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Museum of London Docklands, London
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Museum of London Docklands a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • We weren't planning on visiting this museum but we were staying nearby and decided to pop in and ended up staying more than a couple of hours. It was a Sunday morning and it was really quite but thoro...  more »
  • We went at opening time and therefore missed some of the talks that other reviewers have said are good. Was an interesting display of both the history of the docks and the WW2 sections. Good to see if...  more »
  • This is our first visit to this museum and we found it very interesting. I joined Matt's talk on slavvery and found him very interesting and informative. We learnt a lot about the history of the dock ...  more »
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  • A nice little museum that has good free activities for children. It's worth booking an hour at the soft play area at the weekends. This can be done after 7pm online the night before you attend or, if there's space, at the reception desk. It's good for children up to 5 and each session lasts an hour. There's a small cafe and a microwave and bottle warmer if you need to heat up your own food or baby milk. The rest of the museum is interesting if you want to learn about the history of the area, although it's not the most child friendly. Children are able to get an explorer bag from reception to take round the museum.
  • I went here because I had been to most of the other major museums in London before at some point. It's pretty great if a little small. You start at the top and make your way down as a journey, though I did not do this. (whoops) Variety of time periods covered from the slave trade up until the 90's. The cafe inside is a bit expensive though in line with pretty much any other museum. All in all I'd say it's worth a visit for a few hours. Also has a Sainsburys archive for some reason!
  • This is a museum with a limited focus (the history of the London docklands) but which does an incredible job of presenting it's subject in an engaging way. Beautifully designed galleries and thoughtful presentation of objects. Sailortown is particularly fun. Staff are friendly and knowledgable.
  • This is possibly one of the most underestimated museums in London. Docklands area has its own history and the museum shows it from the very beginning till modern times. And it's absolutely free! As a bonus, they possibly have the best carrot cake in their cafeteria
  • Interesting museum about the history of London harbor. Learned things I never knew before. I also liked they don't hide the bad parts of the history but tell the part of London in the slave trade.