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London Transport Museum

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London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum nestled in the corner of Covent Garden will attract anyone with a love of buses, trains or the history of transport in London. It’s one of the better museums is you’re travelling with children (the science museum is my other top recommendation for sightseeing with kids).

Historic vehicles are on display along with vintage posters and models and there are interactive exhibits such as a tube driving simulation.

Lesser known is the fact that the museum also has a depot at Acton on the outskirts of the city at which items in the collection that are too large for the main museum are on display (but the depot is only open at special times of the year). [more ]

London Transport Museum


London Transport Museum was finally opened last week after having undergone vast structural changes.I love museums and especially this one because it has everything from the past,present and future.I am glad it is still situated in the heart of Covent Garden in the historic Floral Hall and what delighted me the most when I went in to have a peek was that it had all of the previous exhibits as well as a whole array of new ones. In my opinion the best thing to come out of the improvements is that there is 25% more display space which allows for threefold increase in how many exhibits will take up space here.
Always popular with everyone the ‘best train set in the world’ is till a popular exhibit;as well items depicting the history of the ever popular red London buses which began life as horse-drawn omni-buses to the very latest bendy buses.Other than that there is a very detailed section on London Underground as we know it today.
The exhibition is a fascinating illustration of showing visitors not only behind the scenes activity of the capital’s transport system but also what it’s like to be at the front end.
Old favourites like the very first underground steam engine are displayed alongside new and modern inventions. Plus there is an added bonus because there are interactive displays to show visitors what the transport system will look like 50 years from now. The interactive simulators also now visitors to feel what its like to drive a London Underground Train-I certainly tried that and it was awesome.
London Underground is not the only thing that is the centre of attention, there is also a huge section given to other modes of transport like;-trams, cross-river travel, cars and much more.
For the design enthusiast and poster addicts, well there is a special treat, because for the first time ever Harry Beck’s original artwork for the world famous underground map is on display-and that is really worth the trip. Artists, design addicts and photographers can appreciate all the Underground posters because they have always been iconographic of London a whole, and it is good to know that a lot of modern posters are in the exhibition as well. I was intrigued to see posters by Man Ray and McKnight&Kauffer. Other than the physical exhibits I think its an excellent tribute to modern architecture because the museum parallel’s the development of one of the most coherent ever corporate identities ever. [more ]

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum is located at Covent Garden Piazza (to get there take tube to Covent Garden).

London Transport Museum is opening after 2 years and Ł22m of refurbishment on November 22nd and for anyone who loves the tube as much as I do, this is a must see. It tells a story about the London transport system over the last 200 years. You will be able to see a collection of old buses, tube carriages and trams as well as take a look at the possibilities how the transport will evolve in the future. You can also see a great deal of old posters that were used during the years as commercials on the Underground. For kids there is the bus and train simulators that will prove fun.

Opening hours are Sat to Thu from 10:00am until 6:00pm and on Fridays from 11:00am until 9:00pm.

Price of admission is Ł8 for adults and free for children. [more ]

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