London Transport Museum

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

The London Transport Museum, or LT Museum based in Covent Garden, London, seeks to conserve and explain the transport heritage of Britain's capital city. The Covent Garden building has on display many examples of buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail vehicles from 19th and 20th centuries.

From its Roman beginnings through its explosive growth in the 19th century, London was the greatest city the world had ever seen. This huge metropolis continued to grow through the 20th century, reaching a population of 7.5 million in Greater London. A vital part of London's success was the transport system that developed alongside the Capital in the 19th and 20th centuries-truly the lifeblood of this great city.

The first parts of the collection were brought together at the beginning of the 20th century by the London General Omnibus Company when it began to preserve buses being retired from service. After the LGOC was taken over by the London Electric Railway, the collection was expanded to include rail vehicles.

The museum's main facility is located in a Victorian iron and glass building that originally formed part of the Covent Garden vegetable, fruit and flower market. It was designed as a dedicated flower market by William Rogers in 1871.

The Museum galleries provide a spectacular backdrop for evening receptions and dinner parties, mixing old and new with dynamic displays of iconic posters, vintage vehicles and interactive displays that entertain all evening. Watch in awe as stunning projections of colour and light reveal the complexity of London's transport networks.

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Contact details for the London transport museum switchboard:  +44 (0)20 7379 6344, Minicom:  +44 (0)20 7565 7310, fax:  +44 (0)20 7565 7254, 24 hour information: +44 (0)20 7565 7299.

The museum is open Monday - Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.15) and Friday 11.00 - 18.00 (last admission 17.15).

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