The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre.
The Museum of London Docklands is a museum on the Isle of Dogs, east London that tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands.
How did war artists from Henry Moore to Bill Brandt capture the Blitz?
Illustrated extracts from the diary of Elizabeth Chivers, tourist in Regency London.
East Enders choose a single object at the Museum of London Docklands that connects to their city story.
Inspired by the Great Fire of 1666, poet Sara Hirsch worked with visitors to the museum to create a new poem.
Explore the stories of the world's greatest city and uncover the hidden treasures of our collections.
We have a range of items that are popular that you may be interested in
From Doctors & Dissection to Christina Broom and from Sherlock Holmes to Crime Museum Uncovered, we have items you can buy associated with our past and present exhibitions
We have a range of books on offer telling the stories about London, from our own publications to those published by other significant historical figures
1600 – present
Meet the merchants, sailors & pirates who transformed the port of London
This gallery tells the story of how ships sailed from London to India and China and brought back cargoes of spices, tea and silk.
This gallery charts the rise of the port of London in the two hundred years leading up to the building of the modernised docks.
This cutaway model of an East Indiaman shows the ships that brought the riches of India to London. Play an interactive game & take the role of captain on a trading voyage.
This stone probably stood over the entrance to the East India Company shipyard at Blackwall. East Indiamen, trading ships that sailed from London to Asia, were built here until 1831.
This gun was used as a booby trap to guard warehouses in the Port of London. The gun would be mounted on a swivel, firing if a burglar stepped on a trip wire.
This display of whale bones and narwhal horns explores the whaling ships that operated from London from 1600-1800.
One section of the gallery recreates a late 18th century "Legal Quay", the crowded and chaotic waterfront area, where porters, custom officials and merchants rubbed shoulders.
This octant, designed by John Hadley, was a vital navigational aid during the age of sail. It was used to measure the altitude of the sun above the horizon at sea.
This lock was used by lightermen, who operated lighters on the river Thames. These flat-bottomed barges were vital to unload cargo from ships before the building of the docks.
This chain was used to secure executed pirates at Execution Dock. Crime was rife on the chaotic 18th century river Thames.
The bodies of executed pirates and other criminals would be publicly hung in gibbets like this one, as a warning against piracy and mutiny.
The gallery is open during the museum's normal hours:
The gallery is on the third floor and can be accessed by lift.
Our knowledgeable staff run free tours of gallery highlights daily
Plan your visit
The museum holds extensive records and objects from London's docks
Explore the collections
Our children's gallery is perfect for under-8s.