Museum of London Docklands, London

4.5
#29 of 218 in Museums in London
Discover the history of one of the world's greatest trading cities and its people at Museum of London Docklands. Make your way through history in the museum's ten permanent exhibits, including Mudlarks, an interactive area for kids. Discover a wealth of objects from whalebones to World War II gas masks. Jump back in time at Sailor Town, the full-size reconstruction of the dark and winding streets of Victorian Wapping. Join a free daily gallery tour or an object handling session. Plan my trip to London with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The Museum of the Docklands is a well designed with a lot of information about how shipping affected British history and London in particular. One whole floor is devoted to the history of slave trade ...  more »
  • Nice Museum showcasing the history around the Thames. Paid Parking available close by. Museum also has a small cafe and a shop.  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum which covers the history of the docks from 1600s onward into the present day. The evolution and change of use from docks and imports to financial companies is striking. It inclu...  more »
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  • A good destination for families with kids. The museum is not too large and very diverse so it will keep the young ones entertained and won’t exhaust them. There is a big play area downstairs which is one of the best I’ve seen in a museum but be sure to get your free entry tickets in advance because it fills up quickly and has limited capacity. Best to get the play area tickets as you enter the museum (you’ll get a time slot) and the time your stay accordingly.
  • Nice museum, lots of interesting stuff to see. Not massive in size, but the information and displays are a learning project for many. Will be visiting again to learn a lot more. Staff are very pleasant and family oriented. Worth visiting at least once. They have lifts available to all four floors. The surrounding area is also nice not badly communicated either. The development is wonderful! It feels welcoming and natural
  • As a local resident in the Docks area I do really appreciate popping by this Museum for some history fix. The exhibitions are great and mostly accompanied by lovely multimedia pieces. I particularly love the model village where you can experience what ordinary life seemed like back in the day. If you can’t spare much time go straight to the second floor - a must to visit!
  • Visited the museum because it was close to my hotel and I was pleasantly surprised! It has some common themes with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, but I found it a much more focused experience. The museum is setup so you have a clear path through the museum and the exhibits are well chained.
  • Mini mudlarks play sessions are really good. Make sure you pack a spare change of clothes for your toddler if you decide to play with the water feature!! It would be good if there was somewhere safe to stash your changing bag and purse etc like a locker as its a bit of a pain to carry it around with you while exploring.
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