Depot Open Weekends


The Museum Depot at Acton houses the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. With 400,000 items, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms, it’s a wonderful treasure trove that  together form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.

Depot Bus copy

Acton Open Weekends

Dates: 15-16 March 
Time: 11.00 – 17.00

On Saturday 15 March and Sunday 16 March 2014, London Transport Museum will open the doors of its Depot in Acton, West London for a weekend of bus themed fun. Visitors will have access to the Depot’s vast collections of over 400,000 objects, including posters, engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and an extensive collection of historic road and rail vehicles. As well as the chance to explore this fascinating store of transport treasures, there will also be a number of activities celebrating the iconic London bus as the Museum continues to celebrate Year of the Bus. These include:

  • A live steam bus, a stunning replica of Hancock’s 1833 Enterprise, will be running all weekend in the grounds of the Depot.
  • A unique chance to see inside some of the buses in the Museum collection (16.00-17.00 only)
  • A mini bus rally from private collections
  • What’s that bus? - Volunteer led talks of specially selected buses
  • Heritage bus runs in the Acton area
Depot pit tours

  • Bus pit tours – see what lies beneath the Museum’s heritage buses from the bottom of the pit
  • Rides on the Acton Miniature Railway
  • Talk by Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London, on bus design, passenger behaviour and driver performance (Please note: this talk will take place on Sunday only)
  • Model layouts showing London’s transport in miniature - Look out for the LEGO and BAYKO bus displays!
  • Curator led tours of the small object store, with an emphasis on bus objects
  • Saturday film screenings: Routemaster! The Double Decker Bus Conductors and The Nine Road
  • Sunday film screenings: Routemaster! The Double Decker Bus Conductors and Farewell Routemaster Film Challenge
  • Cabinet of Curiosities showing obscure objects from the bus industry
family activities

Special Bustastic Family Activities

Bertie the Bus storytime
11.30 – 11.50 and 14.30 – 14.50
Hear the tale of Bertie the Bus as he welcomes all the passengers who climb aboard.  From his favourite customers to the dreaded Nasty Nathan, he takes care to take them all to their destinations.

Make and Take
12.00 – 13.00 and 15.00 – 16.15
Create your own magnetic Bertie the Bus and fill him with passengers, both nice and nasty!  Make up stories about the people travelling on board your bus while you decorate it with fabulous designs.

Our bus bonanza is part of National Science and Engineering week

Prices: £10, £8
[Online Booking has now closed - Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Depot]

Children and young people aged 17 and under go free. Advance booking is recommended.

Please note: As of Monday 10th March 2014 we will no longer be sending out tickets for this event in the post. You can collect your ticket at the Depot or print at home.