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Museum of London Docklands

Address: West India Quay, London E14 4AL, England (Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs)
Phone Number: 020 7001 9844
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Ranked #118 of 2,403 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of London’s river, port and...
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Attraction details
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Worthing, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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134 reviews 134 reviews
21 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

What a fantastic hidden gem. From the moment we fell across it the staff were friendly knowledgeable and always happy to help. Lots to see read and take in. Shame some parts were closed or broken but still a harsh reminder of the great British spirit in times of needs. Wonderful

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Berlin, Germany
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The museum is easily reached by public transport (DLR West India Quay) and informs the visitor of the history of the docks when Britain was the epitomy of a sea-faring trading nation. There are rooms where the tobacco and sugar-trade and the slave-trade from West Africa to the Carribean and the Americas are explained. Replica models of offices, shops etc.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We went here today because we live around the corner at Surrey Queys. Wow such a great place to visit if you are both a local and a tourist alike. So much to see and do all about the locality and how its changed. Easy to get to and a perfect way to spend some time.

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