Plan a school visit to the Museum of London Docklands

Everything you need to know to plan a brilliant school visit to our historic warehouse, nestled beneath the gleaming skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

Why visit us?

Our atmospheric 200-year old warehouse, in the heart of the historic docklands, tells the story of London as a port from earliest docks to transformative regeneration. Educational soft play for little ones, a thought-provoking slavery gallery and our immersive walk-through recreation of old Wapping streets (including sounds and smells!) will help you to cover topics from Geography to literacy, STEM to History.

Primary pupils stand in front of a display about slavery on a visit to the  Museum of London Docklands

London, Sugar & Slavery gallery

Primary pupils stand in front of a display about London's historic links to slavery.

Don't miss out on...

  • The building itself, an original Georgian warehouse used to house imports from the West Indies and now dwarfed by the glass and steel of the surrounding skyscrapers
  • London's only permanent gallery examining the city's links to the transatlantic slave trade
  • Sailortown, a network of atmospheric recreated streets complete with the smells and sounds of Victorian Wapping!
  • Our Mudlarks children's gallery, a soft play space encouraging fun and hands-on learning about London’s docklands’ past for Foundation stage and key stage 1
  • An experience that works perfectly for you - a self-directed visit where you set the agenda, or a facilitated session delivered by our skilled facilitators.

Logistics

The schools' drop-off area is on Hertsmere Road. Find more detail about our location on this page.

When you arrive, you'll be met by a friendly member of our team who can show you to cloakrooms, toilets and galleries and get you ready to explore!

Access

The museum is fully accessible, and wheelchairs and powered scooters can be borrowed for free. Just call ahead.

Travel and visit cost support

Don’t forget, London schools can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund to (external link) help with visit costs up to £300, such as travel or teaching cover expenses, or make use of the Transport for London School Party Travel Scheme (external link) for free school travel.

Visit supervision

Accompanying staff are responsible for their group’s behaviour, and we ask groups to split into smaller units when exploring the museum and shop. Don’t forget to bring along your clipboards, pencils and resources, and ensure your group meets our required ratios:

  • Foundation stage - 1:3
  • Key stage 1 - 1:6
  • Key stage 2 - 1:6
  • Key stage 3 - 1:10
  • Key stage 4 - 1:10
  • Post-16 AS/A2 - 1:15
  • SEND - 1:5
Feel free to capture your schools' experience during your visit.

Happy snapping!

Feel free to capture your school's experience during their visit.

Photography

Feel free to take photos without flash or tripod and reuse for educational purposes.

Lunch space

Please request a 30 minute slot when booking your visit. No food in the galleries, please.

Teacher planning visits

Teachers can visit the museum and exhibitions first for a totally free planning visit; just call ahead.