From its Roman beginnings through its explosive growth in the 19th century, London was the greatest city the world had ever seen. This huge metropolis continued to grow through the 20th century, reaching a population of 7.5 million in Greater London. A vital part of London's success was the transport system that developed alongside the Capital in the 19th and 20th centuries-truly the lifeblood of this great city.
Today London takes its place among other world cities, not as the world's largest urban centre, but still one of the most visited, diverse and cosmopolitan cities on earth. Galleries tell the story of London's transport system and how it shaped the lives of people living and working in London, including current and future transport developments. The Design for Travel gallery showcases original artworks & advertising posters on display for the first time.
Explore the history of public transport, marveling at the world's first underground steam train, or take a dramatic 'World Cities' walk. There's even more for families, Children can play and learn in the Exchange and All aboard galleries. A small picnic area is situated in the main gallery.
There is a Gallery Trail for French Visitors, The Défi de Découverte ‘discovery challenge’ (and the answers) were developed by LTM Young Consultant Adelah Bilal as part of the Stories of the World programme. Download it here
RESEARCH AT THE MUSEUM
If you are visiting the Museum, make sure you drop into the Learning Lounge on Level 1. To dig deeper, visit our where you can access thousands of books, maps, ephemera and magazines. Our reserve collection of vehicles, signs, posters, photographs, ephemera, plans, drawings and small objects are held at the Museum Depot in Acton.
Some collections are accessible for research but not all. If you are interested in specific material please email us with your request giving as much information as you can, and include a contact number if possible. If access is possible, an appointment can be made for you to visit and look at material with a Curator.