The Museum of London Docklands gives you a unique opportunity to step back in time and see how London became a hub of international trade with an exciting series of permanent and temporary exhibitions right in the middle of London Docklands on West India Quay.
Situated in former warehouse in the heart of the Docklands, the museum oozes history and atmosphere, and tells a great story right through from the “Thames Highway” of AD43 to 1600 through to the end of empire era in the Twentieth century.
One of the most intriguing exhibitions is a 1:50 scale two sided replica model of the old London Bridge. Intriguingly, one side of the model features a view of the bridge in 1450. The other side gives a perspective of the bridge during the Tudor period, and offers a great insight into how the bridge has changed throughout the centuries.
There are also a variety of interactive options available throughout the day as well, with daily gallery tours and object handling sessions for those more hands-on curiosities. Alongside these tours there are also a series of classes, courses and events for all ages, including a full events calendar with activities as diverse as toddlers’ tea time, making a time capsule, and building a time machine! There are even walks that begin at the museum which take in various historical points of the Docklands, and again a schedule of these is published on the museum’s website.
The museum also features an interesting range of visiting exhibitions such as the famous Thames Frost Fair and a range of public art exhibitions, so even if you have visited beforehand it is well worth returning again and again.
Facilities-wise, the museum is home to a ground floor cafe serving a variety of coffees, hot and cold snacks and refreshments. There is also a restaurant resident in the building, the Rum and Sugar, which offers a tasty British menu based on fresh seasonal produce.
Tourist groups and other group visits are welcomed, as are children, schools and visitors with impairments. The museum has ample provisions for disabled access, and also offers a range of audio and visual aids, as well as facilities and support for ESOL learners and tutors to maximise their opportunities for enjoying the experience.
For those that cannot visit the museum in person, wish to follow up a line of interest that has evoked their attention during a visit, or simply to supplement a research project they are carrying out, there is also an online archive of a range of the museum’s collections including The London Archaeological Archive, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, and a range of publications and other resources. Coupled with this, the museum’s website also features a range of mobile apps to allow visitors to interact with the exhibits more than is sometimes possible in person, games, pocket histories and exhibition archives to complete the online experience.
All in all, a visit to The Museum of London Docklands is a great way to see London through the years in a delightful and unique setting.
Mon-Sun: 10am – 6pm
Galleries begin to close at 5.40pm
Closed: 24 to 26 Dec
• Ramp / lift access to all galleries and disabled parking
• Cafe and Restaurant
• Wheelchairs and mobility scooters for disabled
• Baby changing room and Baby feeding room
• Full audio and visual impaired resources