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Museum of London Docklands

#114 of 2,354 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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Fantastic museum

Spent a really interesting few hours here. Really informative displays and exhibits giving a rich history of London and its docklands. I felt quite moved by the time I reached the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Spent a really interesting few hours here. Really informative displays and exhibits giving a rich history of London and its docklands. I felt quite moved by the time I reached the section about the damage done during the Second World War, as the museum had taken you through the history of the area from Roman times onwards. Lovely cafe and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Many of the museum exhibits we have seen in other places, so our visit was barely an hour. That said, the slavery exhibit was very good and the kids (7,10,12, and 14) learned a great deal and commented on it. Small café at entrance. A selection of restaurants next door (including La Tasca).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A comprehensive history of London's River and docks, set out chronologically. Plenty (too much?) to read and digest. Some of lighting was very low which made reading the displays difficult if, like me, you haven't got perfect eyesight. Some excellent displays of recreated streets with the old buildings, sounds etc. Well worth a a visit, especially as there's no admission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Visited here on a bank holiday and was amazed at how much of a rich history the docklands had I also went on a great tour around the museum on the second floor, we had an extremely enthusiastic tour guide who took us round and gave some interesting facts around what life was like if you lived in docklands/London area.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We didn't quite know what to expect from this museum, but it was both informative and interesting, I learnt a lot about the history of early London, the economics of the docklands area as well as the people who created it. I'd recommend this if you have an hour or two. If not it's free so even if you've only... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a big museum with a lot of great material. On this occasion we started after World War II and enjoyed learning about the regeneration of docklands which has taken place without our living memory (and we knew the area before that happened). Fascinating stuff - and the area is still evolving

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The museum is a hidden gem located at No.1 Warehouse, West India Dock Road, London E14 4AL, very close to the DLR. There are permanent galleries and exciting interactive areas for all ages. The museum has snack bars and the area in general has places to eat and drink to suit all pockets, a great day out, try it David... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I first visited about 2 months ago with a friend & did not get to see a good part of the museum as , unlike some places, everything here warrants close attention. Therefore, I returned yesterday to " finish the job' First thing to say is that the museum is located in a very interesting area. I came on foot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We mentioned to my friend that we were taking our children (9, 7 and 6) to London. I said we were deciding where to go that we hadn't been. He said this museum is great so we planned to go there. When we arrived they had tables and chairs outside so we had our picnic then went in (they also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a great place to visit it is set over 3 floors always start on the top floor .it has lifts so you don't need to walk up the stairs .very educational for all the family .it takes you through all ages from Vikings to slave trade to the war .and how docklands has changed over the years .

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