Burg Altena, Germany

London Canal Museum is situaqted at king's Cross in central London, yet its peaceful canalside location beside the urban beauty spot of Battlebridge Basin comes as a surprise to visitors. The building was built as an ice warehouse in the 1860's and two huge ice wells are beneath the floor. One of them can be seen from the gallery above. The story of ice and of ice cream is told at the museum, as the ice was transported along the Regent's Canal from the docks - it was imported to there from Norway. The canal story occupies most of the museum with the centrepiece being the reconstructed narrowboat Coronis whose cabin interior may be visited. This brings to life the living conditions the canal families had to endure. There are displays about canal art, the horses, mechanical handling of goods, and regular temporary exhibitions.

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