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 great museum open since yesterday after 6 months closure for covid. A lot to learn on water pump in London since roman ages. Specifically good for year 6 who learn Victorian times and industries...  more »
  • If you are into large steam powered machinery, this is the place for you! The museum tracks the history of water supply and disposal in London and has a great range of massive steam powered beam...  more »
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  • What a gem of a place! We love it here. Small but perfectly formed, it’s got loads for young children to do, informative staff, a great range of activities and a lovely cafe. What’s not to like?Totally awesome. The Cornish beam engines are amazing Giants. Go on the last weekend of the month when they have steam up and you might see one of the Giants actually working. Just amazing.
  • Although quite a small museum, it's very interesting and covers uptodate issues ~ clean drinking water and sewage treatment. It also has some fun stuff with water for younger visitors. The cafe offers a modest range of food but excellent quantity and value for money.
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