London Canal Museum
Waterside museum of London's canals is set in a former ice warehouse and you can look down into a huge Victorian ice well once used to store ice imported from Norway. The ice trade story is the museum's second theme, along with the colourful tale of London's canals, their horses, boats, and the people who made a meagre living afloat. The museum tells the fascinating story of London's canals in a building with a history. Built beside Battlebridge Basin on the Regent's Canal, this was once an ice warehouse and you can peer down into the only preserved commercial ice well on view in the UK. The exhibitions include Horse Power, the story of horse goods transport in Victorian London on the streets and canals, and the new Water and Locks exhibition, which explains canal engineering and the supply of water, the history of locks, and includes a model lock through which you can work a boat. There is a display of archive films, an exhibition of model craft, a detailed map of London's waterways and of course the narrowboat 'Coronis'. The latter has a cabin in which you can contemplate life with a family in a tiny space. Regular temporary exhibitions and special events are held.
Opening Times : Tue-Sun & BHol 1000-1630. (Last entry 30mins earlier.) 1st Thu of month closes 1930. (Closed 23-26, 30-31 Dec.)
020 7713 0836
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