The world’s leading museum of urban transport and an award-winning day out.
We explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of London, its culture and society since 1800. By sharing this story of innovation, ingenuity, creativity and design, we ignite curiosity about the world around us and how to shape its future.
Our collection is Designated Outstanding by Arts Council England. It includes more than 500,000 objects, from locomotives which powered the world’s first underground railway, to one of the most important collections of 20th century poster art.
Our collection originates in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations.
Over the years, the Museum has had a several homes: as part of the Museum of British Transport, housed in an old bus garage in Clapham during the 1960s and at Syon Park in west London in 1973 as the London Transport Collection.
The collection moved into the Flower Market building in Covent Garden in 1980, being officially opened by Princess Anne.
See the history of the Museum and the iconic building in our Google Arts & Culture story.
Our journey to equality
Like the Capital itself, London Transport Museum is open for everyone.
Putting this principle into practice for all our visitors, colleagues and volunteers is an ongoing long-term priority. One to which we are dedicating time, energy and resource.
Our goal is to be a museum that celebrates diversity and is inclusive in its culture. A museum where everyone is welcome, and which grows and evolves as the city around us does.
Together, our leadership team and trustees are working with colleagues to put plans for change into action.
We will remove barriers which prevent inclusion. We will stand up to attitudes and behaviours which discriminate. And we will focus on reflecting the rich diversity of London in how we collect, curate and share historic and contemporary stories.
We know we have more work to do. But we are committed to making sure our museum, like our city, is open to all.
In October 2020, we committed to:
- Improving our practices around contracts and recruitment
- Providing training to our managers to identify issues and better support colleagues
- Reviewing the historical narratives in the content we create and share to better reflect the diverse history of London’s transport.
Update – May 2021:
Since making these commitments we have:
- Committed to a strategic plan for our people and culture which is aligned to the Museum’s principles of being for everyone, being entrepreneurial and playful, being relevant and authentic, and being dedicated and personal. This includes specific actions, key measures and working groups who will champion progress long-term
- Signed the TfL Anti-Racism Leadership Charter and reaffirmed our commitment to listening and learning from colleagues’ experiences of racism
- Committed to improving our collection and reporting of diversity and inclusion data, to ensure we are transparent and accountable
- Asked colleagues to join our All Change working group, which will develop a new progression framework for diversity and inclusion and act as an advisory board to colleagues
- Reviewed the status of our contracts and are in the process of converting the final tranche of temporary contracts to permanent roles
- Reviewed and installed new gallery content which shares diverse stories from London’s transport history past and present with our visitors:
- London’s original LGBT+ Rainbow crossing and our ‘My Journey to Pride‘ video are both on display for visitors
- Digital animated recordings of poems by TfL colleagues sharing their experiences and connections to the history of the Windrush will go on display in Summer 2021
- A new exhibition exploring the legacy of London Transport’s direct recruitment from the Caribbean, beginning in the 1950s, will open in 2022. Its development is being supported by an advisory panel of people from Black communities with personal experience of and connections to this history, including members of TfL’s Raising Awareness of Culture and Ethnicity (RACE) Staff Network Group
We are also continuing to:
- Share stories from our collection about the people who have shaped London’s transport
- Deliver activities and events which reduce and remove barriers to enjoying the museum for neuro-diverse families and children
- Work with transport businesses to increase diversity within today’s workforce, particularly addressing the under representation of women and people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We do this though our:
- Enjoyment to Employment programme which engages children and families with careers in STEM and transport from an early age
- Route into Work scheme which supports young people not in education and employment, or who may not consider careers in transport and engineering as being for them, into transport industry jobs
- Create opportunities for young Londoners to take their first steps into work in the cultural sector, gain training and build their networks through our Young Freelancer and Apprenticeship programmes
- Engage with pupils at primary and secondary schools across the Capital, particularly schools with high percentages of students receiving free school meals
The Museum’s charitable objectives are to:
- Preserve our transport heritage and interpret the vital role transport has played in the life of our city
- Deliver education programmes for schools, working with over 100,000 young people every year
- Work with communities throughout London on creative and educational projects both within and outside the Museum
- Raise awareness of future transport issues and opportunities to promote a sustainable London
How are you keeping safe during the visit?
We are continuing to monitor the guidance around Coronavirus and we will listen to our visitors and staff and make the necessary changes to keep you feeling comfortable and safe. We have high levels of cleanliness throughout the Museum and have hand sanitiser available for visitors. We are also operating reduced capacity and ask that you book a timed entry slot online before your visit. We recommend you wear a face covering (unless exempt).
Do i need to book in advance?
You need an Annual Pass and a timed entry ticket to visit the Museum. We recommend you purchase your Annual Passes and timed entry tickets online before your visit. Kids go free, so don’t need an Annual Pass but they do need a free timed entry ticket, which you can book online. Find out more about Annual Passes and timed tickets on our Tickets page. We do have a limited number of walk-up tickets available to purchase on the day.
Why do I need a Annual pass to visit the museum?
You need an Annual Pass to visit the Museum. We don’t sell day tickets because of the way we collect Gift Aid. As a charity, this is important to us, as it allows us to continue to deliver our educational and charitable objectives. We offer three kinds of Annual Passes: Unlimited Annual Pass Unlimited daytime entry to the Museum in Covent Garden for an entire year. Adults £21 / Concessions £20 / Local Resident £15 / Universal Credit £1 Off Peak Annual Pass Access to the Museum on weekdays after 2pm in term-time and summer holidays for £18.50 Annual Pass Plus Unlimited access to the Museum and our Depot Open Days for you and up to children for £60
Can i change the date and time of my booking?
We are happy to help you rebook for an alternative visit date and time at London Transport Museum. Please contact our Bookings team to make amendments, if possible, no later than three days prior to your visit.
When should i arrive / What happens if i miss my time slot?
Time slots are available to book hourly for a visit to the Museum. Please arrive any time within the hour stated on your ticket. If you are late for your timeslot, we will try to admit you at the next available opportunity, subject to our capacity. During busy periods we cannot guarantee entry if you miss your timeslot.
Is everything open?
Everything is now open for visitors, apart from our book corner and inside our Q-Stock train and Gold RT, due to ongoing restoration work. Some of our older vehicles also remain inaccessible. Our cloakroom is also open.
Can i bring a picnic?
Yes, you can bring your own picnic to the Museum. Please eat your food in the Lower Deck Cafe seating area only.