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.
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.
Summer Family Fun
22 July to 3 September 2017
Visit the Museum this summer for a variety of fun, family-friendly activities and events including creative illustration and make-and-take workshops, storytelling and musical jamming sessions:
- Illustration and story time weekend - 22 and 23 July
- Transport Detectives - 24 July to 11 August
- Be Safe Week - 14 to 18 August
- Junk Music - 19 August to 3 September
Families can also climb aboard real buses, trains and trams and enjoy the All Aboard play zone where kids can play on a mini fleet of vehicles and dress up in uniforms to become drivers, mechanics, station announcers and river captains.
Illustration and story time family weekend - 22 and 23 July Learn easy drawing tricks and create pictures of your most loved London places using collage, pens and pencils taking inspiration from the Museum’s Sounds of the City illustration exhibition. Join our guest children’s book authors and illustrators for story time sessions and enjoy their beautiful illustrations that bring the stories to life. Between 11:00 and 16:00 you can meet:
- Jim Stoten – Mr Tweed and the Band in Need (Flying Eye Publishing)
- Emily Rand – In the Darkness of the Night (Tate Publishing)
- Alice Tait – No, Nancy, No! (Walker Publishing)
- Alex Barrow & Gabby Dawnay – London Calls! (Tate Publishing)
24 July to 11 August 2017
At 11:00 and 14:00; story lasts approximately 20 minutes. Suitable for all ages.
Listen to an intriguing story about a mysterious object that has turned up at the Lost Property Office. Nobody knows what it is or where it came from so London’s very best transport detective is brought in to help discover where the strange item came from and return it to its rightful owner.
At 11:30 and 2:30. Activities last up to an hour. Suitable for ages 3 to 12.
Have you ever lost something on your transport travels? Put on your detective hats and track down the lost property of London. Collect weird and wonderful things in your own pop-up lost property treasure trove.
Be Safe Week
14 to 18 August 2017
Workshops for families and a free stamper card trail. Kids can have fun, meet safety experts and learn how to be safe at home, in public and when using public transport at London Transport Museum’s ‘Be Safe Week’. Kids will learn directly from the Police, London Fire Brigade, RNLI Lifeboats, Transport for London’s School Liaison Officers and other agencies, and will collect a stamp from each team of experts they visit.
19 August to 3 September 2017
Creative Make and Take
11:00 and 14:00 – each activity lasts an hour. Suitable for ages 3 to 12.
In collaboration with the Junk Orchestra, children and families can build musical instruments from around the world using everyday recycled household materials provided at the museum. Our activity area will be set up into four rhythm stations each having a different instrument activity to reflect the sounds of the city and London's varied culture.
Junior Jamming session
12:30 and 15:30 - sessions last approximately 30 minutes. All ages welcome.
Join the Junk Orchestra Jam. Make and compose music inspired by the wonderful illustrations in our Sounds of the City exhibition using your personalised musical instruments and the Junk Orchestra's tuned pentatonic junk orchestra.
Other activities for families this summer
The Museum’s All Aboard play zone is perfect for younger visitors. Children can play conductor on a real bus, repair a mini Tube train with toy spanners, and work in the ‘Lost Property Office’. Older kids will enjoy driving Tube train simulators and meeting costumed actors who bring the exhibits to life.
Singing and Stories
Date: Tuesdays during term-time at 10.45, 12.00, 13.45 and 15.00
Duration: 45 minutes per session
Tickets: Tickets are free with Museum entry and are given out at 10.00 and 13.00 at the Museum ticket desk
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
Depot explorers: family tours
Times:11:00-12:00 and 13:30-14:30
Tickets: £5 per adult, children and young people aged 17 and under go free.
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 most appropriate for children aged 5 – 11 with their parents or carers.
The tour is not suitable for adults attending without children.
SEN mornings at the Museum
LTM Early explorers
Date: Saturday 29 October 2016 and Saturday 8 April 2017
Duration: 09.00 onwards (open to the general public from 10.00)
Tickets: Advanced booking is essential for both the Families and Schools morning sessions as places are limited. Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your place now. Children and young people under 18 go free; adults pay standard entry rates.
For families with Special Educational Needs, we open early twice a year. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public and take part in one of our interactive workshops and demonstrations. Many of the sounds are switched off, making the Museum a peaceful place to be.
Explore our All Aboard family galleries in peace, try your hand at our bespoke craft activities or get hands on with genuine parts of transport history.
All Aboard family play zone
Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s exciting new play zone which opened in March 2015. In the new play zone children will be able to get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office. They can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serve passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates Air Line cable car, make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks. There is also the opportunity to look out for the ‘noisy seats’ on some of the vehicles which make funny sounds when sat upon, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot.
All Aboard has been designed for children aged 0 to 7 years and for the first time the Museum will have an area specifically for infants at the ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks.
There is also a lot to enjoy elsewhere in the Museum:
- drive Tube train simulators
- pick up a free stamper card and collect transport stamps around the Museum galleries
- play on real buses and trains
- meet costumed actors who bring some of the exhibits to life
- choose some activities from the family station
- dress up in historical outfits
- take a break in the Museum’s Upper Deck café and enjoy Tube line milk shakes and transport shaped pasta or collect a bus shaped lunch box to take to the indoor picnic area.
The new 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
Available at weekends and school holidays. 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.
- Baby changing room
- Baby feeding room
- Picnic area
- Ramp /lift access to all galleries
- Interchange and 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.