London Transport Museum

London, England

The Victorian glass-and-cast-iron centerpiece of Covent Garden spans 200 years of London history from the perspective of its public transportation and conveys the complexity of transporting two and a half million Londoners around town every day. The museum also shows how transport has shaped cities all over the world and engages audiences in discussions about making public transportation sustainable.

The chronology of London’s ever-growing transportation needs and the increasingly sophisticated technological advances that met them is recounted—through media and the display of full-scale trams, trolleys, buses, and taxies—on three levels.

Complex Connections is a 25-foot-high real-time digital map showing transportation activity throughout the city. Volunteers throughout London use lightweight cameras to capture their daily journeys, which are projected onto the wall.  

Filmmakers use Facebook and YouTube to capture the experience of travel in urban settings all over the world and to show how indispensable public transportation is to the life of a modern city. The Design for Travel gallery celebrates the design heritage of London’s transport system through films that run the length of the gallery floor and end wall.

Materials throughout the museum use the vocabulary of metropolitan transport and the urban built environment.

Since opening, in 2007, it has reported record visitor numbers almost fifty percent higher than those of the previous decade and increased public engagement both on-site and online. The London Transport Museum has become, along with RAA’s design of the Crown Jewels exhibition at the Tower of London, one of city’s premier tourist attractions.

Year:
2007
Client:
London Transport Museum
Architect:

Avery Associates Architects

Size:

31,1934 square feet

Awards:
  • Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence

  • Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence, Commendation "Classic"

  • Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence, Short List, Use of Technology

  • Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence, Short List, Education Initiative

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