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: Hidden London: the Exhibition
This autumn, it's time to take an immersive journey into some of London's most secret spaces with the opening of Hidden London: the Exhibition.
This much-anticipated exhibition will take you on a discovery of London's 'forgotten' spaces in the oldest subterranean railway in the world. These ‘abandoned’ parts of the Tube network have incredible stories to tell about Britain’s wartime past such as the Plessey aircraft underground factory which had 2,000 members of staff, mostly women, working in the two 2.5 mile-long tunnels on the eastern section of the Central line during the Second World War.
Don't miss your chance to see rare archive photos, objects, vintage posters, secret diagrams and decorative tiles from disused stations that have been brought together in one location - some on display for the very first time.
Hidden London: the Exhibition opens on Friday 11 October in the Global Gallery at London Transport Museum. Exhibition entry is included within your admission to the Museum.