London Transport Museum is the conservation and education charity dedicated to preserving our heritage and explaining it to museum visitors.
Located in the Grade II-listed Flower Market building in Covent Garden, the museum houses more than 450,000 items of transport memorabilia, including historic vehicles, posters and photographs. Displays tell the story of how transport has evolved in the capital over the last 200 years.
Events running throughout the year include talks, exhibitions, Friday Lates and activity sessions for school children.
The museum works with us to deliver a number of projects and partnerships. These include:
- A Safety and Citizenship programme which promotes safe and responsibly travel to around 93,000 school children from across London every year
- The Youth Travel Ambassador scheme which helps engage young people with transport issues
The museum was granted charitable status in 2007 as an educational and heritage charity. This opened up new sources of funding such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
London Transport Museum’s Museum Depot in Acton is home to collections not on display at the main site in Covent Garden. The 6,000sq ft depot opens to the public for special events, including themed weekends and guided tours.
More than 320,000 items are at the Depot. These range from original artworks, vehicles, signs, models, photos and uniforms, forming one of the world’s most comprehensive records of urban transport.
The London Transport Museum shop sells transport-related items such as toys and gifts as well as poster prints, books and even furniture.
Money generated through sales is used to support the museum’s charitable work.