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Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust

The Friends support the work of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in its considerable task of preserving Britain’s diverse motoring heritage. Support is interpreted in its widest sense with the most important contribution being through membership subscriptions.

In return for membership, Friends receive a range of benefits: 

The Friends tour the Museum Workshops

  • Free admission to the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and Exhibition of Monastic Life, with concessionary guest rates.
  • Free admission during normal opening hours to numerous world-renowned motoring events, including the Spring MotorMart-Autojumble held in May and the International Autojumble in September.
  • 'Quick-Entry' desk at both Autojumbles, by-passing the queues.


  • Newsletter, issued twice a year, which carries news about the Museum, Trust and Friends activities.
  • Friends’ E-Bulletin sent regularly to those who can provide an email address
  • 10% discount off the cost of uncovered stand space at the Spring and September Beaulieu Autojumbles.
  • The opportunity to purchase tickets for Friends Evenings.
  • 10% discount on goods purchased in the Beaulieu Attraction shop.
  • 5% discount on tyres purchased from Vintage Tyre Supplies Ltd.
  • 10% discount on the National Motor Museum Library services.

Friends Evenings 

Chris Barrie at the Museum

Chris Barrie at the National Motor Museum

A wide range of special Friends Evenings are held at Beaulieu during the Autumn and Winter for which there is a small charge. These focus on a variety of transport related subjects. Past speakers and events have included leading motoring personalities and opportunities to see behind the scenes at the Museum. Details of these evenings can be found here and in the Newsletter. Tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, can be purchased by completing the booking form contained within the Newsletter.

The Friends evenings usually take place on a Saturday and normally the National Motor Museum is open from 6.00pm for a private viewing. All talks and film shows take place at 7.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, concluding around 10.00pm. A pay bar is available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. We regret we are unable to provide food.

Past speakers and events have included:

  • Chris Barrie - The First 100 Machines
  • Wing Commander Andy Green, OBE, MA, RAF – The Fastest Man in History
  • An Evening with Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE
  • Hold On – The Stan Dibben Story


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