Yorkshire Automobile and Driving Museums

Yorkshire has an array of exciting museums, including ones focused on the history of driving and automobiles in the United Kingdom. They help tell the story of how motor vehicles developed and evolved over the years, and feature rare pieces of automobile history. Best of all, many of these informative and entertaining museums are free.

Streetlife Museum of Transport

The Streetlife Museum offers visitors 200 years of transport history. The transport museum features a number of scenic galleries, including a 1940s high street where visitors can board a tram to enjoy the sights and sounds of the past. The museum's Motor Car Gallery recreates a 1900 motor show with rare cars dating from 1897. The Streetscape Gallery brings the 1930s to life with reconstructed shops, while other galleries focus on the development and history of the bicycle. The museum also has one of the best carriage collections in the UK and 1930s goods shed with railway artefacts.

Opened in 1989 and featuring more than 12,500 objects, the Streetlife Museum is located in Kingston upon Hull in the historic Old Town's Museum Quarter. The museum is managed by Hull Museums, which is part of Hull City Council. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Streetlife Museum is free. For more information, visit www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums.

Bradford Industrial Museum

Although more than just an automobile or transport museum, the Bradford Industrial Museum includes a stunning collection of vintage motor vehicles. Many of the cars have local links and were made in Yorkshire. The museum's extensive collection of industrial artefacts includes classic cars as well as motorbikes, bicycles, buses, trams and a locomotive. Cars and light commercial vans built locally by Bradford's Jowett Company are on display, as are other locally-made motorbikes and bicycles.

Situated in Eccleshill in the city of Bradford, the Bradford Industrial Museum opened in 1974 and specialises in the local area's industrial history and heritage. The museum is located on the site of the Moorside Mills, which was originally built in 1875 as a small worsted spinning mill. It houses displays on textile machinery, steam power, printing machinery and more. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.bradfordmuseums.org.

Scarborough Fair Collection

Established in 2008, the Scarborough Fair Collection features fairground and mechanical organs as well as showman's engines. Although not at the core of the collection, there are also vintage cars and miniature vehicles on display. The collection is owned by Graham Atkinson, a farmer turned entrepreneur who also owns the Flower of May holiday park in Lebberston. In addition to the museum's collection, there are vintage rides that have been beautifully restored.

The Scarborough Fair Collection is open from 25 March until 1 November. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday, except on Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission is £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for seniors, and £5.00 for children. Visit www.scarboroughfaircollection.com for more information.

Tolson Museum

The transport exhibition at the Tolson Museum includes a range of rare and historic vehicles. The collection includes the three-wheeled LSD, one of the rarest cars in Britain. Originally manufactured by Sykes and Sugden and later by LSD Motor Company, the LSD was produced in Huddersfield from 1919 until 1924. The collection also included the locally made Valveless, which was also manufactured locally by David Brown Ltd. from 1908 until 1915. The museum also has a variety of exhibits that help tell the local area's cultural and industrial history.

Based in a Victorian mansion in Knowle Park, the Tolson Museum is located on Wakefield Road in Huddersfield. It is operated by Kirklees Council and first opened its doors in 1922. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Monday. Admission is free. For seasonal operating hours and more information about the museum, visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/tolsonmuseum.

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