This is a sponsored article on behalf of London Transport Museum.
Great news, transport lovers! London Transport Museum will reopen to the public on 7 September 2020, after 173 days of closure.
Been missing your fix of historic vehicles and beautiful posters? Fear not, they're all waiting for your return, with additional measures in place to keep everyone safe. Plus, the Museum has announced new special evening openings to make up for lost time.
London Transport Museum has been awarded Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ standard. Changes to expect on your first return visit include new one-way routes around the galleries, socially distanced queueing systems, hand sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the museum, PPE including face visors for staff, and new pre-visit information to help you plan your day before you arrive. All visitors aged 11+ need to wear a face covering while in the museum and shop.
You'll need to book the date and time of your visit in advance, to limit the number of people in the museum at once. Tickets can be purchased and time slots booked on the website, and even annual pass holders need to reserve their slot before arriving at the museum. Adult tickets cost £18.50, and double up as an annual pass which lets you visit as many times as you like within a year. Even better, kids go free at London Transport Museum.
Already got an annual ticket? It'll be extended by up to five months from its current expiry date, to make up for the visits you've missed. London Transport Museum is offering a £5 discount to Blue Light Card holders, to thank key workers for their service over the last few months, and local residents of Westminster, Holborn, Bloomsbury, King's Cross, Waterloo, Vauxhall, Borough and Bermondsey also get £5 off annual tickets.
And there are plenty of other new treats in store on top of that. Every Thursday throughout September and October, London Transport Museum is holding special ticketed evening openings for adults only. Museum After Dark is a chance to enjoy a private view of the exhibits, with a complimentary cocktail and pub quiz-style entertainment included in your ticket — great if you've been working from home and need to get out of the house and meet up with friends.
So, what's there to see? The majority of the museum's exhibits, covering 220 years of transport history, are still open, although the All Aboard play zones and stamper trail aren't in use, and access to some vehicles is limited. There's still plenty to keep kids entertained though — a new sealed activity pack for 4-11 year olds includes a craft kit and activity to complete at the museum, as well as a fun take-home activity.
The excellent Hidden London exhibition is still going too, offering a look into the mysterious 'abandoned' Underground stations dotted beneath the capital's streets and how they are used today. Our reviewer gave it five stars when it opened last October, so we're thrilled that it's back.
The museum shop is back in business too, selling vintage transport posters and exclusive moquette gifts, as well as toys and books. Refreshments are available from London Underground-themed café bar Canteen, which is decked out with moquette seats, plus tiles and other paraphernalia reclaimed from various tube stations around the capital. All aboard and full steam ahead...
As of 7 September 2020, London Transport Museum is open daily, 11am-7pm, except Sundays and Thursdays when it closes at 6pm (Museum After Dark begins at 6.30pm). Tickets need to be booked in advance — see website for more details and to book your visit. Museum After Dark requires separate tickets, which also need to be booked in advance.