London Museum Of Water & Steam

Over the summer holidays, the Museum’s steam locomotive Thomas Wicksteed will be running on Wednesdays as well as at the weekends. There’s lots to enjoy outside as well as in, with the Splash Zone in the courtyard and the garden which makes an ideal place for a picnic. Over the August bank holiday weekend there will also be an ‘Edwardian Seaside Special’, where children can make a paper kite, enter the grand sandcastle competition and enjoy hands-on watery fun. They will also be able to meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, who will be making a special guest appearance – we expect a few grown-ups will be just as excited as the kids about that! Kids go free throughout the summer with a full paying adult.

Previously known as Kew Bridge Steam Museum, the London Museum of Water & Steam reopened in March 2014 after a major redevelopment. It is now a fantastic attraction for the kids to enjoy, with new interactive exhibits, an outdoor splash zone, and a brand new cafe and shop, as well as the old steam machines and railway engine.

London Museum of Water & Steam displayOn entering the museum, you will pass through the new Waterworks Gallery, which tells the story of London’s water supply through the ages using interactive exhibits, artefacts and interesting displays. There is an amazing collection of vintage baths, sinks, toilets, and boilers – all hanging on one huge wall. You’ll find out how techniques were developed to maintain a water supply to London’s growing population, and where your water comes from and goes to now.

London Museum of Water & Steam engineYou’ll then enter the heart of the museum, which is full of enormous steam pumping engines demonstrating the major developments in steam engine technology. At the weekends, some of these engines are lovingly put into action by a team of volunteers – talk to them and it’s hard for some of their enthusiasm not to rub off! The engines really are impressive, and also beautiful works of engineering at the same time. The kids will be enthralled.

London Museum of Water & Steam splash zoneOn a nice day, the main attractions lie outside. There is an amazing Splash Zone for the children, full of features where they can experiment with water using wheels, pumps, pipes, levers, buckets and more. Once they start playing you’ll be hard pushed to get them away again, so enjoy a moment’s peace in the lovely courtyard. The courtyard is also where you can embark on a short ride on steam and diesel locomotives.

London Museum of Water and Steam Stokers cafeAfter you’ve enjoyed exploring the museum’s exhibits, you can pay Birdie’s Kitchen (the rebranded Stokers Cafe) a visit. It serves a wonderful selection of scrumptious snacks, fabulous food and delightful drinks in a lovely setting near the entrance to the museum. In the same area, there’s a shop which stocks a wide array of goodies for grown-ups and children alike, and watch out for the new little kids play area coming soon. Before you leave, it’s worth taking a quick walk in the gardens, which also make a great spot for a picnic on a summer’s day.

The museum is also a great place for a children’s party! They have a large private room for hire, and all party goers are allowed full access to the museum, inside and out. You can either bring your own party food, or Birdie’s Kitchen can help you with any requirements.

London Museum of Water & Steam locomotiveThe London Museum of Water & Steam can be found at Green Dragon Lane in Brentford, TW8 0EN. It is usually open from 11.00am-4.00pm every day, but operates on a scaled-down basis at the beginning of the year until mid-Febraury. For more information call 020 8568 4757.

 


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