London Canal Museum

In Gatti's Ice House at King's Cross

We are sorry that the museum is currently closed because of the coronavirus emergency. We cannot say when it will be possible to re-open. We are online as usual and on social media. Look for things to do at home, ideas and updates on our covid-19 page including the exhibition Industrial Islington, now online.

At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London's canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, horses and how canals work. We are a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. It is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King's Cross, an accessible central location. It is suitable for adults and children and it is fully accessible to all visitors.

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Go to our covid-19 page for our latest updates and things to do at home. Visit our exhibition Industrial Islington - now moved online

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