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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 #77 of 923 Attractions 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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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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Littleton, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What a treat to make my way along the West India Docks to this former sugar warehouse. The location and building are worth the trip alone. The museum itself, while interesting, is inconsistent in quality of the exhibits. I think someone overdid the "interpretive" part of museum design, for example, adding sound affects where they're of questionable value or not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A hidden gem in terms of museums. Love the practical approach and layout of the history on offer. Our favourite part is London streets.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Museum of London Docklands is worth a visit, especially for those who want to know more about the part of London that really put it on the global economic map: the docks. The focus of the museum is on the development of London shipping and the people who lived and worked there. There displays pay great attention to everyday life... More 

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Geelong
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Commerce is the life blood of any civilisation and the Thames and it's various docks the beating heart of London's. So veer off the well trodden tourist path and spend some time here - well worth it

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

There are many things in London to go see but for value and quality this is probably the best thing you can see in London to understand how London became to be.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Museum of London Docklands is a beginners guide to the history of the Docklands. It is located at West India Quay just a couple minutes walk from the DLR station amidst a row of restaurants. The location itself is probably the most interesting part of the museum's story, a listed building from the early 19th century amid a row... More 

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Blackpool
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Interesting couple of hours at the museum, took you back to the of the docks( imports ) and trades , slavery, very educational for children too, you can relax over a coffee after ,there's also a children's play area for young ones, you have to book at 45 minute intervals but it's free ! The museum is also by donation... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited this museum on a Sunday morning. There were a few families there to see Santa, so suspect it was a little busier than normal. We took a self guided tour, the exhibits are well laid out and there is plenty to see. There is a small cafe on the ground floor and of course, aa ift shop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It's alright for a relaxed few hours - if you're visiting with a kid, especially convenient is the soft play area. I liked the location of this museum, the restaurants nearby and the Canary Wharf shopping centre across the footbridge.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have to admit I am not THAT interested in London Docks but I enjoyed my visit here. There was nothing amazing but the place was attractive and welcoming and was free and open till 6pm. Deserves 3.5 but that is not available! I had gone specifically to look at the gallery about the Blitz which I found informative and... More 

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