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Museum of London Docklands

West India Quay, London E14 4AL, England (Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs)
020 7001 9844
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As featured in London for young kids
Ranked #109 of 1,105 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty 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 people in this historic warehouse. Discover a wealth... more » 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 « less
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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I didn't think this museum would be up to much nor did I think it would hold the kids attention. How wrong was I. We had a fantastic couple our hours and the kids really enjoyed their visit. If you are visiting with kids I would suggest booking your kids into the kids interactive zone when you arrive as it... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This museum was recommended to me by the Eastender I was staying with and I'm glad I went. Very well laid out with enough information in large font to be read in passing giving you a good overview without being "War and Peace" They have the portable stools there, so if you are planning on spending a bit of time... More

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Swindon
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10 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I happened to be staying at the Marriott West India Quay about 150 yards from this musuem when I saw the sign, I didn't even know this existed. Well I'm glad I decided to spend sometime here as it charts the history of the London docks from start until they closed in the 1980's. It is very well done and... More

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Paris, France
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you feel like visiting outside of Central London, you have to test this museum. Right next to the new City district, you will have a nice contrast between the modernity of the buildings and the traditional docks. I particularly liked how the museum organize the visit. Very interactive, feel like traveling trough time and space! great for kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I went to the Museum of London in the City of London, and though it provides some good information the layout is not the best. Of course this is my opinion and others may disagree. I found the layout of this museum to be perfect. It was a great reminder that London and Britain as a whole is built on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

As a small museum and an outpost of a much greater one (The Museum of London) expectations are low. Nevertheless they are hugely exceeded by the depth and sophistication of its permanent exhibition, which, spread over three floors starting from the top and working down, takes the visitor on a two-thousand year journey from London's Roman origins through medieval, Tudor... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I have worked in the docklands for years but had never come in here before. I brought my niece here to show her part of London that tourists do not come to so much.The building is lovely in itself being an original warehouse set in modern surroundings so the contrast is also great. The tour starts at the top and... More

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Had a very good couple of hours here. A free museum is a must-see anyway and this is very informative and well laid out. Particularly liked the section made up as if you were walking around the docklands of long ago. Some interesting things to see and learn, with some interactivity to keep you engaged all the way round.

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This museum, set in an original 18th Century warehouse, explained the use of the dockland area as a port from Roman times to present day and its role in London's/England's economy throughout these times. The museum had two levels for the displays with each floor area occupying quite a bit of floor space.There were a variety of presentations of information... More

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San Francisco
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I found this museum to be exactly the right size, very well presented and organized, and super interesting. Also free! I spent most of my time on the top two floors that cover the complete chronology of the Thames within the context of the history of London. I liked that you could focus on the main descriptions or drill down... More

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