National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum originally opened its doors in October 1984 with a collection of 350 motorcycles. It is the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world. The National Motorcycle Museum has a collection of over 1000 motorcycles, all fully restored to the manufacturers’ original specifications.
The Museum has developed into a focal point for the British Motorcycle movement and attracts around 250,000 visitors a year. One of the biggest attractions is the comprehensive cross-section of British machines spanning the “60 Glorious Years” of motorcycle manufacturing in the UK. Furthermore, the museum’s aim is to preserve these pieces of history for future generations to come, as a reminder of this great nation’s industry, engineering prowess and work ethic.
The National Motorcycle Museum’s earliest pioneer machine dates from 1898, with the collection revealing both the development of the motorcycle as well as showcasing the UK’s proud motorcycle manufacturing heritage.
From ABC to Zenith, the collection has at least one example of the 170 marques in the inventory covering every period including the pioneer, veteran, vintage and post war eras. With larger manufactures such as BSA, Norton or Triumph, there can be many dozens of machines of a particular make on display.
The Foyer of the Museum is free to enter and also contains the museum gift shop and admissions desk. The foyer is reserved for special, temporary exhibits as well as some unique machines to whet the appetite for the five main halls to come. The Foyer displays also include:
- A Tribute to Geoff Duke.
- The museum’s collection of sidecars outfits.
- Velocette road machines.
- Other special/temporary displays which change on a regular basis.
Hall 1: 60 Glorious Years:
Hall 1 showcases the 60 glorious years of motorcycle manufacturer in the UK from 1898 to 1960. With machines of all types and marques from the earliest veterans through to the powerful 650cc “twins” of the “rocker” years, this hall helps visitors chart the development of the motorcycle. Furthermore, all the bikes are displayed in numerical/year order 1898-1960. Hall 1 also includes the museum’s large collection of both Vincent & Sunbeam machines.
Hall 2: Road Motorcycles A, B & C (not BSA):
In addition to a motorcycle brands from A to C (not BSA), Hall 2 also contains the following special displays: Brough Superior, Military Machines (Including a special “Troop Aid” feature), Photo Studio (Showcasing a very special or temporary loan machine), Prototypes (x22 machines), and Working Bikes (Police, Ambulance etc).
Hall 3: Road Motorcycles B (BSA) D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N (not Norton):
This Hall contains the Museum’s extensive collection of BSA & Matchless machines all displayed in numerical/year order, as well as brands from D-N (not Norton).
Hall 4: Road Motorcycles N (Norton), T & R (Royal Enfield):
In Hall 4, you will find the Museum’s incredible collection of Norton and Triumph motorcycles. Hall 4 also inclues Royal Enfield machines all displayed in numerical/year order.
Hall 5: Competition Motorcycles A-Z:
And, finally, Hall 5 contains the Museum’s breathtaking collection of competition motorcycles, including road race, off road, sprint & dragster machines all displayed in numerical/year order. This hall also includes several World Record Breakers (Sprint & Dragsters) and Works Norton Rotaries, including all the ex-works Norton Rotary race machines in one place as well as the famous Steve Hislop 1992 Senior TT winning “White Charger”.
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Tel: 01675 443311
Monday: 08:30 – 17:30
Tuesday: 08:30 – 17:30
Wednesday: 08:30 – 17:30
Thursday: 08:30 – 17:30
Friday: 08:30 – 17:30
Saturday: 08:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 08:30 – 17:30
The National Motorcycle Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Senior Citizens: £7.95
Children (5-16 year old): £7.95
Family Ticket: £25.95
Discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
The National Motorcycle Museum is located directly on the J6 island of the M42 motorway, directly opposite the NEC near Solihull in the West Midlands.
Once you are on the A45 and in the vicinity of the NEC and Airport, please look for the highway brown signs.
Sat Nav Postcode: B92 0ED
Some navigation systems misdirect visitors when using the correct museum postcode ending 0EJ. The museum suggests using B92 0ED which is very near to the location and then follow the brown signs which are clearly visible from the J6 island of the M42 motorway.