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The London Museum of Water and Steam

IMG_0763This is my pick for the best place on my entire Steam Tour to take your littlest Steampunks. There are fun, hands-on exhibits about the water cycle and great info about the history of harnessing the Thames and combatting the Cholera outbreaks through London’s history. But the most exciting parts of the museum complex is room after room of real, working steam engines. They don’t run every engine every day, but I was lucky enough to visit on a bank holiday when they did run every engine for at least 15 minutes at some point during their open hours.

In the courtyard there are some smaller engines as well as a station to make giant bubbles in the afternoon, so that is another plus for kids. There is also a replica of a Victorian-era workshop where all the machines run on the same belt system (the original workshop was destroyed during the Blitz) and they offer tours.

5 responses

  1. Another interesting place to visit the next time I’m in London!

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    November 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    • I hope you get a chance, it was really amazing to see the big machines in action. I also hadn’t realized how brightly colored the old steam engines could be until my Steam Tour. Some of them are works of art.

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      November 18, 2014 at 1:52 am

  2. Well, I missed that one! I have no excuse, for I’ve been to London twice! Now I must find a way to return.

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    November 18, 2014 at 1:11 am

    • It used to be called the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, it only because the London Museum of Water and Steam in the last year or so after it was closed for a bit for renovations. I hope you get a chance to see it, the big machines are mesmerizing.

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      November 18, 2014 at 1:51 am

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