Bovington’s Tank Museum set to reopen in May but sad it’s not sooner

The Tank Museum says it’s disappointed not to be opening in April 2021 alongside non-essential shops but, as long as the Prime Minister’s roadmap stays on track, it’s gearing up to reopen in May 2021 with a fully redeveloped World War Two exhibition hall. 

Like all other venues, the Tank Museum is currently closed due to Covid restrictions, and several of its top events such as Tankfest have been postponed as a result.


However, under the government’s route out of lockdown, the museum should be able to reopen its doors on Monday 17th May 2021 assuming coronavirus cases remain under control.

Tanks at the Tank Museum
The Tank Museum

Disappointment at opening date

The Tank Museum has expressed its disappointment at the May opening date, having hoped to open during the second phase of lockdown easing in April. This is when non-essential shops are due to reopen.

Museum spokesperson, Nik Wyness said:

“As there had been no evidence of Covid transmission at any museum or indoor attraction, we would have preferred to open our doors much sooner.

“But public health comes first, and nobody wants to see a resurgence in the virus or a return to lockdown.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but will be prepared to open our doors with all our Covid Safe controls in place, the very day we have permission to do so.

“I would like to thank supporters for their continued interest, backing and loyalty during a challenging 12 months. We can’t wait to welcome you back again to The Tank Museum.”

WWII Tanks
The Tank Museum

Upcoming attractions

Among the attractions for visitors once lockdown is over, is the World War Two: War Stories exhibition, which will be fully installed by the time of reopening.

The first part of this exhibition opened when the first lockdown was eased last summer, featuring the story of the Royal Armoured Corps between 1939 and 1945. The exhibition is expected to feature even more when the museum reopens, including fresh mannequins and models.

Some of the museum’s big events – which were postponed due to lockdown – are also set to take place.

This includes the chance to see the Tiger 131 tank in action at Tiger Day on 24th July 2021 as well as the tank extravaganza of Tankfest between 17th and 20th September 2021.

Further information

  • To find out more about the reopening and upcoming events at the Tank Museum, visit its website here.

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