A few weekends we had to drop our daughter off to Leamington Spa, so we decided on the way back we would visit Coventry, I persuaded the missus to go so could go round the shops, but I had an alternative motive and that was to visit the Transport museum. I have been here twice before the first time was about 8 years ago for a quick look around and the second was with my daughter as there was the Doctor Who experience exhibition in the transport museum. Both times was only a quick look around, so thought it would be great this time to have a proper look around.
The entrance to the transport museum is FREE, thought they do ask you your postcode and if you had been before. There is a guide book available for £5. The museum is set out from oldest to newest in transport. So the first part is loads of push bikes, all displays have very informative display boards. Then you go through from the early 1900’s to the present day.
There are all different types of cars most restored though there was one car, I can’t remember the age but was from the early 1900’s and the museum have decided just to conserve it, so tatty material room and rusty body. Which to be honest is nice to see, as we all see cars fully restored to their former glory really anywhere like classic car shows etc. On the day that we visited there was a special exhibition of hot rods, this was great to look at as hotrods to be honest look so cool. There was also some small kids ones that had been custom made.
All the exhibits are set out really well from parts that have what looks like street fronts. There is a section from the war this part is a bit dark but has nice displays of border building and also a box shelter. You have parts that explain about the early manufacturing process even showing you the car with a wooden frame and then the completed car. As you can participate being in Coventry there is a lot about the local car manufacturing like Jaguar, but also Rover etc.
Other types of transport on display include cars, tanks, bikes, buses, sports, and then to the future of transport. There is a nice section about the future of car design, which is great to look and read all the information about concept cars etc. This was very interesting to me as when I was at school and college I wanted to be in the car design industry, but unfortunately I went in a different direction after college going in to the computer industry.
One of my favorite parts was a room with thousands of model cars on display, some that remember having from my childhood and a lovely model scence, which I really liked as anyone that reads my blog would know I love going to model villages.
The last part of the museum for the speed freaks out there with on display the Trust 2 and the Black bird that once held the world land speed records. You can go into a 4d simulator so you could experience the speed of what it would feel like to go that fast. There is a charge for this I think it was £5. There is also a full size replica of the bloodhound supersonic car made out of K’NEX, which is amazing and is made of 383,422 pieces and took 1287 hours to make.
Below are some photos I took on the visit that we had, the place was enjoyable for me, but not really the missus and she is not into cars at all. Would be enjoyable for all the family as there is so much to see but especially for anyone that has an interest in any type of transport.