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. An interactive children’s space, 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.
Don't miss out on...
- The building itself, an original Georgian warehouse used to house imports from the West Indies and now surrounded by glass and steel skyscrapers, explored in the No.1 Warehouse gallery
- 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, an interactive space encouraging fun 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.
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!
You can see pictures and descriptions of our galleries and other spaces right now by downloading our visual story (PDF 1.3mb).
Travel and visit cost support
Don’t forget, London schools can apply to the Culture Mile 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.
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 - 1:15
- Post-16 AS/A2 - 1:15
- SEND - 1:5
Feel free to take photos without flash or tripod and reuse for educational purposes.
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.