Coventry Transport Museum is a dynamic museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the story of Coventry’s unique road transport heritage.
The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport, the majority of which was designed, built and loved by the people of Coventry, and exported throughout the world. From the earliest cycles to the most futuristic concept cars, the museum’s collection is presented as a journey through time, bringing the city’s story to life for more than 500,000 visitors per year. We welcome thousands of school children and students through our doors each year, and our dedicated learning team provide lively and engaging sessions on a wide range of curriculum areas, from Victorian cycles to sustainable transport, all placed within the context of our city and its importance to the world’s road transport industries.
Since we opened our doors over 30 years ago, our staff have constantly innovated in their methods of collection, conservation and interpretation, always striving to push the boundaries of what a transport museum can be. This spirit of innovation is rooted in the stories we tell about our city’s engineering pioneers, and it is with this spirit that we are now engaged in one of our most ambitious projects to date – a £8.5m investment project to further re-energise the museum and its part in our city’s heritage landscape.
The project, due to be completed by Summer 2015, will reflect the depth of Coventry’s part in pushing back the frontiers of transportation manufacturing whilst at the same time stimulating interest in emerging new technologies. It will be a much enhanced, ground breaking museum which will use the importance of Coventry as a centre of innovation in world transportation to attract new visitors to the City.
The project will create a ‘wow’ factor which is lively and exciting, to attract new audiences and inspire people through the story of Coventry and its importance in the world’s automotive heritage. As a result, we will be able to deliver a greatly improved visitor experience and attract new visitors to the City. To achieve this there are two key elements:
To significantly upgrade 12 of the 14 exhibition galleries, relocate the shop, create a new entrance / orientation space and new community engagement spaces.
To restore a 12th Century Old Grammar School, adjacent to the museum, to create new exhibition, education and multipurpose event space for the Museum.
Coventry Transport Museum is managed by Culture Coventry, the trust which also runs the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Lunt Roman Fort and Priory Visitor Centre.