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Museum of London Docklands

#79 of 1,497 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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You learn a lot about Londons Dockland

The Museum is in one of Docklands very old Warehouse's(WHARF) Warehouse at river front.. It tells the story of Londons rivers history and its back ground and why it is where it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Raymond S
Hannover, Germany
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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Museum is in one of Docklands very old Warehouse's(WHARF) Warehouse at river front.. It tells the story of Londons rivers history and its back ground and why it is where it is now.. It is a very easy Museum to navigate, you can choose the parts that interest you. Lost interactive screens and some old films to watch. You... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A real hidden gem in London and somewhere everyone would enjoy. Plenty to entertain children as well as interesting for adults. The displays are very well presented and it's a real walk through time (with the tour starting on the top floor). Highly recommended and I only wish I'd had a bit more time to see everything in detail. I... More 

Thank Christine H
SE London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for a stroll round Canary Wharf and decided whilst we were there just to pop into the Docklands Museum. At least three hours meter we emerged back into the Autumn sunshine after a truly rewarding experience. The story of the docks us told in informative and descriptive displays of photos, old records, short films and artefacts, from dockers hooks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a group of 46 members from Baddow and Galleywood U3A's family history group and we had a wonderful time. Just start at the gallery at the top and follow the arrows [or you may get lost!] There are many archive films and so much information. We travelled by coach, but it would have been easy to have travelled... More 

Thank LindaK17
Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is in an old warehouse and tells the story of London through trade and shipping. Inside you can be standing in a street from the 1700s outside you are in the newest city in the UK. A fascinating contrast and a fascinating story! The free tours are especially worthwhile - the guides are good story tellers and know... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was expecting this to be quite a small museum, but it is over 3 floors and has loads of historical exhibits - you need at least 2 hours for this.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This FREE museum adjacent to Canary Wharf is well worth a visit as it covers the time when men and ships were a great part of the London scene. The story of the life of the dockyard is covered over two floors with many twists and turns as you wander through the original cargo sheds. There are places to sit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is a little gem located in the heart of what once was the busiest dock in the world. It is very well organized, interesting and informative. As a former employee of one of the biggest Mediterranean ports, I really enjoyed the visit!

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cornwall uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As our grandparents and great grandparents were born and lived and worked on the Isle of Dogs we were interested in visiting this area on a recent visit to London. We really unearthed a gem when we found the Docklands Museum - it holds such a wealth of information and artifacts and is a wonderful place to visit if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Museum of London Docklands. Its free but a £5 donation is recommended . The museum covers the Imports into the Docks,the slave trade, Sailors lives, the world wars and the redevelopment of the Docklands, to mention a few. Worth the £5 we spent about three hours but could have spend longer.

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