The museum has now re-opened following the coronavirus closure but for the time being we are open on Fridays and Saturdays only.
The museum is currently open on Fridays Saturdays and Sundays only. This is likely to continue for the remainder of 2020.
Please note that the Activity Zone (for children) remains closed for the time being and our touch-screen interactive unit is also out of use as a precaution.
Some of our services are available 7 days per week:
Museum team members (except Education Officer) are working from home and can be contacted by e-mail as usual or you can e-mail email@example.com
The museum's telephone number will be answered by a recorded message and will not take messages so please contact us by e-mail.
There will be an online talk on the first Thursday of the month at 1930. Talks held in the museum itself will resume when the circumstances permit.
Online events are listed with links to join on our What's On page
We've launched a photographic competition to create an archive for the future of the canal in 2020, its 200th year
The annual Angel Canal Festival cannot be held this year so we have created an online exhibition of selected pictures from the festival over the years that captures the joyful spirit of the festival. Go to the exhibition.
Take a detailed online tour of London's longest flight of eight locks (including two Norwood Locks) in our new online tour, including contemporary and archive pictures and explanations for the curious. Find out about strange red doors, mysterious side ponds, and the forbidding early 19th century Lunatic Asylum that dominated the scene for many years and had its own dock. An armchair view of one of London's most interesting canal locations and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. See the exhibition here.
This exhibition was displayed in the museum for a short while before the closure and is now also online. It is the work of community historian Carolyn Clark who has researched the stories of people who lived and worked beside The Regent's Canal in Islington and further east. It is canal history with a difference. It is social history, but not of the much-studied canal boat dwellers, but the rarely-considered industrial workers and local residents who worked and played beside the canal in the last days of commercial carrying. The exhibition also reminds us of some of the industries that have vanished from London, many of which depended on the canal originally for transport. Ten pages of fascinating pictures, stories, and canalside history - free of charge online. Go to Industrial Islington Exhibition.
Our museum guide book is called "London Canal Museum in 12 Objects". Download this free family activity guide and find out about the 12 objects using resources online from our website and other websites. Interesting for adults as well as educational and fun for children.
Download 12 objects at home activity (PDF format)
We've revived a blog on the popular blog-site Tumblr and we're using it to post features of interest about canals, the ice trade, and more. We'll be gradually adding things to this, contributed by members of the museum team. The first posting is about penny licks. If you don't know what a penny lick is now is the time to find out!
You can still explore one part of the London Canal Museum by using our controllable camera, underground in the ice wells. There have been technical problems with this for some time since the museum website was upgraded to use the secure https protocol but we have now got things going again using a server that doesn't use https - but rest assured, does not ask you for any information at all or place cookies on your computer.
Many of us are using video conference systems for meetings and chats, and Zoom is one of the most popular. Cover up that untidy room and set an attractive canal scene as your background picture. Pick one of 12 London canal scenes on our Zoom Backgrounds page.