Haynes Motor Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Vintage and antique vehicles
If the name Haynes sounds familiar, it ought to! The museum was established in 1985 by the Haynes Publishing Group, who publish the popular Haynes series of automotive manuals.
There are over 400 historic vehicles on show. The oldest vehicles are grouped together in one hall called the 'Dawn of Motoring', displaying only automobiles built prior to 1910. See a 910 Renault Twin Cylinder AX, and a 1898 Daimler Wagonette, dubbed 'Fiery Liz'.
A pair of halls display only British and American classic cars, including a 1965 Jaguar E-Type and a 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. The prize exhibit in the classic car section is a 1931 Duesenberg Tourster, one of just 8 ever made.
One hall focusses on speedway motorcycles, while another covers British-built motorcycles, predominantly Norton and BSA. There is a hall of more modern cars, built after 1980.
See supercars like the Jaguar XJ220, luxurious Rolls Royce and Bentley models, and a special Motorsport hall devoted to a wide range of track and road racers. A special exhibition hall hosts changing exhibits on a different theme. Recent exhibitions include a history of Ferrari and 100 Years of Advertising the Motor Car.
In addition to the large display halls, there is an outdoor collection of military vehicles.
One unexpected pleasure is penny arcade automotive games from the 1950s and 60s plus more modern video games on a motoring theme.
The popular Red Room showcases 50 red sports cars, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and AC Cobra models, plus a 1955 MG TF and a rare Bricklin sports car.
About Haynes Motor Museum
Address: Sparkford, nr Yeovil, Somerset, England, BA22 7LH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Just off the A303 at Sparkford
Website: Haynes Motor Museum
Photo Credit: Benjamin de Campos, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Lytes Cary Manor - 5.3 miles (Historic House)
Gants Mill and Garden - 5.6 miles (Historic Building)
Bruton Dovecote - 6.1 miles (Historic Building)
Northover, St Andrew's Church - 6.3 miles (Historic Church)
Oborne, St Cuthbert's Church - 6.5 miles (Historic Church)
Sherborne Abbey Church - 7 miles (Historic Church)
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