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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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Ranked #110 of 1,100 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Having a penchant for anything regarding a nautical fashion, I always find myself returning to this museum, over and over again, It's in Canary Wharf, the once industrial and nautical heart of London and the very museum was the precise location where many slaves were bought and sold. The museum has an impressive exhibit called "London, Sugar and Slavery", which... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a well constructed, well thought out little museum. If you are at all interested in the history of the old East End docks and the way things have changed and developed over the years then this is the place to go. They currently have a "Bridges" exhibition running which has some fascinating photos and paintings of all the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went primarily for the Bridges exhibit. It was excellent. Took the took of the rest of the museum as well. Enjoyed it all. I had never been to Canary Wharf, very nice. Took the Thames clipper from Embankment. Very easy to get to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I loved everything about the museum, nothing to dislike. Location is great, we had a group meal after our tour at the museum and I had the best ever panacotta (pineapple, mango and kiwi).

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