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Museum of London Docklands

#84 of 1,480 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
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
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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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Dock lands history

Very powerful museum going through the history of docklands into the future. Powerful displays on slavery & London in the war

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very powerful museum going through the history of docklands into the future. Powerful displays on slavery & London in the war

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is by Canary Wharf . Easy access by underground and DLR, Canary Wharf station and West India Quay (but for this station check times). It is free to visit and has packed into three floors of an old warehouse 3 centuries of the areas maritime history. The museum is kind of set up chronologically starting at the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to what I thought were 90% of London museums. Spotted this beauty, while on a cooking course in West India Quay area. I arrived late (30 minutes before closure). The front of house fella, made it clear that it was a massive site and would really need some hours to consume and enjoy. Boy was he right.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to spend half a day when in London if in the vicinity, especially if the weather is bad. It is child friendly and there is such a variety of information that I'm sure everyone will find something that interests them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an excellent opportunity to discover the Docklands history, and be immersed is its rich multicultural background. Over three floors, the museum traces its history from late 1700s through to the modern day. You'll need around three hours to trace your way through the decades. There are many multimedia activities, as well as amazing static exhibits. Turn a corner,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is just a few hundred yards away from India Quay, Docklands Light Railway Station or you can walk across the bridge from Canary Wharf. It is fascinating, it gives a great insight into the history of the Thames and the changes that have occurred to the docks over the years. My wife and I spent over 4 hours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having an interest in the docks where my grand father worked in the thirties, living in the east end. The museum takes you on a journey showing the produce that was offloaded in the docks from slaves to spices. Take a stroll down the lanes of the old docks. The visual aids and recorded interviews of people who worked there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the minute I walked through the door I loved it. Really informative, fun, and interesting. The staff couldn't do enough. I'd totally recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is right near Canary Wharf, an area well worth seeing in and of itself. But the museum itself is a treat. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable;one went out of his way to tell us something about several of the exhibits. Shipping was so important to the British Empire and this museum lays it out perfectly. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! A little piece of London's history preserved for everyone. Spread on 3 floors, working your way down to the ground floor, the museum has been cleverly divided to portal the docks from three very different and contrasting perspectives. The staff are very friendly and helpful and happy to talk to you about any aspect of the display.... More 

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