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A welcoming warehouse
We're housed in a wonderful old warehouse building right on the docks and an easy walk from lots of transport options. When the weather's good, enjoy your picnic on the waterfront, or snuggle into our family-friendly cafe with books, colouring and special lunchtime deals for little ones.
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Wind your way through the dark streets of dockside Victorian London in our recreated Sailortown. Peep into the Animal Emporium and chandlers’ shops and pop into the Three Mariners pub for a tipple! But hold your nose and listen out: these streets have smells and sounds as well as sights…
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Things to do during your visit
Yes or no?
Choose a favourite object and see if others can guess it by asking only questions answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Study a single case of objects during your visit, and then turn around and see how many objects within it you can name.
Peep at the end to see what you forgot!
Everyone chooses a colour or material (remember that modern materials like plastic haven’t been around long!). Search galleries for objects the same colour or material.
Younger children might like to look for shapes as well as colours.
Under 5s explorers
Unfortunately these backpacks are temporarily unavailable.
Become a museum explorer with one of our under 5s backpacks filled with games, toys and puzzles to help you delve into our galleries. Pick one up for free from the front desk when you arrive (£5 refundable deposit).
Unfortunately these mats are temporarily unavailable.
Explore the museum galleries with your baby and play with a range of colourful, noisy and sensory items together. Pick one up for free from the front desk when you arrive (£10 refundable deposit).
Unfortunately these activities are temporarily unavailable.
Set sail on an adventure through our galleries. Tell stories of travelling the seven seas, test your skills as a sailor and discover treasures from all around the world with our free adventure bags! Suitable for ages 7+ - just ask at our front desk on arrival (£5 refundable deposit).
Lockers will not be in use until further notice
Cafe and restaurants
Our café will relocate to our restaurant Rum & Sugar, which can be found to the side of the museum. This space will be open from 11.30am-3pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-5.30pm Saturday and Sunday, where you will be able to purchase coffee, a selection of beverages and a limited cafe menu offer
The indoor lunch spaces at the Museum of London Docklands will remain closed, but there will be seating outside where you can enjoy your own food
We have baby-changing facilities to help keep all our visitors happy, even the littlest!
The museum is fully accessible to our buggy and wheelchair users
Mudlarks interactive gallery
This gallery will remain closed until further notice