London Transport Museum to reopen

The London Transport Museum is back this spring with an exciting line up of activities and events for adults, families and kids. Peter Gray reports.

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The London Transport Museum is set to reopen this May with a series of refreshed galleries, a family friendly trail and an exciting after hours event for adults.

The reopening is part of the third stage of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown which will see museums, galleries and indoor hospitality venues throw open their doors to the public.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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To ensure the venue is complying with government health and safety regulations, the museum has put in place a series of covid fighting practices including a one-way route, social distancing and requiring visitors to wear a face mask while in the building.

The museum has also set up an enhanced cleaning regime using a special anti-viral disinfectant that can protect surfaces for up to 30 days.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A host of exciting exhibitions, activities and events will await visitors once the museum reopens, with the Covent Garden based institution using the break afforded by the lockdown to refresh the venue’s galleries with new objects from its vast collection. The museum has also updated and added to it’s digital displays.

Kids will enjoy the new, family-friendly trail with Families able to follow a trail around the galleries to ‘collect’ vehicles, objects, challenges, and characters they see along the way to turn into a transport-inspired boardgame to play together at home. The trail will be unveiled on the 29th of May 2021.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Elsewhere, visitors will have a chance to glimpse a vision of London life in 2030 with a new installation by postgraduate students from Central Saint Martins.  

The work, which was created by MA Innovation Management and MA Narrative Environments students at the University, will explore what technological and environmental change could mean for Acton, Brixton, Kings Cross and Walthamstow in the next decade.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The museum has also announced a series of new After Dark events for adults. The series offers visitors to the museum a chance to get an ‘after hours’ view of the institution’s collections. The first event on the 20th of May 2021 will include a pub style quiz hosted by the museum’s director Sam Mullins.  

Future events in the series will focus on London’s lost rivers, the history of the Thames Tunnel, and London’s parks and green spaces. Tickets for After Dark cost £12 each and must be booked in advance. You can purchase your tickets here.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Visitors to the museum will also be able to see London’s original rainbow pedestrian crossing this spring. The crossing is going on display for the first time after being removed by Transport for London from its temporary home at the junction of Pall Mall East and Suffolk Street. The crossing was commissioned by OUTbound, Transport for London’s LGBT+ Staff Network Group, to demonstrate the organisation’s support for the Pride Festival.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sam Mullins OBE, The Director of London Transport Museum, Sam Mullins, had this to say about the reopening of the museum: ‘After a long tough winter it will be a real moment for celebration when we welcome visitors back to London Transport Museum and to discover our Depot, one of the Capital’s must-see hidden gems.

When we shut our doors in December, we couldn’t have predicted being closed for this long. But closing has not meant we have downed tools. Quite the opposite, in fact. We’re busy cleaning, repairing, and refreshing our galleries with new objects and stories ready to welcome people back to a safe, socially distanced but familiar experience. We look forward to seeing you there!’

 

 
 
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum will reopen on the 17th of May 2021. Tickets to the museum cost between £13-19 pounds however kids go free and adults can currently enjoy unlimited daytime return entry for a year.

The museum is also offering visitors 15% off in the LTM shop when they spend £25 or more.

More information about the London Transport Museum can be found here.

For information on other great museums in London, please click here.

 

-London's Best Events-
What: museum reopening
When: 17 May 21
Where: Covent Garden
Website: LTM