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Museum of London Docklands, London

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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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  • We were running late and figured we'd pop in 30 minutes before the exhibits closed. We hadn't expected the museum to be so large and in-depth. We basically ran through all the exhibits. It was lovely,...  more »
  • A really interesting museum that covers different periods of the London docklands. The exhibitions are really interesting and interactive, with mock streets such as 'Sailortown' to walk through. The c...  more »
  • This is a really good museum set over three floors. Clean and bright inside with good exhibitions and hands on stuff for the kids. It's a 7 min walk from the station and fairly well signposted. The ha...  more »
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  • Lots of interesting information. Museum is great 5 stars. Section on slave trade and lives of dockers particularly good. However it doubles as a daycare. Too many kids running around. We couldn't view 1 section because 15 mother's with babies were sitting in a circle chanting. It seemed sanctioned by staff as they made a lot of noise for a longtime (at least 20 minutes). After checking back twice we gave up on seeing that section. Very weird that they have this dual function.
  • One of the most underrated museums in London, in my opinion. The curation is excellent, and having the museum located actually inside the former warehouse gave it a new level of interactivity. The amount of information and exhibits were substantial but not overwhelming, and gave a new insight to the history of the docks and slave trade through London. I also found the gift shop to be better than the one in the British Museum! Cannot recommend this museum enough, just make sure you give yourself enough time to see everything.
  • Fascinating & informative displays about the relationship between shipping, docks & the city. Well pitched - engaging for children as well as adults. Doesn't shy away from difficult subject matter (but possibly overly sensitive about some of the darker episodes in our history). Much more material than I anticipated and more compelling too. I'll be returning shortly.
  • A very interesting place that you could spend many hours in. Very well put together. Good flow and easy to follow and gain insights even if you have limited time. Interesting displays. Children would enjoy certain sections. Beautiful building. Many nice restaurants in the area as well as the one in the building.
  • Love this place for the Mudlarks Gallery - children's play area. We take my daughter there often. It is free (and therefore busy) but nonetheless a high quality play area. There is a dedicated soft play area for very young children and infants and some larger interactive activities. I highly recommend it as would the many, many parents who make visits just to take their children to the play area. Advice: book tickets the evening before via the website. You can turn up and get tickets at the session but only if there is space. Tickets are available from 19:00 the evening before. Additionally there are often special sessions for children – singing, story times etc – that require booking. These are usually very good also.