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Museum of London Docklands

#90 of 1,410 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
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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Well worth spending a couple of hours here

This museum has been on my list for some time, but I only visit London a few times a year and other things have always taken priority. Finally got here and it was definitely worth... read more

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

This museum has been on my list for some time, but I only visit London a few times a year and other things have always taken priority. Finally got here and it was definitely worth the wait. There's a huge amount of things to see, and there's a really good flow from the establishment of the docklands area for trade... More 

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County Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this museum by chance and we were delighted with our 2 visits. It is a great museum which is easy to navigate. It is on 3 floors so be prepared to visit more than once to absorb its history properly. Do go on one of the free guided tours as you will learn so much more than on your... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Original building and one of few that didn't get flattened in the bombing during WWII. Great building and architecturally interesting and in a fascinating part of London area. Seems a 'neat' mix of old and new. Clean and nice but not a lot of people around. Museum was three floors of exhibits some were multi-media. Learned a lot - especially... More 

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San Mateo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was on business in Canary Wharf and discovered this FREE museum located in the old India Quay building which is one of the last old maritime buildings left. It is a gem and a really nice 1-2 hour visit. It is affiliated with Museum of London. The Museum is multiple floors. You enter on the ground floor but then... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we would pop in here for an hour, but we stayed until closing time . Going through the history of Docklands was fascinating . The recreation called Sailor Town is great. Going from slavery to the first port of Empire and then Docklands at war . I Highly recommend.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting museum and well presented. We spent several hours looking around and all this with no charge, donations if you wanted too and well worth a donation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I did learn here, and admired the way they honestly presented the role of slavery, and of course it is free.....but....much of it is dark, and it doesn't seem like it's always somewhere where something old needs to be in the dark to be preserved. And often, including in the dark, what you are supposed to read is VERY small,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very informative museum about that important part of London and its economic importance in the overall growth of England over the years. lovely building. easy access for all. the coffee shop is handy with limited choice but adequate. well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the museum many times and always find something new. The free talks are excellent the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. I decided to try some of the paid walks and I was not disappointed, I did the Isle of Dogs walk with Matt it was most interesting and although I grew up in the area I learned... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far more engaging than the main Museum of London, the exhibits are introduced by a large screen film of the Thames estuary that geographically situates the docks. From there you walk into a former storeroom containing more films, this time of the work process, and tools of the trade. Sound recordings of dockworkers offer personalized accounts. Then there are exhibits... More 

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