The 2016 open season is drawing to a close at the award winning Grampian Transport Museum (GTM). Before the museum closes for 2016 on 23rd October there is a chance to enjoy special school holiday activities, quizzes and competitions, as well as your last chance to see the Guy Martin Collection!

The 2016 open season is drawing to a close at the award winning Grampian Transport Museum (GTM). The season began in the Spring with the opening of a new visitor reception facility that was largely funded by local enthusiasts. This significant improvement plus the inclusion of a number of speed machines from Guy Martin the well-known motorcycle racer, author, TV presenter and truck fitter, have driven visitor numbers right up this year. 30,000 visitors to the museum is an achievable target plus a similar number of visitors to the events on the 15 acre site.

Before the museum closes for 2016 on 23rd October there is a chance to enjoy special school holiday activities, quizzes and competitions. In particular on Friday 21st October there is a Halloween Special that includes face painting, balloon modelling and a special appearance from the ‘Critter Keeper’, bringing along some of his exotic animals, ranging from snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies, to a fluffy rabbit and even a racoon. There is also the chance to seek out a rather scary robot made entirely from car parts and a number of similarly constructed metallic masterpieces!

Last month the travelling ‘Next of Kin’ exhibition, produced by the National Museums of Scotland, moved on to Inverness museum. It has been replaced by a temporary display of engineering miniatures; working models mostly of steam engines, from the museums own collection and loaned by local model makers. Most remarkable is the inclusion of a pair of Fowler BB1 ploughing engines and the ride on balance plough that was winched to and fro between them. These are one third scale and perhaps the best miniatures ever displayed at GTM.

The last day, Sunday 23rd October, will be marked by steaming the Birkhall steam engine adjacent to the new frontage. The engine and the rest of the museum will then be prepared for the Winter and the start of the dismantling and replacement of the 2016 exhibition with incoming new exhibits.

2017 will include a celebration of the cycle to mark the 200 years since the invention of the ‘hobby horse’. The new exhibitions will include vehicles from a number of UK museums with which the GTM shares collections.