London Transport Museum for the mechanically minded

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB

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Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15) Friday 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)

The London Transport Museum for the mechanically minded

The London Transport Museum, abbreviated as the LT Museum situated in Covent Garden , London, is on a mission to conserve and analyze the capital’s heritage of mechanized transportation. Most of the museum’s exhibits belong to the collection of London Transport, yet, since Transport for London or Tfl was created in 2000, the museum has been expanded to cover all aspects of transportation within the city.

The London Transport museum has two bases of operation within London. The main base is situated in Covent Garden and uses the name of the parent institution, sometimes followed by Covent Garden being open to the public any day of the week.Following a 2 year renewal it has recently been reopened. In Acton we can find the other site which is known as the London Transport Museum Depot and is principally a storage site that is open on regular visitor days all year round.

 

The museum was briefly renamed London’s Transport Museum to reflect its coverage of topics beyond London Transport, but it reverted to its previous name in 2007 to coincide with the reopening of the Covent Garden site.

London Transport Museum

The first parts of the collection were brought together at the start of the 20th century by the London General Omnibus Company  or the LGOC, when it started to conserve buses being retired from service. After the General Omnibus Company was taken over by the London Electric Railway (LER), the collection grew  to include rail vehicles. It continued to expand after it became part of the London Passenger Transport Board during the 1930s and as the organization went through various successor bodies up to TfL, the main authorithy in London’s current transportation.

The collection has had several  homes. It was housed as part of the Museum of British Transport at a disused tram depot in Clapham High Street from 1963 to 1972, and then at Syon Park near Brentford from 1973 to 1977, before being moved to Covent Garden in 1980

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Adult ticket: £13.50

As most Museums in London would have it, children pay no admission.

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