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Museum of London Docklands

#88 of 1,431 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
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

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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Unmissable Museum

Telling the story of Londons Maritime trade in Goods and Slaves and the transition of the Docks to one of the worlds leading financial centres. An enthralling 2 hours and Free... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Telling the story of Londons Maritime trade in Goods and Slaves and the transition of the Docks to one of the worlds leading financial centres. An enthralling 2 hours and Free admission

Thank JustWol
Suffolk, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great day out and a perfect way to spend a Sunday. Easy parking over the road which had reduced rates at weekends and free entry (donations welcome). Superb exhibitions with so many interesting pictures, photos, facts and information. Informative staff - thanks to Matt for his superb talk about Beckton Gasworks, made you feel very welcome. If... More 

Thank UKJosie
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is very well presented,and has been designed very much with kids in mind I think. It is very educational and probably a good place for families to go in the holidays.Location is great close to the Dlr and plenty of places to eat nearby (though more on the expensive side).

Thank Louise V
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the museum during the school holidays and had a great day here with my 5yr old son. He enjoyed the explorer pack (free) and the mudlarks gallery (also free, just needed a ticket from reception) while I enjoyed the galleries. Was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too busy given that it was the summer hols too.

Thank Oxfordtraveller2012
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good museum providing a helpful series of reflections on London Docklands. We went on a guided talk about what it would have been like to live and visit in the mid 19th century. Matt the guide was very good. Have left plenty to see so we can return.

Thank Jonhayes
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my Grandson here recently, it is a very interesting museum if on the small side, easy to get to lots of facts about the docklands, and the slavery section I found quite powerful, the play area was very good kept my Grandson who's 7 entertained for over an hour, a good place to go if short on time... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with family yesterday. The children's activity area is fun, although the soft play is only for toddlers, which is fair enough. My two children enjoyed the themed toys - pirate dressing up, giant map of where different trades originate, giant scales, toy boats, giant building bricks... You do need to book a half hour slot on arrival. Not sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Keeping grandchildren amused in the school holidays can be difficult, but we had a super day at the Museum of London Docklands. We bought a family ticket on the Thames Clipper service from Embankment and alighted at Canary Wharf. A short walk took us to the Museum where the children were made really welcome. They loved Mudlarks, the childrens play... More 

Thank Asabird13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a couple of hours to kill in Docklands recently, and turning to Trip Advisor for ideas I came across this museum. I can't believe that in all my years of visiting London I've not come across it before - it's a real gem. I expected it to be busy (because of the school holidays) but it was pleasantly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For some reason they have put the lift buttons on a silver column,so I had to ask where the lift button was situated.The museum is on 2 floors starting on the third.There is a big exhibition on the slave trade.For some reasons this exhibition in particular is fond of rhetorical questions.I do not accept that our generation should feel any... More 

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