Natural History Museum (London)
I am fascinated with history and feel at home in Museums, I am one of those people who you would guarantee to visit the local Museum when on holiday or for the sheer fun of a day out visit a Museum in another city, and this was one of those days. Mum and I went to London and visited a Museum: not just any run of the mill Museum but one ... of the largest Museums in Europe: The Natural History Museum.
Rather than bore you with the full details of my journey I will just briefly say Mum and I decided we would go for a day out to the nations capital on one of local train company special deals without any idea where we would visit it was a case of pot luck until we got there, so arriving in London we bought a travel guide, opened it up and picked a Museum at random. South Kensington was our destination. The Natural History Museum is located on the corner of Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road. The Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museums are close by with Knightsbridge's shops and the Royal Albert Hall within walking distance. An underground walkway from the tube station takes you directly to the Museums without having to negotiate traffic and roads.
Mounting the steps from the walkway we came out into a large garden with a building resembling an enormous cathedral at its centre surrounded by tall cast iron gates. The first thing you see in the garden when entering from the subway walkway is a fossilised tree trunk but behind is a wonder in itself. The Victorian-style, Romanesque building is one of the most striking buildings I have ever seen. Sitting down within the gardens for a snack, Mum and I gazed upon the fascinating architecture before our eyes. Buff-coloured, terracotta tiles interspersed with Victorian blue bricks patterned the walls, moulded flora and fauna terracotta tiles decorated the round-arched windows, along the eves of the roof perched pterodactyls and large, predatory cats and other animals instead of gargoyles. The outside is a plethora of decoration, symbolic of the building's function, a Museum of Natural History. When the Natural History Department of the British Museum grew too large to remain in its home in Bloomsbury the prominent palaeontologist Professor Richard Owen had a vision. The man who gave us the word 'Dinosaur' envisage a grand building with huge galleries designed and constructed purposely to house the largest and tallest of skeleton specimens. Taking 12 years to design and construct, the vision became reality and the new Museum opened its doors to the public in 1881.
Fortified, we entered through a set of recess arches and highly detailed, ornate columns, we walked into the huge Central Hall and came face to face with an enormous 26 metre long Diplodocus skeleton. This was the first time I had seen a full sized skeleton of a dinosaur and wow I was amazed as I gazed upon it in awe but that alone did not hold my gaze and I stared around in wonder. The huge glass windows high above allowed natural light to shine down into the Central Hall with its elaborate, grand staircase rising to second floor of galleries at the far end. This Hall and its galleries were a feast for the eyes as much as the buildings exterior, the same buff-coloured highly decorated terracotta material had been used throughout in the moulded panels displaying insects and fossils, foliage and plants. Climbing monkeys' cling to the corners of walls and niches, animals perch above columns of arches, doorways entwined with climbing snakes, a vast array of life line the walls with sculptures of plants and animals and above are the highly decorated and detailed painted ceilings. Emptied, the building alone would have been fascinating.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The building is split into three sections, the Wonders and Life Galleries and Central Hall the Earth Galleries Atrium and the state of the art Darwin Centre. You can take photographs and videos. TIP always ask if flash photography is allowed as in some Museums their exhibits can be damaged from light for camera flash. You can pick up a free map and information leaflet at the front desk and large print maps are also available on request. I didn't bother with looking at the map, Mum and I were happy to wander and discover things for ourselves however I did pick up a map and a brochure later as souvenirs. Throughout the entire Museum are information touch-screen computer guides in a variety of languages and monitors, charts and displays to help you find what you are looking for. There are hundreds of specimens, tools and casts where you can handle and interact with, for the hands-on approach and with staff near by to help. There are paid Museum Guided Tours available with Special Exhibitions and Events that change regularly. And for the student, course and field studies are available. Kids activity sheets, events for under 7s are available too with discovery guides and structured workshops sessions. You need to allow at least 4-5 hours to tour the exhibits. TIP Ensure you wear a stout or comfortable pair of shoes.
WONDERS AND LIFE GALLERIES
Mum and I centred our tour on the Life Galleries throwing a cursory look at the Earth Gallery due to our time available. Easily you need hours just to walk around the Life Gallery alone. They are split into dinosaurs, insects, mammals, primates, minerals and origin of species covering a good two thirds of the Museum. Beginning at the dinosaurs, we walked into a dimmed area to be met by a Camerasaurus skeleton with its blackened bones, opposite, an armoured Euoplocephalus still partially buried in sand and rock and over in the corner a full sized Triceratops all amazing and unbelievable with a small model beside each depicting what they looked like. Taking the lift up to the 70 metre long suspended walkway just feet below the elaborately painted ceiling (which can also be reached by stairs) we wandered along in gazing wonder from above, past a huge variety of fossilized skeletons and specimens hanging on wires from the ceiling: a Gallimimus, the bird like dinosaurs you see in Jurassic park which run in flocks across the ground to the Iguanodon, or the fearsome Deinoncheirus also known as Terrible Hand because of its claws. Each exhibit had an information plate bearing the name and the phonetic pronunciation of its name with details of its size and species. Every so often we came across and animatronics model which moved and made sounds the dinosaurs made as presumed by scientists. At the end of the walkway there was a ramp leading down to the ground floor past two sets of animatronics dinosaurs, a pair Velociraptors and a pair if Oviraptors hovering over a nest of hatching eggs.
Following the ramp round we saw TV screens and interactive touch-screen computer guides detailing the environment and ecology of the era in a twisting and turning labyrinth. On one wall were cartoons asking why was the dinosaur extinct. One of the images was a group of dinosaurs lying around and one with a bat in its hand tossing a ball. The title said BOREDOM and the speech balloon from the dinosaur said "Come on its only cricket." This creased me up with laughter as I to think cricket is a very boring game. Turning one corner we discovered a full sized, latex coated head of a T-Rex with its teeth coated in blood and its beady eyes glaring indolently. Hurrying through I had to ask Doyouthinkhesawus? Proceeding through specimens and photographs we moved towards the gallery shop and in a glass cabinet on the side was a small unidentified dinosaur. Looking closer you could see it was an animatronics model, breathing and twitching and every few moments its eye would flicker open. Almost alive I expected this model to sit up and move about but fortunately it did not.
If I thought the Dinosaur hall was amazing the Mammal Hall was awesome. I have never seen a collection of mammals as extensive as this as we travelled through the glass enclosed alcoves and display cabinets. We first saw a Giant Panda skeleton at the head of the collection leading into a hall with an assortment of bear specimens with a large polar bear, the tiny red bear and the good old grizzly followed by the predator cats including, lynx, puma, polecat, mountain lion all svelte and proud. We saw a specimen of the extinct Sabre Toothed lion and a beautiful African lion that strangely had a peculiarly worried look upon its face and I was surprised it was smaller than I had imagined. "Oh look a Kangaroo and Joey in its pouch, I thought they were larger than 3 foot," I commented to mum, "and over there, are Koala, aww aren't they cute?" There were pigs, wild boar, sheep, deer, goats and even a bison and gazelle, I had only seen these in pictures. I had become a child again full of excitement at each new animal we came across. Imagine me a thirty something acting like a 7 year old. "Oh now isn't he a beauty?" Mum said and I turned to see a magnificent specimen of a horse that looked so life-like I could imagine its breath on my face. Next came the other equine-like mammals including asses and donkeys much like the one on the beaches in the summer when I was a kid and then a zebra.
I was taking a look at the zebra when mum tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Take a look at this". I turned around and exclaimed in shock "OH MY GOD...." I could not believe what I saw before me. Imagine the scene in a movie where the character looks at something and there is a look of shock on their face before the camera pans around to show the vista before them, that is what it was like for me. It was the most gob smacking sight I had ever seen. The gallery was so large that it would hold the entire Central hall within it but dominating the exhibit was life-size model of a blue whale, suspended from the gallery ceiling, dwarfing even the largest of the modern mammals surrounding it. Dolphin and porpoise cavorted around its tail and hanging beside it were skeleton of other whales. Surrounding the whale were a collection of many world animals from rhinoceros, camels, Indian and African elephants, kudu, giraffes and a comical looking hippopotamus which a gleam in its eye and an expression right out of Disney's Fantasia. So many animals I could wander for hours without getting bored I felt I had seen something special. Up the stairs, was the Primates Gallery but by now our feet were hurting our backs ached we had to rest, so sitting back we gazed along the gallery at the skeletons of primates hanging from the ceiling and each other almost like swinging through the trees. Off we set again following the exhibit that explained their intelligence, communication and social behaviour and of the dangers they face. Only one thing was missing there wasn't a gorilla, it would have been nice to compare it to the one in Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum in Nottingham which I recall first seeing when I was a very small 5 year old and have seen many times since.
Creepy Crawlies section sent a shiver down my spine, insects, spiders, crustaceans and centipedes...Yuck they make my flesh crawl. There were ants, woodlice, bees, locusts and termites all gross looking even behind their glass screens. We hurried through these as I can imagine many others would. The gallery then opened out into the Crustaceans and Molluscs with Crabs and other shellfish, the Fish, Amphibians & Reptiles. This exhibit included fish that live so deep they provide their own light ranging to the everyday Pike which I commented was one of the ugliest looking fish I had seen. There were sharks, porcupine blowfish and hundreds of colourful sea creatures and at the back of one room was an 18-metre model of a giant squid, the largest animal without a backbone. In the Reptiles there were a 150-year-old giant tortoise specimen. Mum told me of a large tortoise she had as a child that looked rather like the specimen we were staring at and other reptiles like lizards and snakes, and iguanas, each interesting and just as ugly as that pike. There was Komodo dragon looking very much like a dinosaur, the alligators and crocodiles here you could clearly tell the difference between the two species, crocodiles have a wider fatter, snout and mouth. Bird's exhibit showed minute details of many different species including nesting habits and anatomy. There were parrots, hawks, sparrows, thrush, cockatoo and many other exotic birds I had never heard of before but one magnificent sight was the hummingbird cabinet filled with hundreds of specimens of the beautiful tiny birds and then finally the skeleton and a specimen of the now extinct Mauritius dodo which became extinct during the 17th century.
EARTH GALLERIES ATRIUM
Have you ever wondered how it all began or ever been in an earthquake? Have you ever wondered why rocks and minerals are important to us or why earthquakes happen? The Earth galleries answer these questions housing a number of collections revolving around the Earth its 'self. An enormous sculpture of the Earth dominates the heart of this section flanked by six impressive statues leading to an escalator taking you other galleries and floors. Among these floors you can discover how life on the planet millions of years ago have much in common with today's Earth comparing features like chromosomes, teeth and bones to man's closest living relatives and how ancient people made and used tools or learn how without minerals which life on Earth would be impossible.
An engraved steel timeline runs the length of the gallery covering 15000 million years of the life of the universe. Following the time rail you can discover how it all began, how the universe works and the origin of shooting stars and meteorites. The Museum is home of 10,000 -15,000 pieces meteorites that have been recovered from all over the world from huge craters in the Earth's surface after their fell through the atmosphere. There is an immense collection of over 3,000 minerals and gemstones and displays showing how scientists work in finding new ways to use these resources like silicon used in microchips or quartz which keeps time accurately.
The Museum also houses an earthquake simulator where you can feel what it is like to be in an earthquake or discover where there have been earthquakes in the last week. Moving on you discover what happens when a volcano erupts and its effect on the planet. You can even see replica casts of hardened ash of a man and dog that died in Pompeii when Versuvius erupted 1900 years ago.
THE DARWIN CENTRE
Is a Research building open to visitors with state of the art laboratories, storage facilities of the valuable collections and where over 350 scientists research and care for the not only the Museums 70 Million specimens of which 22 million zoological specimens stored in jars of spirit, including original specimens collections by Captain Cook and Charles Darwin but also do research to tackle a wide range of concerns in the world today. Daily there are talks and discussions and a free-guided tour is available for those who wish to discover the wonderful collections and behind the scenes of the Museums where you can watch the scientists at work.
THE FROZEN ARK
In conjunction with the Zoological Society with support from the Institute of Genetics at Nottingham University, the Natural History Museum announced today the launch of The Frozen Ark similar to the project to collect seeds from endangered plants run by Britain's Royal Botanical Gardens. What this means is scientists will collect and freeze at - 80 degrees Celsius the DNA from thousands endangered mammals, birds, insects and reptiles is to be preserved. Scientists expect 10,000 species of animals to disappear within the next 30 years although this will be an immense project priority is being given to animals in danger of extinction within the next five years and those like the white Bengal Tiger that are surviving only in captivity. The Tiger is one of 33 species are already extinct in the wild. Specimens will be collected from the wild, animal sanctuaries and zoos.
The first samples of the Socorro Dove native to one remote island; Socorro off the coast of Mexico, Arabian Oryx: an endangered desert antelope from Saharan Africa and yellow sea horse: endangered by hunting for Chinese medicine, were placed in deep freeze on Monday 26 July 2004.
This project has been launched to safeguard animal genetic code for the future in a unique repository but it is hoped it could help in conservation and genetic research and provide future scientists, biologists and conservationists a blueprint of animals that they can understand and study rather than ask themselves questions that take years of research to answer.
There are no current plans to use the DNA for cloning but the possibility in the future will exist to perhaps repopulate the planet of its animals The collection will be stored at the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society with duplicate specimens stored in San Diego, California and Melbourne, Australia
During the 2004 Athens Olympics a new high-performance swimwear range was used by many athletes. This development is the result of 4 years intense study into shark skin by the Natural History museum. The new line developed by Speedo mimicked the skin of sharks increasing the swimmer's speed by reducing drag through water.
THE WILDLIFE GARDEN
Outside is the Museum's first living exhibition, hundreds of wild flowers, dragonflies flitting across the ponds and birds visiting or nesting in the garden, the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside in the heart of London. Also in the gardens are specimens of wild animals like elephants and rhinos.
FOOD AND DRINK
There are three restaurants and cafes and a snack bar and picnic area. High chairs are available in all restaurants
The picnic area is unusual as you can buy, sandwiches, drinks from vending machines or you can eat your own sandwiches here without being told off and not as busy as the cafes and restaurants it's opening times are 11.00-16.30 daily Globe Fast Food sell fast food snacks, tea, coffee and cakes and has an Ice cream parlour that opens during school holidays and weekends. It's opening times are 11.00-16.00 daily
Life Galleries Restaurant is a self-service family-style restaurant, with a choice of three hot main courses, with separate children's' menu and heating facilities available for baby food, and the Waterhouse Cafe focus on Speciality coffee and tea, both have a selection of sandwiches and cakes, cold drinks and are licensed to sell alcohol their opening times are 10.00-17.00.
BOOK AND GIFTS
The Museum has several book and gift shops offering a wide range of books, maps, models, mineral specimens, and many souvenir items, including jewellery and ceramics and children's toys. A colour Souvenir Guide costs £5.50 which is rather cheap compared to many other Museum guides and part of the cost go toward the up keep of the building and its contents. The shops are the Dinostore in the Dinosaur Gallery, the Gallery Gift Shop and the Gallery Bookshop first floor near the birds and insects, the British Geological Survey information office can be found just entering the Earth Galleries and the Earth Gallery Shop in the Earth Gallery main floor
OPENING TIMES AND FACILITIES
The Museum is open every day, including Sundays and bank holidays, but is closed 24-26 December the admission is free although there are donation boxes sited in numerous areas. The opening times are Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.50 Sunday 11.00-17.50 with the last admission is at 17.30. The Museum can get very busy at weekends so it is ideal to take a visit during the week as the crowds are not so bad however you might come across a few school parties and package holiday guided tours while you are there. The additional available facilities are disabled access via many ramps and lifts, cloakroom and baby changing rooms.
I tried to express how I felt touring this Museum I know I was wandering around in a state of awe and smiling like a schoolgirl. It is a place for the whole family, where adults and kids alike can learn something new. The whole Museum from the beautiful architecture to the wonderful and informative exhibits is truly the country's most remarkable Museum; you have to visit it to believe it. I would gladly return again and again to enjoy this wonder to the world Natural History.
Is this a dinosaur I see before me? You bet it is and more.
The Museum website http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
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Cadbury World (Birmingham)
I am the Queen of Savvy shopping and so having saved enough Tesco Vouchers we redeemed these for vouchers to cadburys world. What is Cadbury World ? Cadbury world is a tour of part of the cadbury factory and also a history of the famous Cadbury Chocolate. Booking: Booking is essential and can be ... done via there website www.cadburyworld.co.uk or over the phone if like me you have Tesco vouchers you can only book over the phone but this is still very easy and efficiant.
Cadbury orld is not cheap costing £14.75 per Adult and children 4-15 are £10.75 seniors and students are £11.10 however a family ticketof 4 brings the price to £11.25 and a family of five the price becomes £10.60.
However if you are paying with club card vouchers you cannot buy a family ticket you have to pay individually which I feel is unfair as you also cannot book online and take advantage of the 5% discount.
Like all good establishments Cadbury world has a cafe and the food looked good and was reasonably priced, however in my opinion the drinks were very expensive costing £3.95 for a Hot chocolate and my daft hubby got 4 bearing in mind my neice and youngest daughter are 3 &4 yes you guessed it they ate the cream of the top and then he drank all three and I am pleased to report the toilets are plentiful!
the cafe is also very clean.
Getting there and Parking:
We found that the website has good directions and also gave a postcode for the Sat Nav and the journey was very easy and on arrival the parking was plentiful and free.
What is there to do?
Alonside your tour there is also a big adventure playground, the bournville experiance, and Essence as well as at weekends family shows.
This is a history of how the factory came to be at bournville and also has an old shop with differant packaging you can design yout own packaging for dairy milk and flake which is then displayed in the shop window this is really good exhibition with plenty to keep the children interested.
well yes its a good one the children liked it and there is a seperate section for the little ones.
This was a half hour show and we went twice it really was suberb a very funny magician and ventriliquest kept the parents laughing too.
This tells the story of dairy milk and was again well thought out to keep the children entertained too it starts as a modern employee telling the story when the pictures of the original inventors come to life and then you see the " ghosts" making dairy milk and finally you get to pick a filling and liquid dairy milk is poured over the top jelly babies and choclate is very yummy but sickly!!
we enterred into the tour and we recieved a curly wurly and crunchie each and were offerd to buy the cloth bag at £2.00 to put our chocolate freebies in well do not bother as you get three free bars which fit easily into a pocket of small freezer bag!
The tour is excellant informative and fun the story of cocoa bean harvest is very good and is interactive which kept the little ones amused as they enjoyed being shaken the a bean! you also get to see how chocolates are made and see them being decorated and write with chocolate,
There is also advertising avenue amazing at only 35 how many differant adverts you remember and packaging made me feel very old and nostalig for that cute little boy who told us a finger of fudge is just enough!
We also had our photo taken popping out of an easter egg and a photo with a giant coco bean and also the flake bath I felt the cost of these was very reasonable at only £7 for the first picture and then £4.00 per picture after that and this included differant images.
you can also catch bubbles , fling a cream egg, make your own advert , take a chocolate quiz (I was surprising good!)
The only thing we didnt do was ride the cadbara car as there was a 40 minute wait which we thought was just too long for the little ones at that point.
The tour brings you out into the shop and naturally you feel the need to by something we opted for the coco beans as thesea re something you do not get in the shops all the prices were reasonable although there is not a lot of only available at the shop products which in my opinion is a pity.
We all had a really good time not marred by the youngest feeling poorly and all took something differant from the day I was very interested in the history, hubby throughly enjoyed the adverts and and the girls liked a bit of everything and indeed the youngest took about an hour telling her Auntie all about it and my neice still thinks she went to a shop!
We all enjoyed ourselves we would not go two hours before the tour as really only need an hour to explore essence and bournville experiance and if we go again then we would also walk around bournville.
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Coventry Transport Museum (Coventry)
A 'must see' for anyone interested in the history of cars is the Coventry Transport Museum. I'd put my fella off visiting for years, thinking it would be a similar experience to walking through a car showroom, but recently we found ourselves in Coventry with a couple of hours to spend so ended up here after all. I must say, I ... was surprised. It most definitely isn't like walking through any car showroom I've ever been to and was a great deal more interesting - even for people (like me!) who would rather watch paint dry than spend time studying cars! The museum underwent a £6.3 million redevelopment recently and the exhibits and interactive pieces are brilliant.
The collections are split into a variety of different sized halls, all of which have a specific theme. I particularly enjoyed the first gallery you get to which is aptly named The Introductory Gallery and gives visitors an in-depth introduction into the history of automobiles in the Coventry area. Coventry has always been immensely important to the nation's car making heritage, and it was nice to see this history brought to life in the form of cars from over the years along with brief descriptions about why these particular were chosen for the display.
My partner loved the Commercial Gallery which houses work vehicles such as 1940's deliver trucks, old double decker buses and fire engines plus loads more. He drives an old 1981 pick up for work and remembers his granddad owning some of the older trucks in the display, including an odd looking van which appeared to be made partially from wood! The actual open top double decker bus is on display in which Coventry City FC made their victory parade in 1987 after winning the FA cup. This gallery had an old bus depot feel to it, which I'm not sure was deliberate or not but really suited the appearance of the vehicles!
The Landmarques section is also worth a mention. We all enjoyed this part of the museum as there was something for everyone; the gallery is decorated to catalogue the history of Coventry's contribution to automotives from 1869 to 1948 with the exhibits in a chronological display. I loved the way bunting was hung around the VE exhibits and the authentic pub facia recreated to show off one of the more old fashioned cars. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design of this gallery and different periods of time have been painstakingly recreated and restored; a nice one being the Parkside Garage Ltd replica of a working garage, showing a mechanic at work on an old (and I mean old!) Austin from probably the early 1900's. Fascinating to see the cars people were driving so many years ago, and marvelling at how bizarre they are compared to the Peugeot we drove to Coventry in!
Part of the Landmarques gallery is given over to a wonderfully interesting Blitz exhibition. Coventry briefly moved away from making cycles and cars during the war, and ended up becoming irreplaceable in the war effort. For this reason they were heavily targeted and damaged almost to the ground by enemy bombs, including the magnificent Coventry cathedral which was practically destroyed. The Blitz Experience is brilliant. Decorated in a very World War II theme, it really brings the past to life. Showcased are cars and emergency vehicles of the time, along with a scene recreated to show a street after the Blitz complete with unexploded bombs and 'DANGER' signs. Sounds and even the smells of the time are piped into the enormous gallery, which makes for a realistic and fun atmosphere.
The Coventry Transport Museum is both educational fun. My children enjoyed the interactive screens and games dotted throughout the galleries, and also the fact that they could look at these old cars up close and even climb up and sit in some of them. It's a very hands on museum, that's one of the things I loved about the place. Some of the exhibits are roped off but the majority of them can be touched and photographed closely.
Thrust2, only the second vehicle in history to break the Land Speed Record, is here at the museum and is a beautiful looking machine. Also Richard Nobles other success, ThrustSSC, is here on display. ThrustSSC not only took the Land Speed Record from Thrust2 but broke the sound barrier in the process! To have both of these historical vehicles in this museum is a big coup for Coventry over other transport museums in the country. There's a special display dedicated to these two cars, where you can also watch footage of the records and subsequent attempts to take the Land Speed title. The Thrust simulator is possibly the best thing in the museum. It's great, you sit in the comfortable simulator while a screen gives the impression you're hurtling along at over 700 miles an hour! My kids absolutely loved the simulator, and went on it three times during our visit.
Other items of interest include a display of BMX bikes which my fella studied for what felt like hours, a beautifully maintained E Type Jag and the actual Austin Mini Metro owned by Lady Diana before she became a HRH and (presumably) swapped it for a Bentley!
Throughout the museum there are activites to keep you interested as you go through. From designing your own car using a clever PC graphics package, to watching short films based on life of Coventry car workers in the 1940's. All of the interactive displays are brilliant; fitting with the general atmosphere of the museum and great fun for everyone!
The museum is absolutely huge and spreads over a large area, meaning that if you have mobility problems it could be a bit of an effort. The wide spaces between displays means wheelchair and even mobility scooters will be able to get around with no problems at all, but my mum has severe asthma and there would have been no way she could have walked around the entire complex. There are over 240 cars and 300 bikes on display in the building so it obviously covers a massive amount of floorspace. Even if you have no mobility problems you'll be shattered by the time you get to the end!
Allow at least a couple of hours to get around the Transport Museum if you want to see everything, although a quick whiz round could be managed during your lunch hour. We spend three and a half hours in the museum, which was largely down to the fact that Mark has such an interest in cars and wanted to examine most vehicles in minute detail. The kids loved the unhurried way the interactive displays were arranged, spending over half an hour designing their car on the PC.
The best thing about the museum is the fact that it's free. Completely free. Which is amazing in my opinion considering how much this collection must have cost to put together, and also the overheads involved in running such a big attraction. Because of this 'freeness' the museum can get very busy during the school holidays but the size of the place means it never feels over crowded.
To find the Coventry Transport Museum by car simply get onto the Coventry City Inner Ring-Road and get off at Junction 2, then follow the straight route to the museum. There's no parking on site but several pay & display car parks are available opposite the entrance. Most of the West Midlands buses which drive through Coventry will terminate at Pool Meadow bus station, which is literally a one minute walk away from the museum.
Open 10am - 5pm seven days a week except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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