The North West Museum of Road Transport (previously St. Helens Transport Museum or St. Helens Bus Museum) is situated at old St. Helens Corporation Transport bus depot in Hall Street, St Helens, Merseyside, England.
The collection of vehicles at the museum includes many examples of buses from local municipal bus companies, which include St Helens, Liverpool, Southport, Widnes, Warrington and Chester, as well as vehicles from the former Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive. Whilst majority of vehicles on display are buses, there are also classic cars, trucks and fire engines.
A substantial new attraction, The Museum of Fare Collection (the only specialist ticketing museum, archive and workshop in the country) started during 2009 and shows a worldwide collection of over 1050 ticket machines dating from as early as 1886. Visitors are invited to try these out which is done under supervision.
A new Lecture Theatre and Events Venue was opened in 2010 with specialist subject lecturers. A Visiting Speaker service is also available. Free rides on vintage buses normally operate on 1st Sunday in month.
Reopened in September 2006 after a £1 million restoration of the old tram, trolleybus, and bus depot, which dates back to 1881, at which time it contained stables for horse-drawn trams.
Run by volunteers, The North West Museum of Road Transport is a special place to take the whole family. Housing an impressive collection of vehicles, this museum shows old buses, classic emergency service cars and loads more fantastic things to see! There are even some fantastic American cars to see. There are frequently events taking place so there is always something to see and do.
The museum is open every weekend, and has attracted not less than 30,000 visitors since its reopening.