London Canal Museum in the King’s Cross area of London, England, is a regional museum that displays information about the history of London’s canals.
The museum was opened in 1992. It is housed in a Victorian ice warehouse that was used by Carlo Gatti. The building was constructed between 1862 and 1863 to house ice imported from Norway by ship and canal barge. There are two preserved ice wells under the building, one of which may be viewed from the public area of the museum.
Exhibitions and activities
The exhibitions cover all aspects of the UK’s waterways. The museum runs monthly evening illustrated talks, summer activities for families, guided towpath walks and guided trips through the Islington Tunnel. The museum sponsors two boats at the National Waterways Museum that are part of the national collection. The London Canal Museum provides financial support to the Boat Museum Society, a voluntary body which works with the National Waterways Museum on the restoration and maintenance of historic boats. The two boats sponsored by London Canal Museum are Ferrett and Ilkeston.
The museum is situated in the King’s Cross area of London, on the Regent’s Canal. Battlebridge Basin is accessible from the rear of the museum. It is a five-minute walk to King’s Cross London Underground station.