HERITAGE: European Museums of Transport

Museums of transport, as well as the collections they exhibit, represent a special part of cultural heritage. They contribute to our understanding of the history of travel and mobility. Transport development is very important and it can be seen as a part of national identity, as our interview from Switzerland suggests. Also in this section, Professor Makoto Arisawa talks about his special interest in transport museums. T-R invites you to visit transport museums in London and Tokyo, view their exhibits and choose souvenirs in the museum shop.


My Travels to Transport Museums

James Morris

Apparently when Japanese travel overseas, many make a point of visiting the art galleries and museums at their destinations. Of course, I've seen my fair share: the British Museum, the Louvre, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, to name a few. But my favorite sort of museum would have to be transport museums. Always featuring something unique to the country in question, these museums are a true delight ...

Transport Museum: Attraction, Exhibition and a Site of Research

William Law

Some transport historians have long thought of museums as a suitable place in which to ply their craft. The late Jack Simmons, founding co-editor of The Journal of Transport History, was a passionate advocate of the educational benefits of transport museums and in 1970 published what for many years was the only book in English on the subject. In the 1960s he was largely responsible for the journal's ventures into museum reviewing, a practice recently revived after a lengthy period in abeyance. A...

Transport Museums is a Part of Swiss Identity

Kevin Eagan

Daniel Suter, Director of the Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication, believes that one must understand the past to shape the future. He uses this principle to guide Lucerne's renowned museum ...

Modern Transportation Museum in Japan

Vanderlei J. Pollack

Representing as it does the movement of people and goods, transport has had an enormous influence on politics and economics. As with other countries, the most common form of overland transport in ancient times was road-based on foot or by horse, while shipping via water routes was the only means of conveying large volumes. However, owing to the national isolation policy in force in Japan at the time of the Industrial Revolution, Japan's modernization of transport got off to a slow start in compa...

The Future Of Museum Retailing – London Transport Museum

Kevin Eagan

What is the world of museum retailing going to look like in 10 years time? Micheal Walton - Retail & Merchandise manager at London's Transport Museum - looks for the trends and the new thinking in the sectors and offers his best educated guess ...