In 1952 when the first display of veteran cars was shown in the front hall of Palace House, the initial display was only a few cars. This has now grown into a collection of over 250 vehicles which has a magnificent museum (The National Motor Museum) all to itself telling the story of motoring from the earliest days to the present.
In the National Motor Museum there are sections devoted to specialised motoring, i.e. The Motor Sport Gallery for historic racing cars and World Land Speed Record Breakers (including Donald Campbell’s famous Bluebird. There is a typical country garage re-created with sounds and smells of the 1930’s to lend authenticity, and the “Wheels” Pod ride transports visitors on a fascinating journey through 100 years of motoring. Daily and themed tours are held throughout the year at 2.30 p.m.
Special exhibitions run alongside the normal display every month – sometimes weekly. Recently there have been The James Bond Experience and The Secret Army Exhibition, both appealing to boys from 9 to 90. The James Bond Experience had the genuine cars, boats and props from the films – glorious cars all of them. The Secret Army Exhibition told the story of the SOE during World War II. For current exhibitions check out the website http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events
Beaulieu Palace and Museum offers a perfect day out for all the family, for lovers of history, vintage and antique car lovers, and for those who like to sit amidst tranquil lawns and enjoy the peace of the English countryside.