Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum’s extraordinary collection are brought together at London Transport Museum to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.
Visitors will love the internationally recognised icons on display such as the Tube roundel logo, or bullseye as it is sometimes called – introduced in 1908 and one of the most familiar sights in London. Other iconic objects on display include Harry Beck’s original 1930s artwork from the famous London Underground diagrammatic map, examples of Edward Johnston’s typography, an original horse tram from 1882 and one of the earliest electric locomotives in Britain.
For visitors with an eye for art and design, the Museum looks after thousands of vintage advertising posters. Including work by world-renowned artists such as Man Ray, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Laura Knight, the rich display of posters are updated several times a year.
For younger visitors, they will love exploring the All Aboard playzone. Designed for children aged 0-7 years old, little ones can play on the fleet of mini-vehicles (trains, boats and even an Emirates Air Line cable car), dress up in uniforms and get behind the wheel of red London bus.
The newest part of the Museum is the Future Engineers gallery which celebrates careers in engineering and highlights the value of STEM subjects to help inspire engineers of the future. Visitors can ‘drive’ a modern Elizabeth line train, become the cover star of The Engineer magazine or become a city planner and design a greener and happier city.
As part of your visit, don’t miss a visit to Hidden London: the Exhibition, the award-winning immersive exhibition that reveals the fascinating history behind some of London’s ‘ghost’ stations. Bringing together rare archive photographs, vintage posters, diagrams, and objects for the first time, this exhibition reveals many secrets of the Underground which have incredible stories to tell. Visitors will see a recreated abandoned ticket hall and a life-size underground dining room used by Churchill during the Blitz. Entry to the exhibition is included within your entrance price.
As part of your visit, make sure to swing past the London Transport Museum shop which offers a wide range of official Transport for London products such as original signs, prints and roundel lightboxes. You can also take a pitstop in the café-bar, Canteen, which offers a variety of hot and cold drink, tasty sandwiches, soups and mouth-watering cakes and treats.
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London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB