museum


Step into the adrenaline-fueled world of motor sport. Grand Prix Greats celebrates the history of F1, whilst Road, Race & Rally focuses on sports cars from rallying, hill-climbing, and the consumer market.

Jack Tucker's Garage in the National Motor Museum


Explore a rustic 1930s garage, packed full of artefacts, fixtures, fittings, tools and ephemera from a bygone age.

The Motorcycle Story in the National Motor Museum


From the early days of motor sport to urban culture, see motorcycles displayed with unique backdrops, each giving a hint to their cultural context.

For Britain and For The Hell of It Display in the National Motor Museum


Experience the triumph of British Land Speed record attempts in an inspiring multi-media display.

Engine of the Rolls Royce Alpine Eagle

Vehicle Start Ups

Visit us on a weekend or during school holidays for the chance to hear one of the National Motor Museum's vehicles roar into life at 2pm.

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth outside Palace House

FORd at beaulieu

Ford has enjoyed close links with Beaulieu since 1971. Discover more about Beaulieu's Ford collections.


National Motor Museum workshop engineers work on the De Dietrich 24hp

Behind the scenes

What's it like to work with some of the finest historic vehicles in the world? Find out how our engineers care for the vehicles in our collection in the National Motor Museum Workshop Blog

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Museum tours

Join one of our staff members for a free guided tour of the museum. Find out about the vehicles and the men and women that drove them. Tours start from the museum information desk at 12 noon and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Big 5 Motor Museums


The National Motor Museum is one of five leading National Motor Museums across Europe, who have joined forces to display over 1,500 classic cars for enthusiasts to admire.

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Examples of early vehicles in the National Motor Museum

Itineraries: Plan your day out

To help you make the most of your visit, we've put together some suggested itineraries with hints and tips to help you plan your day out at Beaulieu.

Day out itineraries

What vehicles do you have on display?

You can see a full list of vehicles on the National Motor Museum Trust website. At certain times the vehicles on display may change. If there is a particular vehicle you wish to view please contact us on 01590 614541 before your visit to check it is on display.

I’d like help with motoring research / I’d like to donate a vehicle

Please contact The National Motor Museum Trust for more information.

Do you offer driving experiences?

Unfortunately because many of the vehicles in the motor museum are of historical significance or privately owned we are unable to offer any 'extras' such as birthday or anniversary rides.

I visited the museum this weekend for the first time and was 'blown away' by the content and especially the exhibits.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • January 2020

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