London Canal Museum

Category: Museums and libraries

London Canal Museum is situated in the King’s Cross area of London, England, beside Battlebridge Basin on the Regent’s Canal. The museum was opened in 1992. The building was constructed around 1860 as a warehouse for ice imported from Norway by ship and canal barge.

There are two preserved ice wells under the building, one of which may be viewed from the public area of the museum.

The exhibitions cover the following topics:

Introduction to UK waterways

Canal life (social history)

Canal art

Lifting and handling cargo

The ice trade

Canal craft

Working horses on the canals and the streets

The Regent’s Canal

Water and locks

The museum’s Bantam Tug

Changing temporary exhibitions

There are special events, evening illustrated talks, and summer activities for children. The museum is independent and self funded. It is run by volunteers. It is often used as a venue for private functions out of opening hours and this provides income to support it.


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