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Haynes reports huge increase in visitor numbers

By Mblazeby  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

  • Ed Vaizey in green Austin Special with John H. Haynes OBE

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The Haynes International Motor Museum has reported a 246 per cent increase in visitor numbers following its re-launch last month.

The increase, which is a record in the museum’s history, accompanies the news that there has been a 77 per cent increase in the number of educational visits.

The museum, which has a collection of 400 of the greatest cars and motorcycles from around the world, recently underwent a £5 million renovation which included the creation of three brand new exhibition halls, a Haynes Motorland for children and the introduction of new interactive exhibits.

Last month, 500 guests attended the re-launch of the museum which was opened by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP who praised the museum for the prominent role it plays in the Somerset and West Country economy.

Marc Haynes, Managing Director of Haynes International Motor Museum, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed such an increase in visitors over the last month since our re-opening.

“This is fantastic news for us and importantly also for the local economy, particularly after a difficult winter when the region was devastated by flooding.

All our facilities are fully operational and we look forward to further establishing ourselves as a gateway destination for tourism in the region.

“We are also pleased to see the uplift in visitors for educational reasons. As an educational charitable trust, we have always prided ourselves on providing a fun experience, yet one where visitors can discover the evolution of the car and engineering through the generations, encouraging the young to take an interest in our heritage in an authentic interactive way.”

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