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Museum of London Docklands

#79 of 1,552 things to do in London
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Neighborhood: Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs
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Address: 1 The Warehouse Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL, England
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+44 20 7001 9844
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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We have been to London many times (a month last year alone) but had never heard about this museum. The exhibit in the cross railroad excavations (that we learned about in... read more

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been to London many times (a month last year alone) but had never heard about this museum. The exhibit in the cross railroad excavations (that we learned about in National Geographic magazine ) is excellent. Too much information to absorb in one visit. They have done a great job engaging visitors from two to 82! Many interactive opportunities.

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Braintree, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is easy to get to, only 2 mins walk from the West India Quay station on the DLR and I would guess about 5-10mins from Canary Wharf on the tube. It is free to get in although there are donation boxes by the desk, if you want a simple map of the museum it costs £1. You start... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited last Sunday and it was packed, so plan your visit as it is easy to get swept along and miss items. We started at the Crossrail exhibition on the ground floor which was well laid out and interesting. The museum advises to start on the 3rd floor so beware there are lots of stairs, and each floor is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The latest exhibition is fascinating- wonderfully engaging - with the story of Crossrail construction used to tell a story of discovery and archaeology with a range of objects from prehistory- right up to the 20th century - if you want - you can just look at the detective work and the objects From flint to ironworks- - you will not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited this museum on several occasions and I always find it very interesting. Currently showing is the Archaeology of Crossrail, an exhibition highlighting the varied and fascinating archeological finds unearthed during construction of this major building project. From pre-Roman times, through the ages to present day, it is quite a collection. There are a number of videos, with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this museum to see the Crossrail exhibition and i wasn't disappointed. There was some really interesting artefacts on display as well as film of the equipment used to do the tunnelling. There is also exhibitions on slavery and sugar, the docks during the second world war plus other permanent exhibitions. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Out walking along the docks and found the museum. Very busy as its half term, however it had a great range of history on offer, interactively, photos and artefacts. Was intresting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Free entry, even to the play area section but do book the night before (after 7pm) especially if going during half term etc as they break the play area in to times slots we usually book two consecutive time slots as the first 35/40 minutes never seems to be enough for energy levels Play area has something for all ages,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good! I came back here to refresh my memory as my mum used bring me and my sister here when we were young frequently, as it is in Canary Wharf and we lived local. Good children's section, with fun activities! Last time I visited they had on a slavery exhibition which was fun, including letters from slave masters in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is on my itinerary every time I have a visitor new to the UK or London. It's free to go in but do make a contribution. It maps and charts the history of London and t's wealth layer by layer and the importance of the Thames. You have to go. Simple as that. And then go back again.

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