London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London
Greater London
WC2E 7BB
England

Website

www.ltmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

24 hour information line

020 7565 7299

Administration

020 7379 6344

Booking office

020 7565 7298

Fax

020 7565 7254

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Lively new galleries tell the story of London's transport system and how it shaped the lives of people living and working in London. The Design for Travel gallery showcases original artworks and advertising posters. The Museum also features vehicles from the past, present and future including the iconic Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Sat-Thurs 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)
Fri 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)
Check website for Friday Lates programme

Admission charges

Adults £16; Concessions £13.50
All individual tickets purchased after 20 October 2010* allow unlimited admission to the museum for a 12 month period from date of purchase. Tickets are intended for use by the purchaser only and are non transferable. Please retain your ticket for future use.
* Tickets purchased before 20 October 2010 were valid only for one day and cannot be reused.

Under 16's: free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

This museum's wide-ranging collections, including vehicles, posters, uniforms, photographs, film, architectural fragments, engineering drawings and oral testimonies are all Designated Collections of national importance. The wealth of material is used to great effect to chart the development of the first public transport system in a major city.

Of special significance amongst the vehicle collection is a locomotive and carriage from the City and South London Railway of 1890, the first underground electric railway in the world. The reserve collections are now accessible to the public at the Depot, the Museum's open-access store, whilst more information about the collections continues to be made available through the Museum's website and electronic databases.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
B-type Bus Pigeon Loft

Goodbye Piccadilly: From the Home Front to the Western Front

  • 16 May 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

Goodbye Piccadilly presents London Transport Museum’s unique perspective on the First World War, exploring how the conflict accelerated social change, how it impacted on the lives of Londoners. The exhibition also delves deeper into the essential role undertaken by bus service staff and buses in the war effort, both at home and abroad. It looks at the impact of aerial bombardment on life at home, as well as sheltering on the Tube and rationing – both of which were introduced for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £16 Concession £13.50 Children under 17 Go Free

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Crossrail Liverpool St Finsbury Circus

Breakthrough: Crossrail's tunnelling story

  • 1 February — 31 August 2015 *on now

The exhibition brings to life the sheer scale of the work being done to deliver Crossrail, the new railway that will bring a 10 per cent increase to the city's rail capacity. Visitors will experience the tunnel environment, learn about the way Crossrail is burrowing under London, play interactive tunnelling games and hear the first hand experiences of those who work underground.
The exhibition will feature a large, five metres high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to allow visitors to experience what it might be like to stand in a tunnel which is under construction deep underground. The tunnel will contain a computer simulation of a giant boring machine in action, just like the one being used to dig Crossrail’s tunnels.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £16 Concession £13.50 Children under 17 GO FREE

LTM Friday Late

Friday Late: Farewell Leicester Square

  • 6 February — 6 March 2015 *on now

Come and party after hours and celebrate the emerging jazz age of the 1920s and the dawn of a new kind of London nightlife on Friday 6 February 2015 at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Here are just some of the glamorous activities guests can indulge in:

• Join head bar tender Erik Lorincz, from the American Bar at the Savoy for a cocktail presentation. The award winning barman will be talking about the history of the cocktail and the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel and his design genius behind the evening’s speciality 1920s cocktail
• Listen to a 1920s style live jazz band
• Join an Art Deco workshop and make a flapper headband or guys can print their own Art Deco pocket handkerchief to smarten up their jackets
• Travel back through the decades with a talk about sex and scandals, law-breaking nightclubs, risqué cabaret and the rise of drug culture at the end of the First World War
• Bright young things can get in a flap in a friendly pub-style quiz
• Explore the Museum in a scavenger hunt
• Jazz up your look at the luscious hair and beauty parlour with the ladies from Lipstick and Curls
• Join London Transport Museum curator Simon Murphy in an illustrated talk entitled “From depression to boom” which delves deeper into the themes of the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition, the Museum’s current exhibition about life during and after the First World War

The Farewell Leicester Square Friday Late toasts the new jazz age and the start of modern nightlife in London. As well as music, a bar, and creative make and take mini workshops there will be a talk by author Lucinda Gosling about early 20th century dance venues, life after dark and how sex and scandal was never far from society’s door.

The event also bids a farewell to the Museum’s current Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home to the Western Front exhibition which has been extended and will now finish on 19 April 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adult £10 Concession £8

LGOC Women Garage

All Change! A Talk at London Transport Museum

  • 10 March 2015 6:30-8pm

By 1918 women were more economically independent, visible and self-assured of their role in a changing society. But was this transformation entirely a result of war, or were women already emerging from the shadows of their domestic role before 1914? Whilst war was undoubtedly a catalyst for change this talk will also reveal how many women were already pushing social and cultural boundaries before war was declared. Whilst the Representation of the People’s Act in 1918 – that gave some women the right to vote – is often placed within the context of women’s contribution to World War I, this talk will uncover how more gradual and subtle changes in society, were equally influential for the passing of the Act.

The talk has been arranged as part of the Museum’s temporary First World War exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home Front to Western Front exhibition which has been extended by popular demand and will now close on 19 April 2015. The event also forms part of Transport for London’s 100 years of Women in Transport programme and celebrates International Women’s Day 2015.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adult £10 Concession £8

Open Day London Transport Museum Acton Depot

Hidden London - Get Behind the scenes at the Museum Depot, Acton

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 11am-5pm

The Museum Depot in Acton is our working museum store housing over 370,000 objects. Sights include rare road & rail vehicles spanning over 100 years, bus and rail sheds, signs, ceramic tiles, ephemera and ticket machines.

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April London Transport Museum will throw open the doors of its Depot in Acton, west London, giving Londoners and visitors to the capital the chance to peek inside and marvel at treasures from London’s transport past and present.

A weekend jam-packed with activities to celebrate the hidden stories of London’s transport system is in store for families, local residents, transport enthusiasts and anybody interested in the secret history of London.

Visitors will be able to take a trip on a moving miniature railway, take part in a guided bus pit tour, watch live demonstrations of how the Emergency Response Team deals with incidents on the transport system, listen to a talk by the editor of the Londonist about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground, while film buffs can put their feet up and watch rare films from the Museum’s archives.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

The Museum Depot in Acton
118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
Acton Town
London
W3 9BQ

Admission

Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

Children and young people aged 17 and under go free (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult) Tickets can also be purchased from our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily)

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/museum-depot/open-weekends

London Places and Spaces Friday Late

  • 15 May 2015 6:45-10pm

Be the first to see our new poster exhibition - The Illustration Prize 2015: London Places and Spaces. We'll have plenty of talks and activities to keep you busy, music and bars, plus there's the chance to see the exhibition itself.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults £12.00, Concessions (Senior citizens, students and those in receipt of state benefit assistance) £10.00

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Is this the Way Home?

In this session students join our actor on the hunt for our mischievous mole, Montague Pinner. Montague has managed to get himself lost after a day out in London. By following the trail of clues your students help to find Montague and get him home safely!
Session length: 40 minutes
Group size: 15 pupils maximum
Session designed for foundation and key stage 1 students

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Build a Bus

In this session students will become real engineers. By using gallery investigation and helping to build our magnetic bus, children will learn the different parts that make up a bus and the shapes that can be discovered from within.
Session length: 60 minutes
Group size: 30 pupils maximum
Designed for foundation and key stage 1 students

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Future Generator

http://future.ltmcollection.org

This online interactive offers a series of choices about how we may live and work in the future. At the end, possible scenarios run to demonstrate how choices we make now about recreation, housing and transport may affect the country in the future. There are also links to the reports and research into the science behind these calculations.

Next Stop… London!

In this story telling pupils get to climb aboard London Transport Museum’s story train on a journey around the sites and sounds of London. This session includes station stops at a Wembley Stadium football match, the monkey enclosure at London Zoo and the River Thames! Session length: 35 minutes, Group size: 30 pupils maximum
Session designed for foundation and key stage one.

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Platform Promenade

In this lively actor led schools session, students embark on an investigative journey through the Museum to discover differences between types of vehicles and how people travelled in the past. Group size:15 pupils; Duration 35 minutes; designed for foundation and Key stage 1 students.

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

To book call or e-mail the Museum bookings team on 020 7565 7298, or bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk. Sessions cost £1.50 per student. Accompanying adults free.

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