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06 Apr 2020

London Transport Museum goes digital

London Transport Museum’s doors may be closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the collection is now open to virtual visitors online.

For families who were looking forward to visiting the Museum over the Easter holidays, a new online activity hub offers fun problem-solving games, word searches, quizzes and colouring-in pages to help recreate the experience at home.

Available to download from today (Monday 6 April) these activities are inspired by ‘Billy Brown of London Town’ - a vintage cartoon character who used playful rhymes to keep passengers on their best behaviour when using public transport during the Second World War.

Families looking for additional sources of entertainment during the holidays can also enjoy up to 25 per cent off bestselling toys and games from the Museum’s online shop until 26 April, including London Underground Monopoly, London Underground socks and a Tube line-themed Topple Tower.

London Transport Museum is a charity. Every purchase will help the Museum to reopen its doors and continue its work with children, young people and communities, igniting their curiosity to shape the future.

During its closure, London Transport Museum will continue to bring its collection to life online for kids and adults alike, by adding new objects and digital exhibitions to its Google Arts & Culture site.

Since its launch in 2019, more than 500 artifacts and artworks from the Museum’s collection have been digitised on the platform – including many housed at its Depot in Acton and not on display in the Museum in Covent Garden.

Visitors to Google Arts & Culture can browse examples of outstanding 20th century graphic art from the Museum’s transport poster collection, see the intricate details of historic maps, photographs, and vehicles revealed, discover little-known facts about the Underground and find out which objects are curator favourites and why.

A behind-the-scenes video tour of the Museum’s Hidden London exhibition is also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel, featuring transport historian and broadcaster Tim Dunn.

Inspired by some of London’s most secret spaces belonging to the oldest subterranean railway in the world, Hidden London: the Exhibition brings together the largest number of rare archive photos, objects, vintage posters, diagrams and decorative tiles from disused stations in one location for the first time.

This video tour takes visitors through a warren of atmospheric and immersive recreated secret spaces on the Tube network that have incredible stories to tell about London’s past and present.

New content will be shared regularly on the Museum’s website and across its social media channels.

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