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Museum of London Docklands

#101 of 1,269 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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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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Whizz round the docklands museum

Spent a very enjoyable afternoon last weekend at this museum. I probably spent nearly 3 hours there and needed just a bit more time to do the museum trail and the exhibition. 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Spent a very enjoyable afternoon last weekend at this museum. I probably spent nearly 3 hours there and needed just a bit more time to do the museum trail and the exhibition. 2 hours woud probably be enough if you went straight through the tour with no break and looked very quickly at everything- I wouldn't advise this as there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Could easily have spent much longer than the two hours we were here. When you enter and go up to the third floor to begin your journey through the history of London and its docks you don't realise how huge the museum actually is. It is very well laid out with lots of fascinating artefacts, many interactive to keep children... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

Fascinating for children and adults who want to find out more about London's past - without the docks London wouldn't be a major city. Knowledgeable staff add more information especially about the use of the gibbet. Section on the enslavement of African people was particularly well done.

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Lovere, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

To me it it simply the best museum to understand the history of London. I found it pleasant, deep, utterly interesting, useful and well organised. What missed are some DVDs in the library shop which illustrate the things seen. I had to accept buying a book.

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Springfield, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We quickly ran through this free museum after attending church at St. Peter's Barge on Sunday. It was beautiful. We did not know much about the history of this area. This museum filled that void. The displays were beautiful with quite a few interactive displays. My children really enjoyed it. The gift shop was very nice, and although we didn't... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Both my granddads were crane operators in London docks. In fact, my mother's dad died of his injuries when he fell from one - she was 14. I've visited the docks before but not this museum. The wharf it is based in was one of only 2 in West India Quay which survived the Blitz. The brickwork at the top... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lots to see in this museum, with some atmospheric street recreations and a variety of good displays, artefacts and models. Some of it could have been better lit, but we wondered if they were having a few technical problems. But well worth a visit.

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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

One for all the family covering the Thames from earliest times. There was a great photographic specialty covering the military and Suffragettes which too a chunk out of my time so only saw half of the main display which was excellent. Will certainly go back the next time in London to see the rest. It has a café but there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a wonderful museum with free entry just a short walk from Canary Wharf DLR station. Arranged on several floors are histories of shipping, slavery and London. Very child friendly. I went this time to see the exhibition of Christina Broom photography from early 20th century. A magnificent record of army life, royalty and the suffragette movement amongst other... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A museum with something for everyone, they seem to try for the kids with family trails & interactive elements. Fascinating story of the Port & docklands of London from the beginning & plenty to keep you busy for 2 hours. We also went to photography exhibition of Christina Broom from the late 19th century to late 1930s which was superb.... More 

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