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Museum of London Docklands, London

(4.4/5 based on 750+ 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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  • We had an enjoyable day at this museum. We were there for 4 hours. This museum at West India Quay tells the history of the the london docklands from the heydays when the docks were fully functional , ...  more »
  • This was somewhere I had been meaning to visit for a while as I had heard good things about it, however it exceeded all our expectations! We went first to 'Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail' which ...  more »
  • Feels like a bit of a hidden gem. Has a nice local feel inspite of being in the soul-less docklands area. Excellent section on slavery and the history of the dock in the permanent collection. My niece...  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.