Coronavirus – Important information

The museum collection will reopen to visitors on Monday 17/05/21, please click here for key information.

The museum is currently closed, but online sales via our web shop remain operational. This includes all retail goods, Bruce Main-Smith Technical literature and online raffle sales. However, please note that we will be unable to dispatch goods ordered until the Thursday of each week. This will also include confirmation of your on-line raffle entry. The National Motorcycle Museum values your support very much at this difficult time, please rest assured that we will dispatch all goods ordered as soon as we are able. For any queries please contact

Offering an item to the museum

Collecting is the core work that we do and new material is being added to the collections all the time. We are always grateful for offers of British Motorcycles, spares and related artefacts. For more details please read the Museum’s Collecting Policy and see our Fundraising & Donations page.

All potential acquisitions are carefully considered, to ensure that they meet the criteria of our Collecting Policy.  There are many things to consider, such as the condition of the motorcycle/ object, its significance to the collection, whether we already have similar motorcycles/ objects, and if we have sufficient storage space.

The Museum will occasionally purchase significant items, however we have to very carefully consider what we purchase, due to very limited budgets and the fact that unlike many similar institutions, The National Motorcycle Museum receives no public funding.

Loaning an item to the Museum.

The Museum will only agree to adding loan items to the collection if they are for short term temporary exhibitions, or if the motorcycle/object is of great historical importance in relation to the British motorcycle industry or (British) motorcycle sport.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of donating/loaning an item to The National Motorcycle Museum please e-mail