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Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands tells the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of Docklands. The museum is part of the Museum of London and opened in 2003 in an early-19th century Georgian “low” sugar warehouses built in 1802 on the side of West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs, a short walk from the Canary Wharf development. The building that houses the museum was originally called No.1 Warehouse and was built during the expansion of West India Docks.

The museum’s collection derives from the museum and archives of the Port of London Authority and it houses a large collection of historical artefacts, models, and pictures in 12 galleries arranged over two floors. The displays are chronological order and cover the periods from the first port on the Thames in Roman times to the closure of the central London docks in the 1970s and subsequent transformation of the area with commercial and residential developments.

Highlights of the Museum of London Docklands

  • London Wall
  • The Lord Mayor’s State Coach
  • West End Exhibits
  • Suffragettes
  • World War I and World War II Exhibits

Museum of London Docklands

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