London Transport Museum

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

Website

www.ltmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

enquiry@ltmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

24 hour information line

020 7565 7299

Administration

020 7379 6344

Booking office

020 7575 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 £13:50; Concessions £10
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.
photograph of exterior of london transport museum

Goodbye Piccadilly: From the Home Front to the Western Front

  • 16 May 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

Discover the impact on London life and the surprising role London’s bus drivers and their buses played on the Western Front.

The exhibition will look at the huge social change accelerated by the outbreak of the First World War. The exhibition will underline the fact that while the men were away at war, women were employed for the first time by the London General Omnibus Company as conductresses and clerks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/upcoming-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.
Buses in Disguise

October Half Term Family Fun at London Transport Museum

  • 27 — 31 October 2014 , *on now

Storytelling: Enjoy an interactive family time-travelling storytelling adventure going back to Victorian London.
Make-and-take craft workshops: Create your own mini buses in disguise inspired by over 150 years of public transport.
Exhibition trail leaflets are available to help families get the most from the Museum’s current temporary First World War exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home Front to Western Front. There are also free stamper trail cards as well as real buses, trains and Tube simulators to play on.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Adult £15 Concession £11.50

Halloween at London Transport Museum

Halloween Friday Late-Subterranean Scream

  • 31 October 2014 6:45-10pm

Delve into London’s dark and deadly side at London Transport Museum’s Halloween Friday Late on 31 October. Dare to enjoy spooky talks about subterranean London and ghostly tales of the Underground. There are also tarot card readings, make-and-take mask making workshops and a Deadly London pub quiz as well as bars, music and a 2 for 1 spookylicious cocktail offer.

• Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube will bring to life the unique folklore of London Underground with his ghostly Urban Legends talk
• Tarot card readings by professional reader Cilla Conway
• Make and take workshops: - frightful masks and fascinators with Fran Herrick
• Face painting: gruesome wounds to glamorous disguises
• Spectral tales from the Museum’s resident ghost
And for those coming in fancy dress Angels are offering 10% OFF costume hire. Visit www.ltmuseum.co.uk for the special discount code.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adult £10 Concession £8

The Iron Road Book

The Iron Road: a talk by Christian Wolmar

  • 12 November 2014 6:30-8pm

From the early steam trains, to the construction of the main line terminuses, and of course the world’s first underground system designed specifically to allow the capital to expand into the green fields beyond, the iron road can truly be said to have created London as it is known today.
London was a pioneer of the railways in several respects. The world’s first local suburban line was the London & Greenwich, which when completed in 1838 had a footpath alongside it for those who did not want to use the trains. Then London boasted the first Underground line, the Metropolitan Railway, which was built using the cut and cover method. It opened in 1863 and ran between Farringdon and Paddington. And as if that were not enough, London also had the first deep Tube line, a tunnel cut through the clay – the City and South London which opened in 1890.
It is though, more than just about railways. Christian Wolmar, transport commentator and author, said: “The railways made London what it is today, and many people have forgotten that. Without the construction of rail and underground spreading from the centre, many of which were designed to serve the suburbs, London would not have been able to expand in the way it did in the 19th century. The history of the railways in London is in fact the history of London itself.”
Mr Wolmar will be also signing copies of his new book The Iron Road on the day.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult £10 Concession £8

New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

1914 – 1918, From Home Front to Western Front

  • 15 November 2014 10am-4pm

Talks throughout the day explore the themes of the exhibition in more depth, and your ticket includes the chance to see the exhibition and our new poster parade display.

Tickets include entrance to the museum galleries on the day. Tickets on sale February 2014.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Day ticket £40.00, Concessions £35.00, Student £20.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#symposium2

illustration showing first world war fashion

Women, Fashion and the First World War

  • 18 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Join fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix and discover how the First World War not only changed women’s lives, but the way they dressed as well. Followed by Q and A session.

Tickets to this event include admission to the London Transport Museum within one month of the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £10.00, Concession £8.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#womenfashion

photograph of poppy on war memorial

Friday Late: Farewell Leicester Square

  • 6 February 2015 6:45-10pm

Join us as we bid farewell to the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition exploring the life of Londoners during the First World War. Further details will be available shortly.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £10.00, Concession £8.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/friday-lates#leicester

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.

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.

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.

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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