The Cotswold Motoring Museum is owned and run by CSMA Club.
CSMA Club is an organisation which was founded in 1923 and now has more than 290,000 members. The Museum was acquired by CSMA Club in 1999 when the original owner retired. The Museum reflects the motoring history of CSMA Club and caring for the Museum is something for which we are extremely proud, and is really a great day out in Gloucsetershire.
Since 1999 CSMA Club have invested heavily in the Museum. Much of the initial investment has been made to repair and improve the listed buildings, raising health and safety standards, improving facilities for visitors with disabilities in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act and providing opportunities to make the Museum commercially sustainable. Working with museum support agencies we have raised standards of visitor care and introduced policies to improve collections care, access, interpretation and education. In 2005/6 we built a new gallery which allowed us to expand our collection to cover motoring in the 1960s and 70s.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum has recently been awarded “2011 Museum of the Year’’ by Classic Car Weekly”, and it is also voted the top attraction in Bourton-on-the-Water by Trip Advisor users*.
The collection neatly represents a slice of motoring history from the 20th Century. The big showstoppers are of course the over 40+ cars, the caravans, the motorcycles and the dozens of bicycles. But what will really take your breath away is the huge amount of related material. It is the showcases packed with motoring paraphernalia, the old garage equipment, the walls filled with enamel signs, the petrol pumps and globes, everything connected with motoring from branded hat pins to an AA box. Around these objects we weave stories, history, facts and feelings to create a Museum where we hope the past will inspire the future.
*Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water from 26 reviews rating it either excellent or very good, as of 1 February 2012.