Family learning

The Museum is a great place for your family to have fun together and discover the history of London’s famous transport network. You can visit the Museum 363 days a year. Adults can buy a season ticket for 12 months, and young people under 17 go free! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Every school holiday parents, carers and children can make-and-take in our craft workshops, and join in with our latest storytime tales. Everything is connected to our incredible collection and the wonderful stories it can tell.

Battle Bus Moving Image

October Half Term

Dates: 20 - 28 October 2018
Times: 11:00-15:45

Storytime - Joe's Journey
Times: 11:00 and 14:00

One hundred years ago, the Battle Buses returned to London from the Western Front. They had been there to carry troops and cargo, serve as ambulances and even carry pigeons. Join us for a story time sessions to commemorate the end of WW1 and meet an important bus driver, Joe Clough, who went from driving the Route 11 in East London, to driving an ambulance in France.

Make and Take - London Transformed
Times: 11:30 to 12:45 and 14:00 to 15:45

Women went to work in factories, men became soldiers on the front line, and the red London buses were painted khaki and travelled to Europe. In 1914 WW1 meant there were a lot of changes. Create your own changing picture to commemorate the end of WW1 and celebrate the arrival of the Battle Bus to London Transport Museum.


Poppy making

Remembrance Weekend

Dates: 10 and 11 November 2018
Times: 11:00 to 15:45

Make and Take - Remembrance Poppies

A hundred years since the end of the First World War, learn about our B-type Battle Bus which played an important role in the war effort. Then join us to make simple poppy pins as part of the remembrance weekend commemorations.


Christmas Robin

Festive Family Fun

Dates: 1 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
Times: 11:00-15:00

All aboard for Festive Family Fun at London Transport Museum! 

Families can enter a magical forest, with twinkling lights and trees and visit Santa’s Secret Christmas Cabin. Or track him down in one of the Museum’s heritage vehicles for a Super Santa Selfie, and enjoy storytelling sessions and create special bunting to take home. Get nostalgic with the Museum’s Festive Fun display of fabulous vintage London transport posters celebrating Christmas activities such as ice-skating, walking and shopping

Meet Santa
Dates: 1 to 23 December 11:00 to 15:00

Search for Santa and get a free Christmas badge when you find him in his Secret Cabin or in the Museum galleries 

Storytime and Singalong
Dates: Everyday, 11:30 and 13:30 (for approximately 30 minutes)

Join in lively singing and storytelling sessions using a selection of props and instruments. All ages welcome, but most suitable for families with children under 7 years

Winter Bunting Making
Dates: Everyday, 10:30 to 17:30

Create bunting and decorations using London’s iconic roundel, bus, tree or jumper shapes with a variety of crafty and sparkly materials. Suitable for families with children aged 3 to 12

All family activities are free for families to enjoy.

Adults can get creative during a Museum Makers session on the evening of 6 December to make exclusive coasters and wrapping materials. There’s also a Christmas vintage bus lights and sights tour.


Singing and Stories

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Date: Tuesdays during term-time at 10.45, 12.00, 13.45 and 15.00
Duration: 45 minutes per session

For families with children aged 5 and under

Join us to find out how people get around the city. With stories about hopping on a bus to the Museum and songs about catching a tube to London Town, there’s something for everyone. Sessions include singing and dancing, as well as the chance to see and touch objects from the Museum collection.

Songs and stories written and produced by Artburst


Acton Depot explorers: family tours

Family Tours

Dates: Various
Times:11:00-12:00 and 13:30-14:30
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adults £5; Children go free. The tour is available for children aged 5 – 11 with their parents or carers.
Tickets must be pre-booked online or via our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily)

Book tickets

Go behind the scenes on a special family tour of London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton. Hear the stories of our historic buses, see a special Underground train driven by the Queen, and discover some of the secrets behind our fascinating collection.

What visitors have said:

“Really interesting tour. The guide was brilliant – made it very engaging for the children as well as the adults.”
“Very informative, lots of cool stuff, things that you don’t get to see elsewhere.”

The tour is not suitable for children under 5 and over 11 years old.
The tour is not suitable for adults attending without children.


SEN Early Explorer Mornings

Early Morning Explorers

Tickets: Advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your place now. Children and young people under 18 go free; adults charged general admission rate.

For families with Special Educational Needs (SEN), including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we are opening outside our regular hours on four special days. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public, and with many of the gallery sounds turned off. Explore our All Aboard family spaces in peace. Have a go at our holiday activities. Get hands-on with genuine parts of transport history. Or make use of our Sensory Bags to support exploring the collection.

Saturday 27 October 2018

MORNING 08:30 onwards (open to the general public from 10:00)

Battle Bus exclusive – Join us to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918. Find out about the huge changes that people in London and transport went through. Get an exclusive opportunity to climb on board our Battle Bus (not normally available to visitors).

Saturday 15 December 2018

MORNING 08:30 onwards (open to the general public from 10:00)

Visit the Museum at the most magical time of the year and take part in our Christmas activities


All Aboard family play zone

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Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s dedicated play zone for families with children aged 0 to 7 years.

Dress up and help keep our fleet of mini vehicles ‘on the move’. Get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini tube train or help passengers find their belongings in the ‘Lost Property’ office. You can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serving passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates cable car, or update the services announcements to help your fellow visitors travel safely and smoothly. There is even an area for infants in our ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks. 

All Aboard is open all year round. During term time the space will be shared with nursery and young school visitors. 

The All Aboard family play zone has been made possible with support from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust and bus manufacturer Optare.


Family Station activities

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Available all year round. Suitable for families with children aged 3 - 12

The Family Station at London Transport Museum invites you to choose some activities to do as you explore the Museum. Whether you fold your own bus and drive it between the vehicles, spot shapes around the Museum through our shape spotters or dream up your own transport story, there is something here for families with children of all ages.

The Family Station is funded by the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust. The Trust has also supported our hands-on galleries, Interchange and All aboard.


Poster Girls: family interactives

Children touching art

Date: Exhibition open until January 2019
Tickets: Free with museum entry

For families with children of any age

Let little hands explore at their level while you enjoy our stunning new exhibition, Poster Girls - a century of art and design.

You can find the exhibition on Level 1 opposite the All Aboard family play zone.


Family facilities 

  • Baby changing room
  • Baby feeding room
  • Picnic area
  • Ramp /lift access to all galleries
  • All Aboard age specific hands-on galleries

Read more about Museum access and facilities.

Depot family activities

Twice a year we open up the treasures of the Museum’s Depot in Acton for our hugely popular Open Weekends.

At Open Weekends we offer make-and-take workshops alongside engineering challenges, quizzes and trails. Above all you can explore over 370,000 items spanning 200 years of London’s public transport.