Museums

All the news from London’s museums


Tickets Alert: Open days at the Trasport Museum’s overflow depot

A large “shed” in Acton is the storage depot for the London Transport Museum, and while normally closed to the public, they do have three open weekends each year.

Take a trip in a vintage tube train to Heathrow airport

The London Underground’s 1938 era art-deco tube train will be making one of its occasional outings in April.

London Underground selling its moquette by the metre

The London Transport Museum has recently started selling its famous moquette fabric — in the same way as you buy fabric from stores — by the metre.

Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters

Twenty-five previously unseen letters written by Charles Dickens have been donated to his museum by an American collector, as part of a huge donation of over 300 items.

The history of executing people to open in the autumn

Just in time for Halloween, an exhibition will be opening later this year all about how people were killed by the state.

Museum Meals: London Transport Museum

Covent Garden isn’t short of places to eat, but a new one has arrived in the revamped Transport Museum cafe/bar, Canteen.

Museum Meals – Charles Dickens Museum

At the back of a row of posh terraced houses in Bloomsbury is a small comfortable cafe – inside the Charles Dickens Museum.

V&A exhibition looks at the Theatre Stage

As much as the play itself and the actors, one of the dominant features of a play or musical is the stage design, and an exhibition is currently looking at that aspect of the stage performance.

Museum of London submits application to move to Smithfield

The Museum of London has filed the formal planning application that will see it move from its London Wall site to the derelict market buildings at Smithfield.

New medicine gallery opens at the Science Museum

A huge new exhibition – taking over two-thirds of an entire floor at the Science Museum has opened, all about the history of medicine.

Last chance to see the Raphael cartoons for a long time

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, and oddly, the V&A has decided to close it’s Raphael Court for most of the year.

The Science Museum’s “tube map” of the Solar System

Spotted this in the Science Museum the other day – a range of goods for sale with a map of the Solar System which will look very familiar to London Underground fans.

Exhibition – Beatrix Potter’s Art: ‘drawn with design’

A corridor in the V&A Museum is lined with small pencil drawings, showing a young Beatrix Potter experimenting with the ideas which would form her later books.

A turbulent priest appears at the British Museum

To mark the 850th anniversary of the assassination of the Thomas Becket, the British Museum has announced a major exhibition about the man, the Archbishop, the saint.

Early porcelain head goes on display at the V&A

An exceptionally rare porcelain sculpture, made in London in the 1740s, and rediscovered in a French flea market has gone on display in the V&A.

Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd’s coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

See fist-fighting mice on the London Underground

A photo of two mice in a fist-fight on the London Underground has been put forward for a Natural History photography award.

Transport Museum offer for ianVisits readers

Tis the season to wear Christmas jumpers, and of course, the best one to wear this year will be covered in transport icons.