Depot Discovery

The Museum Depot at Acton holds the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden.

It houses a treasure trove of over 320,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. Together these form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.

The Depot's main purpose is to act as a working museum store. It provides 6,000 square metres of storage space in secure, environmentally controlled conditions. Here our curators and volunteers work to catalogue and conserve objects to preserve our heritage for future generations.

Depot Discovery films

For a personal introduction to some of the fascinating objects stored at Acton, explore this series of short films introduced by Museum staff, Friends of London Transport Museum, and volunteers.

You can browse by category below, or watch the whole playlist on Youtube!

A Routemaster bus

Vehicles

A spiral escalator

Engineering and technology

A poster showing a policeman and two travellers

Posters and artwork

An old map of the Underground

Maps and photos

A model of a horse-drawn bus

Small object store

Tickets

Tickets and ephemera

The front of the Museum

Visiting

COVID-19 update

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Moquette furniture and cushions in the shop

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Furniture and cushions sale

Take London home with you with our range of quirky moquette furniture and cushions. Available in a range of patterns, they're 20% off until Sunday 29 March!

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Princess Anne escorted by 4 men at the opening of the Museum

Collections

Object of the month

This photo is from the official opening of the Museum on 28 March 1980. Director Peter Stephens is pictured escorting Princess Anne past the buses.

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