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Museum of London Docklands

#120 of 2,415 things to do in London
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Neighborhood: Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs
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Address: West India Quay, London E14 4AL, England
Phone Number: 020 7001 9844
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of...
From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of London’s river, port and people in this historic warehouse. Discover a wealth of objects from whale bones to WWII gas masks in state-of-the-art galleries, including Mudlarks, an interactive area for kids; Sailortown, an atmospheric re-creation of 19th century riverside Wapping; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the city’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. FREE ENTRY
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A great museum

I was told about this museum by somebody I was working with during my visit to the area, so I decided to use my free afternoon for a visit, the weather out side was freezing so it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was told about this museum by somebody I was working with during my visit to the area, so I decided to use my free afternoon for a visit, the weather out side was freezing so it seem like a good way to spend my time. I have to say I do like museums, but this one was much better... More 

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Livingston Manor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Situated in the formerly shabby Thames Docklands area, this is a terrifically educational museum concentrating on the maritime history of London. They don't hesitate to delve into the seamier side as well as the glory of this world seaport. One major exhibition details the horrors and context of the slave trade and its importance to London. Although relatively few slaves... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a fascinating museum. There are displays on many aspects of London Docklsnds describing communities both before and after developments. There are very informative and emotional displays on the slave trade , docklands in war time , all well laid out and roomy. Nice choice of cafe and/ or restaurant . Very helpful staff .

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We found this museum to be very interesting and informative - didn't know anything about the history of this area. It was very well set out, clear information, good graphics. not too many interactive displays in the adult areas (we didn't venture into the children's area). Came away knowing a huge amount more. Staff were more than helpful. Layout of... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We visited with some friends who had heard about the museum. It sounded really interesting. Sadly we were disappointed. Part of the problem was that some of the galleries were closed. And somehow the galleries didn't flow. Also there seemed to be few exhibits in some galleries just lots of information. Not so good for children. It is free of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We enjoyed lunch in Canary wharf then walked over to the museum, by which point our little one was fast asleep in the pushchair. We got a ticket for mudlarks on the way in then enjoyed looking round the museum which took us 1hr 30 ( exact time he slept for!). We then headed downstairs to mudlarks. Our son loved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We decided to have a day out on DLR as our 3 year old loves it. Found this museum and decided to go in as I had heard there was a play area. They have a lovely area just for children you must collect a ticket from reception to attend one of the sessions, I guess it would be too... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This museum is small but absolutely first class in its layout and presentation. I was born at the end of the war in the South East and, although I've never at any time worked in the docks, I feel a sense of identity with Londoners who worked on valiantly during the air raids so well illustrated here. But the museum... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is not so interesting for young children. It is fairly dry and involves a lot of reading. I have been to a similar museum in Gloucester (albeit a paid attraction) and that was far more interesting, I think the management should study that museum to get some ideas. There is a Wetherspoons next door which is the only... More 

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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I only discovered the existence of this excellent museum recently so my wife and I thought we'd check it out this Saturday afternoon and we found it most enjoyable and informative. The topics it tackles goes beyond the history of the docks, for example racial prejudice, slavery, social history, political history and recent events too. Well worth bringing children along... More 

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