Education Programmes

School children taking a ride in the 1928 Austin Clifton at Beaulieu
Two children with a member of National Motor Museum staff looking at an ipad
Member of staff with school group in the National Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum offers a range of learning opportunities through its award-winning educational programmes.

Hosted by friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff, the programmes are adapted to suit all age groups and educational needs.

Child in sunbeam cut out car in the museumSubjects covered include:

    • History
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Geography
    • Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Maths
    • Leisure and Tourism

Your programme could include: artefact handling, car rides, audio-visual presentations, quizzes and dressing in costume.

Visiting groups have access to our superb lecture theatre and spacious classroom. Your admission fee includes all the attractions at Beaulieu and we recommend allowing time to explore the other features on site.


For all bookings and information, please call 01590 614645 or email us to discuss your needs, availability and special requirements your group may have.

Numbers and Supervision

A schoolchild holding a historic car horn at the National Motor MuseumGroups must include at least 15 children to qualify for our educational programmes; a minimum charge will apply to smaller groups.  Teachers remain responsible for the well-being and discipline of children during the visit and groups must be supervised at all times at a ratio of one adult per eight children.  To allow this, one supervising adult per eight children visits for free.

When the booking has been made, teachers are invited to make a free preliminary visit to meet our education team, plan their visit and carry out necessary risk assessments.  These visits must be booked in advance and any accompanying guests must pay the standard admission fee.

Loans Boxes

Loans boxWhy not enrich your lesson content with the introduction of genuine historical motoring artefacts sourced from the National Motor Museum’s Collections into the classroom.

Our loans box service provides opportunities to develop teaching across the curriculum and allow children to get hands-on using a wide range of motoring artefacts, replica objects and inspirational resources. Loans boxes can be used to enhance your visit or can be borrowed each half term for a small charge of just £5 per box.

Themes covered include: 

    • War years
    • Victorians
    • Motor Sport and Land Speed Record Breakers
    • Horns
    • Lamps
    • Days out
    • Mods and Rockers
    • Carnivals

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website