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London Bus Museum

Museum Exhibits

The London Bus Museum houses the world’s largest collection of historic London buses, covering 100 years of development – from the horse-drawn buses of the 1870s to the driver-operated, rear-engined 70-seaters of the 1970s. Our buses fall into 3 categories:

  • The main display, arranged in an historical time-line

  • A working fleet of buses which can ‘come out to play’

  • Buses undergoing restoration and rebuilding

The “Handling Fleet”

We are a working bus museum and most of our vehicles have been restored to, and are maintained in, working order. Not on show within the timeline display is a small selection of buses used as a “handling” fleet which comes out onto the road and, on occasions such as our special events and running days, provides rides. These buses are housed in our adjacent Restoration & Maintenance Workshop and, although not on display, can sometimes be glimpsed when the workshop doors are open in fine weather. On occasions, and when it is safe to do so, an escorted tour of the workshop may be arranged upon request to one of our stewards but we ask for your understanding that this may not be possible on the occasion of your visit.

Restoration & Maintenance

The Museum has a fully equipped, modern workshop in which our skilled volunteers maintain our working fleet as well as carry out those award-winning restorations for which the Museum has become renowned. Most of the restorations involve a complete re-build from a wreck that has been discovered in a field or barn somewhere and a number of the buses on display in the Hall have been through this process. A restoration not only requires the incredible skills of those who refurbish irreplaceable parts as well as craft new ones but also the hard work of the researchers who delve deep into ancient records to ensure that colours and other details are painstakingly accurate.

As with the Handling Fleet, it may be possible on occasions to view our current restoration work by making a request to one of our stewards.