In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Walk Through History at the London Museum Cafe and Soda Fountain

These days natural gas has an odor and this East Texas museum can tell you why.

When you walk through the door at the London Museum Cafe and Soda Fountain, you’re walking back in time. In 1938 the current building was the town’s drug store. Current residents, including Jean Davidson, remember growing up going to the drug store. When they closed their doors in 1994, the space was turned into the current museum and soda fountain.

The London Museum Café & Soda Fountain chronicles the town’s history and tragedy of the worst school explosion in history. The explosion killed 294 students’ teachers and visitor’s on March 18, 1937. The blast was fueled by a leak of then odorless natural gas.  The London Museum is dedicated to all those who died March 18, 1937 and those who survived.

Admission into the museum is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The museum is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cafe is open Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.