Visiting for families

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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Enjoy a very merry London Christmas

Wander through Victorian themed galleries, solve the Christmas elf trail and play with the exclusive London Landmarks giant wooden train set. On selected days there will also be a chance for general admission ticket holders to visit Father Christmas after his journey on the Northern Line North Pole Express and enjoy special elf workshops for storytelling and creative make-and-takes.

The Museum’s shop will open until 20:00 on the following dates: Thursday and Friday 15 and 16 December, and Monday 19 to Friday 23 December. Browse our new and exclusive gift ranges including Montezuma’s chocolates, Cambridge satchels and Simon Carter men’s accessories. You can also relax with a glass of hot mulled wine and a mince pie in our Upper Deck café-bar. Or enjoy a free mini mince pie with every Coffee purchased.   

Visit Father Christmas

Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December and Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 December
Times: between 11.00 – 17.00
Tickets: £12 for one child; £20 for two children*; £25 for three children*
*when visiting together

Please note: Entry to the Museum is free for children and adult season ticket holders. However visits to see Father Christmas must be purchased separately and are not included in adult general admission.

Book tickets

See Father Christmas when he arrives at the Museum after his journey on the Northern line North Pole Express. Little visitors who are lucky enough to meet him will be given a special Christmas gift to remind them of their visit. Under 5s will receive a toy train (worth £8.99) and children over 5 will receive a snap watch (worth £9.99).  

Free family elf trail

Dates: 29 November 2016 to 5 January 2017
Tickets: Free for children and adult general admission ticket holders

Search for hidden elves as you make your way through the Museum’s Victorian Christmas themed galleries and crack the elf code to win a candy cane reward or tangerine.

Little elf workshops

Dates: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December and Tuesday 27 December to Monday 2 January 2017
Tickets: Free for children and adult general admission ticket holders

  • Storytime: 11:00 and 14:00 and lasts approximately 20 minutes
  • Workshops: 11:30 and 14:30 - activities last up to one hour

Giant London Landmarks Bigjigs train set

Dates: Tuesday 29 November 2016 to Thursday 5 January 2017
Tickets: Free for children and adult general admission ticket holders

Play on the Bigjigs interactive train set that features tunnels, bridges and London icons, as well as our King’s Cross & St Pancras and City of London train sets from the Museum’s exclusive range of toys and Christmas gifts.

School holiday family activities

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.

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Singing and Stories

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.

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SEN mornings at the Museum

LTM Early explorers 

Date: Saturday 29 October 2016  and Saturday 8 April 2017
Duration:  09.00 onwards (open to the general public from 10.00)
Tickets: Advanced booking is essential for both the Families and Schools morning sessions as places are limited. Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your place now. Children and young people under 18 go free; adults pay standard entry rates.

For families with Special Educational Needs, we open early twice a year.  Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public and take part in one of our interactive workshops and demonstrations. Many of the sounds are switched off, making the Museum a peaceful place to be.

Explore our All Aboard family galleries in peace, try your hand at our bespoke craft activities or get hands on with genuine parts of transport history.

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All Aboard family play zone

Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s exciting new play zone which opened in March 2015. In the new play zone children will be able to get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office. They can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serve passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates Air Line cable car, make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks. There is also the opportunity to look out for the ‘noisy seats’ on some of the vehicles which make funny sounds when sat upon, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot.

All Aboard has been designed for children aged 0 to 7 years and for the first time the Museum will have an area specifically for infants at the ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks. 

There is also a lot to enjoy elsewhere in the Museum:

  • drive Tube train simulators
  • pick up a free stamper card and collect transport stamps around the Museum galleries
  • play on real buses and trains
  • meet costumed actors who bring some of the exhibits to life
  • choose some activities from the family station
  • dress up in historical outfits
  • take a break in the Museum’s Upper Deck café and enjoy Tube line milk shakes and transport shaped pasta or collect a bus shaped lunch box to take to the indoor picnic area.

The new 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.

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Family Station activities

Available at weekends and school holidays. 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.

Family facilities 

  • Baby changing room
  • Baby feeding room
  • Picnic area
  • Ramp /lift access to all galleries
  • Interchange and 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.