This is a lovely offbeat museum located in Brentford, West London, close to the Richmond river banks of the Thames. It’s a “hidden gem”, so don’t expect queues or crowds. It is privately run and thus, not free of charge. It is home to a collection of water pumping steam engines that small or large boys will love.
The museum is a celebration of London’s industrial history, with an excellent display of huge sewers, pumping stations and an operating steam railway.
The building in which this museum housed, used to be the old Kew Bridge Pumping Station, which dates back to 1838. It was the first to drive clean water into people’s homes, 24 hours a day – at an affordable price. The final use of steam engines at the site was in 1958.
In 1999, the United Kingdom government Department for Culture, Media and Sport described Kew Bridge as “the most important historic site of the water supply industry in Britain”.
The location enables you to see also the Musical Museum, that is very close and later take a stroll by the banks of the river and enjoy the small pubs and restaurants. Kew Bridge rail station is near, but you can also go by bus from South Ealing station.
You should check on the website to see whenever the ancient engines are fired up.
Opening times are: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 16:00 and Sat & Sun 11:00 – 16:00.