London Museum of Water & Steam, Brentford

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London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent museum founded in 1975 as the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. It was rebranded in early 2014 following a major investment project.
Situated on the site of the old Kew Bridge Pumping Station in Brentford, near Kew Bridge on the River Thames in West London, England, the museum is centred on a collection of stationary water pumping steam engines dating from 1820 to 1910. It is the home of the world's largest collection of working Cornish engines, including the Grand Junction 90 inch, the largest such working engine in the world. The site is an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

The museum reopened on 22 March 2014.
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  • A gem of a museum. Fabulous coffee and cakes in the coffee shop, amazingly helpful staff, fabulous interactive displays and wonderful old machinery. My seven year olds were enthralled for hours by.....  more
    A gem of a museum. Fabulous coffee and cakes in the coffee shop, amazingly helpful staff, fabulous interactive displays and wonderful old machinery. My seven year olds were enthralled for hours by.....  more »
  • Love this museum. Highly interactive. Great sense of humour. I enjoyed it even more now I'm learning to be a plumber. Massive machinery, stories about poo, things to play with, cafe and cool gift... 
    Love this museum. Highly interactive. Great sense of humour. I enjoyed it even more now I'm learning to be a plumber. Massive machinery, stories about poo, things to play with, cafe and cool gift...  more »
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  • What a gem! This museum is a little pricey but worth it. (And you get to revisit during the year on that ticket.) It is very informative, both adult and kid friendly (with some hands on displays/areas for kids), and a good way to spend 1-1.5 hours. Specifically it gives interesting info on how we get our water, what happens to sewage, how it’s changed over time, why it’s important, and much more. The museum also has clean toilets, parking, and a nice small cafe if wanting tea, coffee, or a snack.
  • This is a five star attraction if you have young kids. It details the history of London's water supply, which is intricately related to the steam pumping technology that was built on. There are several BIG steam pumps on display. But to engage kids there are 6 or 7 separate play areas including an arts and crafts area and an outdoor science water play area which is great for hot days. Parents can take coffee and cake from the shop into the play areas. The Welcome Desk even offers spare sunscreen if you need a top up.

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