London Transport Museum
MONDAY - SUNDAY: 10AM - 6PM
Last entry at 5:15pm
London Transport Museum is one of the main visitor attractions in Covent Garden Piazza. Bringing to life the history of London’s public transport network — its buses, trains, tubes and taxis, from the 19 century to the present day, the Museum appeals to young people and adults alike. With an emphasis on interactivity, the exhibits range from impressive historic vehicles to striking examples of the transport network’s famous poster art and graphic design.
Transport has played a defining role in the evolution of London’s unique identity. From the days of sedan chairs and horse-drawn omnibuses through to the world’s first underground railway and the creation of iconic designs such as the roundel and Tube map, the Museum’s colourful displays offer fascinating insights into how London works.
The lively exhibitions explore over 200 years of history and reveal compelling stories about the influence transport has on London’s society and culture, and how our travel experiences might change in the future. At the heart of the story are the people that have kept London moving over the centuries – Victorian pioneers, the avant-garde designers of the early 20 century and the many thousands of transport workers, including those recruited from overseas during the 1950s and 1960s.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories
Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held a fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend – from the everyday to the curious, and from the past to the present. The Poster Prize for Illustration competition 2019 is made up of art that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multi-layered city that is London.
The 100 illustrations are the shortlisted entries in a competition organised by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum. Artists were invited to create an illustration that visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Over 1,500 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students from around the world. The London Stories exhibition will showcase 100 of the best which were chosen by an independent panel of judges made up of experts from the art and design world.
There’s also an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite poster illustration in the Exterion Media gallery, where the exhibition takes place. The winning illustration will be announced in June and permanently accessioned into London Transport Museum’s collection.
The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories is on display until 14 July 2019. Entry to the exhibition is included with your Museum admission.