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Museum of London Docklands

#112 of 2,387 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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Excellent, free museum that offers the opportunity to learn more about the area of London's Docklands. The historical buildings in the area were largely destroyed during the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Excellent, free museum that offers the opportunity to learn more about the area of London's Docklands. The historical buildings in the area were largely destroyed during the Blitz, but has a rich history, well-documented in the museum. We hadn't expected to, but ended up spending hours exploring it, learning about how the docks had functioned, their role in slavery, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Excellent museum. Easy to reach from Canary Wharf or West India Quay. Well laid out and informative. Friendly and helpful staff. Good cafe downstairs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

An excellent museum and completely free. There is so much to see that we began to get information overload and decided to leave after one floor of the museum and to return another day to continue the tour. I would suggest that as an option for anyone with time to return. I was impressed with the museum's consideration for people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I visited with 3 older children difficult to "distract". I was not too sure about going in. I found it OK, but they loved it. I have no idea why. Maybe they should write this review! Starts from the third floor if you want to go in chronological order. Normal exhibits on third and second floor, one that looked sponsored... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

What a great museum this is! So much to see on each floor. Everything is brilliantly displayed, and the turn of each corner brings another episode of the history of this area to life. This is a free museum, and well worth returning to many times. We loved it and throughly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Excellent museum and free. As a few galleries currently closed for refurbishment, we expected our visit would be somewhat curtailed but had underestimated what is an expansive museum. After an hour we thought the next door went through would likely be to the EXIT, but an Aladdins Cave that we spent almost two hours in and would have been longer... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Free to get in. Lots to see. Some areas are a bit too dark to read the blurb. Nice café. over run by school kids

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Having recently moved to the area we were keen to learn all about the history of the Docklands area. We weren't disappointed by this fabulous museum! Read on about how to best view it through my usual balanced review and top tips. Here's what we liked: The museum is entirely free, appeared very child-friendly on the ground floor, had a... More 

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Nayland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you are interested in the history of London's Docklands and their contribution to London and further afield this is a must. Well laid out in an old warehouse looks and felt larger than first impression. Journey starts on 3rd floor and finishes on 2nd with a nice looking age on ground. Will be back.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was told about this museum by somebody I was working with during my visit to the area, so I decided to use my free afternoon for a visit, the weather out side was freezing so it seem like a good way to spend my time. I have to say I do like museums, but this one was much better... More 

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