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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 #113 of 1,085 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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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Docklands is the heart of London or at least it was - now its a commercial zone of inhumane proportions in some Orwellian nightmare, vaguely interesting to visit if only to see what capitalism unconstrained can achieve. the museum shows us what docklands was and how it became the modern monstrosity - or modern utopia depending on your point... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A superb addition to the City branch, we went to see the Bridge exhibition. The museum focuses on the history of the docklands/east of London, often overlooked. It is a well laid out easily accessible venue. There is a great little cafe too.

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

If you have even a passing interest in the history of London and its people, this is the place to go. It is part of the larger Museum of London, but concentrates on the Thames and how it influenced the city's development. Displays are very informative, and include walk throughs of recreated riverside locations. And the museum is free or... More

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Kent
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I visited this museum after the main Museum of London in the city itself. It is located in what was once the London Docks and is now the new financial centre.The museum adds to the main one givng much more detail about London as at one time the major port of the UK. There is a clear route to follow... More

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Newcastle
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6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Loved my visit to this museum, there's so much history in this area. You start at the top and work your way through chronologically. The top floor was very interesting and had some thought provoking displays about slavery. You get to see the table Wilberforce and others drafted Abolition of Slavery bill. The second floor looked at the damage suffered... More

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

This museum is a really great place to visit especially with curent Bridges section. Free to enter and a comfortable cafe at fair prices.

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