Waterworks

This brand new gallery tells the story of London’s water supply as the vital lifeblood of our city. Exciting new interactive exhibits, artefacts from the capital’s watery past and more bring this little known story to life for visitors of all ages.

From Roman terracotta water pipes to future technology, this gallery explores each exciting chapter of London lives through the ages, sustained by the Thames and the technologies developed to make its water reach the city’s growing population.

See how in the past your postcode may have decided whether you lived or died and how water was pumped by animals. Visit the Victorian laboratory and find out how scientific discoveries allowed now forgotten pioneers to make nineteenth-century London water safe from deadly diseases like cholera, saving millions of lives as a result.

Step back into the present to find out where your water comes from now and how it is filtered and 'cleaned’. Learn about how and why we need to pump water and have a go yourself. Have a trip to the sewers to see what happens after your water disappears down the sink. Take the water quiz challenge to learn more about how much water you use and why we should all save water. Turning on the tap will never be the same again!

Waterworks

This brand new gallery tells the story of London's water supply as the vital lifeblood of our city. Exciting new interactive exhibits, artefacts from the capital’s watery past and bring this little known story to life for visitors of all ages.

  Splash Zone

Brand new outdoor splashy fun for all the family in the Waterwheel Courtyard.
Be amazed by unexpected ways of moving water using gears, wheels, buckets, levers, pumps, pipes and more!

Eating

The brand new Stokers café is situated at the entrance of the museum and is open every day from 11am – 4pm.
Customers can choose from a selection of hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks throughout the day.

Shopping

The museum shop stocks an ample range of books and souvenirs whether you have a specialist interest in the museums exhibitions, history and culture, or just want to treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful gift we are sure to have a product to suit.

Our History & The Engines

The heart of the museum is its collection of magnificent steam pumping engines. These comprise the Cornish engines, which are in their original engine houses, and the rotative engines, which have been collected by the museum trust from pumping stations across the country.

Waterworks Railway

Many Victorian waterworks had their own railway.
At London Museum of Water & Steam this is demonstrated by a short line featuring the "Wren" class locomotive Thomas Wicksteed, which is typical of a waterworks engine.

Museum Garden

Meet Your Tenants

The museum is home to a variety of professional artistic and creative tenants including painters, musicians, ceramicists, model makers and blacksmiths.