Transport Museum, London: Great fun for kids

London is full of intriguing museums and galleries. One particularly engaging London museum, especially if you have kids or are young at heart, is the Transport Museum. Located at the popular Covent Garden, the museum chronicles the complex transportation heritage of the city.

Transport Museum

Rejuvenated from a recent £22 million refurbishment, the museum is known for its interactive and hands-on exhibits. Through its split level displays, it traces the development of the London public transport system. The exhibits include authentic replicas of carriages, trams, buses, trains and taxis; these range from the very first models to their modern avatars. The museum boasts of exhibits from as early as the 1820s and includes a variety of vintage models, from old stream engines, horse-pulled carriages to tube carriages, as well as models of the ever popular red bus and London tube.

Given the interactive nature of the exhibits, children can jump and run along the models without raising an alarm. In addition the museum provides simulators that allow you to experience what a London underground train driver’s job involves. These are a great draw and the lines here can get pretty long.

It costs £10 for an adult admission with free entry for accompanied kids under 16 years of age.

Along with the replicas, the collection at the museum includes  maps, posters, road signs, etc. For those of you who might not enjoy the museum, but have a family member who might, there is a little cafe and a well stocked gift shop to help you spend your time.

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