Past exhibitions

Sounds of the City

19 May to 3 September 2017

Lyrics and languages, hubbub and stillness, heritage and science have all inspired 100 illustrators to product a collection of striking artwork that reflect their relationship with sound in our diverse and multi-layered cities.

Themes include wildlife, nightlife, music, markets, transport and sport.  Visitors will enjoy illustrations that visually interpret the sounds we hear about us day and night – from the common to the curious, to a recognisable street and cityscape through to visual soundscapes of buzzing colour.

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Night Shift - London after Dark

11 September 2015 to 10 April 2016

When the sun sets and the moon rises over London the city gradually takes on a character and the Night Shift begins. The introduction of gas and electric street lights at the end of the 19th century brought significant change to the night time streets of London and with it new opportunities for pleasure seekers and greater demands from night workers travelling to and from the city.

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The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places & Spaces

15 May to 6 September 2015

The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places & Spaces exhibition displays 100 illustrations that capture a variety of aspects of London’s unique character and qualities. Together they show a multi-layered metropolis and reflect the city’s distinct personality and communities; from grand scale architecture and famous landmarks to London’s secret spaces and places – used for commerce and work, leisure and living.

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Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front

16 May 2014 - 19 April 2015

This major exhibition reveals the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital.

Goodbye Piccadilly commemorates and explores the contribution of London’s motor buses and their drivers to the First World War and the upheaval for Londoners on what became for the first time the ‘Home Front’.

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The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014

Friday 14 February - 6 April 2014
Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious and real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend.London Stories, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014, opens on 14 February 2014 and will feature 50 works of art.

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Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs

Until 5 January 2014
London Transport Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, closes on Sunday 5 January 2014. Supported by Siemens it showcases 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced and features works by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from every decade over the last 100 years.

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The Serco Prize for Illustration 2012

13 November - 10 December 2012
Secret London, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration, opens at London Transport Museum on 13 November 2012. This year’s theme is Secret London and there will be 50 works of art on display, each showing a hidden aspect of the city.

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Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography

18 May - 28 October 2012
Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography will draws on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the themes of journeys, identity and publicity. The exhibition is the largest of its kind and includes previously unseen historic material and exciting new artworks by leading artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre.

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Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move

Until Sunday 18 March 2012
Always on your smart phone, or still asking a policeman? Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move, which runs until 18 March 2012, explores how emerging technologies are changing the way we access and experience London and compares this with past visions of the future.

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Sense the City

Saturday 21 January - Sunday 18 March 2012
Have you ever noticed what makes London a city that never stops, or stopped to take a picture of the elements of the city that help London thrive? Londonist, London’s website for news and culture, and London Transport Museum, invited Flickr users throughout November 2011 to submit photographs that captured the hustle and bustle of London, and the activity that helps make London flourish and thrive. 648 images were submitted and of these 50 were shortlisted for inclusion in Sense the City - the dynamic Flickr wall exhibition which will be on display at the museum from now until Sunday 18 March 2012.

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John Burningham: Journeys of the Imagination

Friday 9 September - Thursday 1 December 2011
London Transport Museum is hosting a celebration of the work of one of Britain’s most successful and best loved illustrators - John Burningham. His career was kick started with a poster commission from London Transport in 1960 although he later found fame as a celebrated children’s book author and illustrator. He has written over 60 illustrated books, for which he has received many honours including two Kate Greenaway medals.

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The Serco Prize for Illustration 2011

10 May - 3 June 2011
The Serco Prize for Illustration competition was organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and made possible for the second year running by Serco. A selection of 50 of the shortlisted illustrations are display until 3 June.

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Bus Shelters Poster Art Exhibition

3 May - 3 June 2011
Bus Shelters was a youth participation programme delivered by London Transport Museum as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.

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Overground Uncovered

29 May 2010 - 31 March 2011
Overground Uncovered: life along the line, celebrates the new London Overground line - London's first major public transport development for over ten years. The exhibition explores over 160 years of history and innovation behind the building of the new line and Brunel's Thames Tunnel, and provides a snapshot of cultural highlights along the way.

The exhibition is presented in three galleries, Connecting Communities, The Thames Tunnel and A new train set for London.

Connecting Communities
The new line runs along some of the oldest and most fascinating areas of London. Using photographs, posters from the Museum's collection of iconic graphic art, and objects from the past, this gallery highlights local curiosities, and juxtaposes the old with the new to give a lively introduction to the history and attractions of the areas along the line.

The Thames Tunnel
The epic story of the building of the Thames Tunnel between 1825 and 1843 by the famous 19th century engineer Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and its subsequent but short-lived life as a major tourist attraction is told in this gallery.

A new train set for London
The science behind the new technology of the London Overground is made simple with time lapse video footage showing the construction of the new trains, John Sturrock's striking photography - which documents the development of the line, and time lapse photography showing the construction of the new bridge at Shoreditch. Sitting alongside a graphic representation of the orbital railway, the Top Trumps exhibit compares the features of the new trains with the old steam locomotives of the 1870s, whilst The Regeneration Game explains the green technology behind the innovative and energy efficient regenerative braking system.

Under Attack: London, Coventry, Dresden

7 September 2010 - 31 March 2011
The aerial bombing raids, known in Britain as the Blitz, defined the wartime experience of many European cities. This exhibition tells the story from the perspective of public transport in London, Coventry and Dresden, and illustrates the struggle to keep these cities moving during the Second World War.

Read more: Past Exhibition - Under Attack