London Museum Of Water & Steam

The Museum is open every day during the summer holidays, and kids go free! If you’re a Barnes Mums member, you can also enter for just £10.00. Make the most of the sunshine in the splash zone and garden, marvel at the Museum’s collection of Cornish beam and rotative water pumping engines, and ride the Waterworks Railway at weekends and on Wednesdays. From the 25th – 27th August, they will also be running their Seaside Special Weekend where there will be a sandpit and other seaside activities. One of the cornish beam engines will be in steam, along with the rotative engines and the Waterworks Railway will be offering unlimited rides all weekend!

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, and KIDS GO FREE and adults only £10.00 with Barnes Mums (see our membership page for details)! During term-time it is open from 10.00am-3.00pm Wednesday to Friday and from 10.00am-4.00pm at weekends. During the holidays it is open every day from 10.00am-4.00pm. For more information call 020 8568 4757.



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