London Transport Museum is the world’s leading museum of urban transport and an award-winning day out.
We explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of London, its culture and society since 1800. By sharing this story of innovation, ingenuity, creativity and design, we ignite curiosity about the world around us and how to shape its future.
Our collection is Designated Outstanding by Arts Council England. It includes more than 500,000 objects, from locomotives which powered the world’s first underground railway, to one of the most important collections of 20th century poster art. Discover these objects and their stories at the Museum, at our Depot in Acton Town and online.
What we do
Inspire tomorrow's engineers
Working with the transport industry, we’re inspiring children and young people to be curious about STEM
Shape the future of transport
We host transport industry debates to keep thinking about the future moving forward
Preserve London’s heritage
We preserve and restore London’s transport history and heritage
Our funders and supporters
See the funders and sponsors who help us make a difference
The history of London Transport Museum
Our collection originates in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations.
Over the years, the Museum has had a several homes: as part of the Museum of British Transport, housed in an old bus garage in Clapham during the 1960s and at Syon Park in west London in 1973 as the London Transport Collection.
The collection moved into the Flower Market building in Covent Garden in 1980, being officially opened by Princess Anne.
See the history of the Museum and the iconic building in our Google Arts & Culture story.