Family learning

The Museum is a great place for your family to have fun together and discover the history of London’s famous transport network. You can visit the Museum 363 days a year. Adults can buy a season ticket for 12 months, and young people under 17 go free! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Every school holiday parents, carers and children can make-and-take in our craft workshops, and join in with our latest storytime tales. Everything is connected to our incredible collection and the wonderful stories it can tell.

Summer Family Fun: The Great Summer of Engineering

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Dates: 21 July to 3 September 2018
Location: Transportorium and Garden
Times: Storytelling: 11:00 and 14:00; Challenges: Drop in from 11:30- 12:45 and 14:30-15:45

Families can delve into the fun and fascinating world of engineering during six weeks of STEM related interactive challenges, storytelling and demonstrations. Each week a new transport challenge will explore themes such as steam, electricity and design.

Young engineers can collect sticker rewards for each session attended and a special London Transport Museum Diploma will be awarded to those attending two or more weeks of activity. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years.

WEEK 1 – Buses and power, 21 to 29 July

Tackle an obstacle course using a mini wind-up bus to discover what keeps the bus moving and what will make it stop, and join an interactive storytime session about bus adventures of the past.

WEEK 2 – Underground steam, 30 July to 5 August

Dress up in top hats, bonnets and moustaches and enjoy a demonstration of the Museum’s Steam Cannon before embarking on a set of ingenious engineering tasks that explores some of the skills and techniques that would have been used to build London’s first underground railway over 150 years ago.

WEEK 3 – Building and Materials, 6 to 12 August

Get involved with an interactive demonstration on cobbles and metal and then visit the experimentation stations to test out different materials and discover the effects they can have on your dream ideas.

WEEK 4 – Circuit trail, 13 to 19 August

Find out what an electrical circuit is and how important they are to our everyday lives from real life engineers. Then follow our circuit trails to have a go at a ‘snap circuit’ challenge.

WEEK 5 – Moving parts, 20 to 26 August

Pick and choose from a ‘conveyor belt’ of parts to create a mini moving bus, and help Evelyn the Engineer and Gus the Bus find their way around London during the Museum’s fun story time sessions.

WEEK 6 – Future: Dreamer, Planner, Fixer? 27 August to 3 September

Drop in to the Museum’s four challenge stations and solve problems, make decisions and experiment to find out if you can help solve the engineering problems of the future.

Year of Engineering partner activities

Free STEM Events

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We are delighted to announce a range of new pop-up STEM activities for all the family, to support and complement the Museum’s six weeks of summer family fun, delivered by the Museum’s Year of Engineering Partners: Jacobs, Mastercard, Mott MacDonald and telent Technology Services.

Activities can be enjoyed by all, but are aimed at young people aged 7+. Drop in and explore:

28 - 29 July

Find out how Mott MacDonald engineers design London’s Underground stations to make them work better for the people who use them every day.  Activities include the chance to explore a real pedestrian modelling software called STEPS and the opportunity to pit your wits and adapt a model train station to different scenarios.  Children can also investigate how engineers use virtual reality (VR) in the design and construction of stations.

11 - 12 August

Discover how Jacobs engineers and other professionals deliver real transport projects in London and across the country. Why are specific materials better for specific jobs? Working together, learn how you can find better solutions for most challenges engineers face day to day. Take away a badge or flag to remember your visit!

Bridge Building: use a variety of materials, but beware, each comes with a monetary value and you need to keep in budget to complete your bridge!

Colour-in and learn more about a range of exciting Jacobs projects, and see how different each engineering department can be.

13 - 17 August
Times: 10:30 - 16:30 daily

Mastercard is bringing its award-winning signature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education programme, Girls4Tech to the Museum!  Supported by Mastercard volunteers, young visitors can take part in interactive problem solving activities associated with Big Data and Digital Convergence, learn about STEM principles and the range of skills that are needed to succeed in a STEM career.

Big Data: In order to be useful, data must be collected, organised, cleaned up and analysed. Effective analysis of big data can help us not only explain the past but also plan for the future. You will collect data cards and work together to organise and clean up data to solve a Big Data problem.  

Digital Convergence: Our devices are becoming more connected, helping to simplify our lives.  Explore familiar technologies, ranging from the least to the most technologically advanced and learn about biometrics and the future of payment technology. Watch a demonstration of Near Field Communications and discover how this technology lets phones and payment terminals “whisper” to each other.

1 - 2 September

Come and explore the systems used and maintained by telent Technology Services at Underground stations across London.  Make your own station announcements, roleplay at station help points and pit your wits against a buzz wire game.  Engineering apprentices and graduates are on hand to support you every step of the way and talk about their own engineering experiences.

Singing and Stories

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Date: Tuesdays during term-time at 10.45, 12.00, 13.45 and 15.00
Duration: 45 minutes per session

For families with children aged 5 and under

Join us to find out how people get around the city. With stories about hopping on a bus to the Museum and songs about catching a tube to London Town, there’s something for everyone. Sessions include singing and dancing, as well as the chance to see and touch objects from the Museum collection.

Songs and stories written and produced by Artburst

Acton Depot explorers: family tours

Family Tours

Dates: Various
Times:11:00-12:00 and 13:30-14:30
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £5; Children go free. The tour is available for children aged 5 – 11 with their parents or carers.
Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily)

Book tickets

Go behind the scenes on a special family tour of London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton. Hear the stories of our historic buses, see a special Underground train driven by the Queen, and discover some of the secrets behind our fascinating collection.

What visitors have said:

“Really interesting tour. The guide was brilliant – made it very engaging for the children as well as the adults.”
“Very informative, lots of cool stuff, things that you don’t get to see elsewhere.”

The tour is not suitable for children under 5 and over 11 years old.
The tour is not suitable for adults attending without children.

SEN Early Explorer Mornings

Early Morning Explorers

Tickets: Advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your place now. Children and young people under 18 go free; adults charged general admission rate.

For families with Special Educational Needs (SEN), including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we are opening outside our regular hours on four special days. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public, and with many of the gallery sounds turned off. Explore our All Aboard family spaces in peace. Have a go at our holiday activities. Get hands-on with genuine parts of transport history. Or make use of our Sensory Bags to support exploring the collection.

Saturday 25 August 2018

EVENING 18:00 to 19:30

Great Summer of Engineering – Have a go at our Challenge Stations to solve engineers’ problems of the present…and future!

Saturday 27 October 2018

MORNING 08:30 onwards (open to the general public from 10:00)

Battle Bus exclusive – Join us to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918. Find out about the huge changes that people in London and transport went through. Get an exclusive opportunity to climb on board our Battle Bus (not normally available to visitors).

Saturday 15 December 2018

MORNING 08:30 onwards (open to the general public from 10:00)

Visit the Museum at the most magical time of the year and take part in our Christmas activities

All Aboard family play zone

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Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s dedicated play zone for families with children aged 0 to 7 years.

Dress up and help keep our fleet of mini vehicles ‘on the move’. Get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini tube train or help passengers find their belongings in the ‘Lost Property’ office. You can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serving passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates cable car, or update the services announcements to help your fellow visitors travel safely and smoothly. There is even an area for infants in our ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks. 

All Aboard is open all year round. During term time the space will be shared with nursery and young school visitors. 

The All Aboard family play zone has been made possible with support from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust and bus manufacturer Optare.

Family Station activities

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Available all year round. Suitable for families with children aged 3 - 12

The Family Station at London Transport Museum invites you to choose some activities to do as you explore the Museum. Whether you fold your own bus and drive it between the vehicles, spot shapes around the Museum through our shape spotters or dream up your own transport story, there is something here for families with children of all ages.

The Family Station is funded by the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust. The Trust has also supported our hands-on galleries, Interchange and All aboard.

Poster Girls: family interactives

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Date: Exhibition open until January 2019
Tickets: Free with museum entry

For families with children of any age

Let little hands explore at their level while you enjoy our stunning new exhibition, Poster Girls - a century of art and design.

You can find the exhibition on Level 1 opposite the All Aboard family play zone.

Family facilities 

  • Baby changing room
  • Baby feeding room
  • Picnic area
  • Ramp /lift access to all galleries
  • All Aboard age specific hands-on galleries

Read more about Museum access and facilities.

Depot family activities

Twice a year we open up the treasures of the Museum’s Depot in Acton for our hugely popular Open Weekends.

At Open Weekends we offer make-and-take workshops alongside engineering challenges, quizzes and trails. Above all you can explore over 370,000 items spanning 200 years of London’s public transport.