The Museum Depot in Acton is our working museum store housing over 370,000 objects. Sights include rare road & rail vehicles spanning over 100 years, bus and rail sheds, signs, ceramic tiles, ephemera and ticket machines.
The best way to enjoy the Depot in detail is with one of one of our expert volunteer guides (you can also come to one of our two annual Open Weekends). The tours are geared towards an adult audience, but if children over 12 have a keen interest in transport the tours would still be suitable.
We currently offer three types of guided tour at the Depot:
Battle Bus tours – a tour of the Museum Depot focussing on the Battle Bus and covering other early buses in our collection.
Johnston Journeys tours – COMING SOON - a tour created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ‘Johnston’ typeface, designed by Edward Johnston in 1916.
Depot general tours – see our historic vehicles and engineering collections, the signage collection and the small objects store.
Art and poster store tours – A special close-up look at the Museum’s poster collection and some of the artworks behind the posters.
Battle Bus tours
Join the Battle Bus team for guided tours of the Museum Depot focussing on the Battle Bus and covering other early buses in our collection.
All tours last for approximately one hour. Tours are free of charge but must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Depot general tours
Depot general tours take place on the last Friday and Saturday of every month. Your visit will include our historic rail and road vehicles, signalling and tunnelling equipment, a plethora of signs and the quirkier corners of our smaller object collection.
Group sizes are no more than 10 people per guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and access to the collection. We aim to offer two volunteer guides for each time slot.
Adults £12; Concession £10
All tours last for approximately one hour. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Art and poster store tours
The stores are a permanent home to one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of transport posters and artworks. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich design heritage of London’s transport, explore some of the 7,000 posters that London Transport commissioned and get close to original artworks that are rarely seen by the public.
Over 100 years ago Frank Pick commissioned the first graphic poster (No need to ask a P’liceman, by John Hassall, 1908) for London Underground. Under his guidance London Transport went on to commission works from some of the world’s best known artists including Man Ray, Abraham Games and Edward McKnight Kauffer some of which will be seen during the tour. Some are also on display in the Museum, Covent Garden.
In groups no larger than 10, visitors will be guided through a century of art and design. Tours last approximately 75 minutes and include a Q & A session.
Adults £10; Concession £8.50
All tours last for approximately 75 minutes. Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Additional tour requests
If you are interested in arranging a group tour of our art and poster collection, or would like to submit an idea for new Poster Tours, please contact Sam Clift, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.