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 different types of guided tour at the Depot as well as the opportunity to book your own Private Group tour:
Johnston Journeys tours – 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.
Private group tours – An opportunity to visit the Museum Depot in Acton with your group for a behind the scenes tour of the collection.
Johnston Journeys tour
Perfect for enthusiasts of great design, these tours have been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ‘Johnston’ typeface, designed by Edward Johnston in 1916. On the tour you will discover how an expert in mediaeval handwriting devised a marvellously modern alphabet, together with an iconic logo, to help make London’s transport easier to use. You will hear about the challenges, and ultimate success, of designs so strong and adaptable that they now represent the idea of London itself. The Johnston Journeys tours have been made possible by the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
These tours have been developed for an adult audience and we recommend audience members are aged 17 and over.
Adults £10; Concession £8
All tours last for approximately one hour and 30 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.
Depot Discovery tours
Depot Discovery 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 15 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 two hours. 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, Abram 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.
Private group tours
Private group tours offer you the opportunity to visit the Museum Depot in Acton with your group for a behind the scenes tour of the collection. We currently offer general Depot tours and Art and Poster tours.
Depot tours: Tuesdays (11.00 and 14.00)
Art and Poster tours: Tuesdays (11.30 and 13.30)
Depot tours last 2 hours, and Art and Poster tours lasts 90 minutes. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Depot tours: £100 (1-10 people) £200 (11-20 people) £280 (21-30 people)
Art and Poster tours: £80 (1-10 people) £160 (11-20 people) £220 (21-30 people)
All bookings can be made via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily) or via email at [email protected]. Payment must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the tour date. A discount rate is offered if two tours are booked at the same time.