Family Open Weekend @ London Transport Museum’s Depot, Acton (16 / 17 Oct)

London Transport Museum DepotSee behind the scenes at London Transport Museum’s Depot during the family Open Weekend 16 and 17 October 2010.

The Depot, which is normally closed to the public, houses over 370,000 objects including 70 road and rail vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings, uniforms and original works of art used for London Transport and later Transport for London’s celebrated poster collection.

Visitors will be able to explore the history of the famous red London Bus as we celebrate 100 Years of the B-type Motor Bus and beyond.  Highlights of this special weekend include tours of the ‘Bus Pit’, self-guided tours of the ‘Bus Shed’ and an exhibition on the B-type bus including films, models and photographs.  Join London Transport Museum’s Friends at the ‘Tickets Please’ handling table where visitors can get up close and personal with bus objects and uniforms from the Museum’s collection.  The B-type bus was the first mass produced motorised bus on the streets of London and is showcased at our Covent Garden Museum.

Other attractions include rides on the Depot’s miniature railway which features steam and electric trains, trips on full size heritage vehicles – including the 1950s prototype of the Routemaster bus (the RM1).

Bus art and educational family fun activities include:

  • Brilliant Bus Building
  • Build your very own balloon powered bus to take home.
  • Art workshop, suitable for ages 5 plus

Uniform Caps

  • Find inspiration in the Museum’s uniform handling collection. Try on the hats, choose a badge and create a conductor or drivers cap.

Safety & Citizenship workshops

  • Transport for London’s Safety & Citizenship team will run practical fun workshops on using transport in London safely.  Highlights include new interactive vans, fitted out as a fully working Underground platform and bus complete with help point, virtual ticket machine and videos. A variety of transport modes will be covered including river.

For model collectors

  • A special limited edition model bus has been commissioned by London Transport Museum and will be launched on the Saturday.
  • Priced at £29.99 the Exclusive First Editions (EFE) 1965 AEC Reliance with Willowbrook body (to BET specifications), with pearl grey/Lincoln green livery Green Line Express (in as delivered condition), the vehicle assumed Green Line fleet names before entering. The model will only be available to purchase by visitors to the Open Weekend.

Transport Tales and Railway Rhymes story telling

  • Hop on board one of our vehicles; listen to a transport tale, then sing-along with catchy tunes and railway rhymes.
  • Storytelling sessions, suitable for under 5’s

Museum object handling sessions

  • Find out about the Museum’s small objects and uniforms and have the opportunity to handle the items.
  • Operate a Gibson ticket machine, punch your ticket with a bell ticket punch and find out what our mystery handling object is this Open Weekend.

Characters from the past

  • Meet drama characters from the past as they explain what it was like to work and travel on transport in London in times gone by.

Opening hours
11.00 to 17.00 with the last admission at 16.00.

Valid both days and can be booked in advance by calling 020 7565 7298 or on-line at

  • Adults £10.00
  • Senior Citizens £8.00
  • Concessions £6.00
  • Friends £5.00
  • Accompanied children under 16 Free.

2 Museum Way, 118 – 120 Gunnersbury Lane, London, W3 8BQ.

By tube:
Acton Town (District and Piccadilly Line)

More information:
Read the Fun Kids review on the London Transport Museum