Museum of London Docklands for tourists
From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, this 200 year old warehouse reveals the long history of London as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce.
Here you can find all sorts of objects from whale bones to World War II gas masks, and galleries including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th century riverside London; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the part the capital played in the transatlantic slave trade.
With ancient finds, unusual objects, fascinating tours and walks, as well as an extensive archive and library, the Museum of London Docklands is one of the capital’s hidden gems and, together with Museum of London, will complete your introduction to the city.
Top 10 things to see
A visit to the Museum of London Docklands would not be complete without seeing these highlights:
A Roman amphora used to import fish sauce to London, around AD 100
Casts of Yoruba sculptures, about AD 1100–1400
A model of London Bridge as it once was in the 15th century
Jawbones from whales captured by London whale hunters in the 16th century
The mysterious alleyways of 19th century Sailortown
18th century gibbet cage used to hang the corpses of executed pirates
A consul shelter which protected wardens and policemen working on the Docks during World War II air raids
A section of a molten cast iron column from the Docks that bears witness to the intense heat of fires caused by bombings during World War II
A model of modern-day Canary Wharf
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