A military museum in Dorset saw a record number of visitors for its centenary year. 

In 2023, more than 220,000 people visited The Tank Museum which showcases over 300 tanks from across the world. These include the world’s only running Tiger I, the British Army’s current Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2 and the first prototype tank, Little Willie.

To mark its 100th year, the Bovington museum opened a new exhibition “Tanks for the Memories” which displayed how a tank has been portrayed in popular culture through games, toys, film, and the media.

Rosanna Dean, Visitor Experience General Manager, said: “2023 has been a landmark year for the Museum, with more visitors than ever before.  As a rural, regimental museum, we are delighted that the story of tanks and their crews has attracted audiences of all ages from all over the world.”

2023 has also seen increased investment in accessibility, with the introduction of a wellbeing room, sensory backpacks, BSL tours, and quiet mornings.

She added: “The Museum continues to innovate the customer experience with powerful exhibitions, an inspiring education programme, and a focus on inclusion and accessibility that welcomes all visitors.”

The 17% growth in visitor numbers from 2022 also coincided with another milestone year in the museum’s online community becoming the first museum YouTube channel to gain over 1,000,000 views.

All tickets to the museum include a free annual pass and there is a 10% discount when booked online, excluding special events.

More information can be found on The Tank Museum website: tankmuseum.org/visit-us