Take a look inside Silverstone’s Interactive Museum, which houses a £20 million collection.
The Formula 1 British Grand Prix takes place this weekend in SILVERSTONE, and visitors can get an inside look at the “Home of British Motorsport” at the Interactive Museum, which will be open during the race weekend.
With Lewis Hamilton and Prince Harry cutting the ribbon, the £20 million “Silverstone Experience” finally opened its doors at the start of last year. The exhibit was slammed shut mere weeks after it opened, but it reopened this summer under the new label of “Interactive Museum.”
As I entered the museum’s ancient World War II hangar, my thoughts drifted to Britain’s final racing museum.
Following the death of founder Tom Wheatcroft, Donington Park’s magnificent Grand Prix Collection was closed in 2018. Is this something similar? Perhaps even better?
In a homage to the Natural History Museum’s renowned whale, visitors are met with Lewis Hamilton’s title-winning Mercedes swinging from the ceiling as they walk through the front doors.
We were escorted into a dark room with a mock-up grid and a starting gantry after waiting a few minutes for the tour to begin.
With fictional commentary from Sky Sports pundits David Croft and Martin Brundle, a cartoon display of vehicles from Silverstone’s history and present appears on screen.
Although it is intended for children, adult petrolheads will delight in witnessing Jim Clark’s iconic Lotus 49 roaring in all its former splendor.
Once inside, the museum tells the narrative of Silverstone, from its beginnings as a monastery to its use as a landing strip for Wellington bombers during WWII.
Silvertone pays tribute to its first Grand Prix in 1948 and first Formula One race in 1950 less than 15 minutes into the show.
The attention to detail is impeccable, making this book ideal for history aficionados. Along with some authentic race cars from the era, there are original tickets, race programs, and trophies on exhibit.
Following that, we get an inside look at how Silverstone works on race day and how far safety has progressed in the current era.
For even the most basic of enthusiasts, there isn’t much new here, but the interactivity makes it enjoyable for children.
They can commentate on a prior Grand Prix or feel the weight of a wheel cannon during a pit stop.
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