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.
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.
Dates: 30 March to 15 April 2018
Location: Transportorium and Garden
Times: 11:00 and 14:00 (approx. 20 minutes). Suitable for families with children aged 3 to 7 years.
Do you know who Mr James Greathead is and what he invented? With a name like ‘Greathead’ he must have had lots of clever ideas in his brain. Join us for our storytime to find out how his tunnel-boring machine helped to shape the underground network a long time ago, and how today, Crossrail still uses his ideas to shape London, and beyond!
Stay and Play activity
Times: 11:30 to 12:45 and 14:30 to 15:45. Suitable for families with children aged 5 to 12 years.
When engineers like Mr Greathead make plans to dig out tunnels, they need to make a plan for all the dirt. The best engineers think how to reuse and recycle to create something or somewhere else! Imagine you are an engineer; how would you use recycled materials to change the landscapes of where you live? Would you plant a forest on a dirt hill? Create a wetland for birds like at Wallasea Island? Or maybe a mountain in the middle of London! Join us to play, build and imagine how tunnelling can not only create new places to go underground, but above ground too.
Dates: 21 July to 3 September 2018
Location: Transportorium and Garden
Six weeks of hands-on challenges from robotics to steam power. Find out about the achievements and challenges faced by engineers of the past, and meet real-life engineers working now to solve the problems of the present. Young engineers can collect sticker rewards for each activity attended and a special Summer of Engineering certificate will be awarded to those attending two or more sessions.
Date: Tuesdays during term-time at 10.45, 12.00, 13.45 and 15.00
Duration: 45 minutes per session
Tickets: Tickets are free with Museum entry and are given out at 10.00 and 13.00 at the Museum ticket desk
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
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)
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
Dates: Saturday 28 October 2017 and Saturday 7 April 2018
Duration: 08:30 onwards (open to the general public from 10.00)
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 family visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN), including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we are opening early on two special days. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public. Explore our All Aboard family spaces in peace, take part in our craft activities and make use of our new Sensory Bags to help you explore the collection. Many of the sounds in the Museum are switched off, making it a peaceful place to visit.
All Aboard family play zone
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
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
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.
- 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.