Museum of London Docklands

It is lovely when you show your friends a place you really like and then they in turn share it with their family.

Papa Joe and I took our friends to The Museum of London/Docklands which is housed in an old sugar warehouse at West India Quay. Our friends enjoyed their visit so much that they brought their two granddaughters to the museum a few weeks later. The girls loved the journey on the Docklands Light Railway and when they got to the museum they had a great time.

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Where: Museum of London Docklands at 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL
Admission: Entry is free although there may be a charge for special exhibitions. If visiting The Mudlarks Gallery get a free timed ticket when you arrive
 Website: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands

A few weeks later we took two of our mayhems to the museum. They enjoyed wandering along the dock looking at the boats moored along side the museum.

museum of london docklands exterior 2Once inside we got our free timed entry tickets for The Mudlarks Gallery and then explored the rest of the museum while we were waiting to go in. We took the lift up to the top floor and then wandered down through time! The Mayhems enjoyed trying out the interactive activities.  The museum is part of The Museum Of London and tells the story of London’s trading history and how the docks developed.

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Sniff the holes in the box lid. Have you guessed the contents? Just some of the items shipped into the docks.

We then wandered through Sailortown, an atmospheric reconstruction of  the typical Victorian streets surrounding the docks

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Fascinating peering into the shop selling wild animals

When it was the correct time we went to the Mudlarks Gallery, which is a specially designed interactive play area for families. Check the website for the opening hours to avoid disappointment  – during term time it is only open to the public in the afternoon.

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I wonder who is diving into the docks?

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Papa Joe and Daisy decided to do some building while Sky and I had fun loading boats and moving them around the docksmuseum of london docklands 6The museum runs special activities for the under 5s such as music and craft sessions. You can also under 5s Explorer Bags which are filled with activities to take around with you.

If you are coming without Mayhems in tow then check to see if there are any free gallery tours or interesting events  We have been given a fascinating tour of the Docklands in The Blitz gallery


Getting There 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL
  see map  or  get directions       Public Transport  TFL Journey Planner  or  National Rail

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  1. Brenda R

    A great museum. You should also visit the main Museum of London in the Barbican

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