The new museum coming in 2026 will be situated at the heart of the capital’s historic Smithfield area next to Farringdon.
Until then, the fun continues at our Docklands museum!
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Explore the dark alleyways of London’s Sailortown
An immersive display recreates the atmosphere of Sailortown. This ramshackle London district, close to the docks, centred around Wapping, Shadwell and Ratcliffe.
The winding streets of Sailortown were packed with everything a ship and its crew needed - from rope-makers and shipchandlers to lodging houses and brothels.
Sailortown evokes the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London. The twisting passages have many secrets and surprises to discover.
Long, dull sea voyages made sailors eager to buy reading material. Stationers would sell or trade books, newspapers, and prints of popular naval heroes and infamous pirates.
This seedy sailors' tavern echoes with the voices and music of its rough, hard-drinking customers.
Sailors from across the world came to London, bringing with them exotic souvenirs and animals. See how many rare creatures you can spot in the Animal Emporium.
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The gallery is on the second floor and can be accessed by lift. It has some uneven floors.
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