Museum of London Docklands - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Museum of London Docklands

Housed in an old warehouse, this deceptively large museum details the history of the London Docklands, and maritime trade in general.

Based over several floors, it wanders from issues of Britian's overseas trade during the age of sail, up to the modern regeneration of the docklands area as a modern office complex.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Museum of London Docklands,
No.1 Warehouse,
West India Dock Road,
London,
E14 4AL

Link to Museum of London Docklands's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place
A display exploring the central role food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.
Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place
10am to 5pm
Poplar
Ends on Sat 9th April 2022
2021-07-16
2022-04-09
London: Port City
This exhibition will trace more than 200 years of extraordinary experiences and intense activity on a river that has always been essential to the city’s survival.
London: Port City
10am to 5pm
Poplar
Ends on Sun 8th May 2022
2021-10-22
2022-05-08
 

Museum of London Docklands Map

 

Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Museum of London Docklands

The nearest station is West India Quay DLR which is 0.2 miles away.


Museum of London Docklands - Latest News

London Port City – 200 years of London’s docks in a new exhibition
London Port City – 200 years of London’s docks in a new exhibition

London was founded on the Thames nearly 2,000 years ago as it was an ideal location for sea trade, and it’s still the UK’s largest seaport which is now the topic of a free exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.

Museum of London reopening with extended exhibitions
Museum of London reopening with extended exhibitions

The two Museums, of London, and of London Docklands have both confirmed they will reopen from 19th May, and are extending exhibitions that were to have closed during the lockdown.

The mystery and wonder of the Havering Hoard
The mystery and wonder of the Havering Hoard

Finishing up for the day at a small dig site on a Friday afternoon in the summer of 2018 a young archaeologist spotted something — and in doing so cancelled any weekend plans his colleagues had arranged.

Museums of London and Docklands to reopen next month
Museums of London and Docklands to reopen next month

The joint Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands has announced that they will be reopening their doors at both venues on Thursday 6th August.

Photos of London’s docks during WW2
Photos of London’s docks during WW2

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Museum of London Docklands has released some photos from its archive that show the devastating impact of WW2 on the area.

London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered
London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London, and the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC have been

Secret Rivers at the Docklands Museum
Secret Rivers at the Docklands Museum

Lost plastic toys, medieval toilets, swords, pots, modern relics, giant crosses, bones, skulls, and books galore — all highlight how the rivers of London have captured our imagination and preserved our history.

The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London
The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London

An exceptionally rare stone sarcophagus, discovered in Southwark just last year is the centerpiece to this new major exhibition about the dead of Roman London.

Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display
Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display

Last year, a rare discovery was made in Southwark, of a Roman sarcophagus — and later this year it is to go on public display as part of a new exhibition.

Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police
Exhibition shows off the history of the Thames River Police

There’s a new exhibition that seeks to show off the shared heritage between London’s river police as the development of policing in the West Indies.

The festive season comes to docklands Sailor Town
The festive season comes to docklands Sailor Town

There’s a corner of docklands that is forever nightime, where boats are mended, a pub serves no one, and shops sell nothing – and now it’s festive time.

From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

A collection of some of the finest finds from the Crossrail archeology project have gone on display in a new exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Largest ever Crossrail archeology exhibition to open
Largest ever Crossrail archeology exhibition to open

The largest display of archeology from the Crossrail project is set to go on display in Docklands it has been announced today.

Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?
Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?

Narrow dark streets, dim corners, strange men from the far ends of the world, shops selling exotica, bedrooms offering erotica. Welcome to Sailortown,

Scale model of Docklands at its Industrial Height
Scale model of Docklands at its Industrial Height

In a dark corner of a museum can be found a large scale model of London’s docks when they were a maze of warehouses and light railways.

New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum
New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum

A rare survivor of London’s historic docks will be celebrated by a new gallery opening at the Museum of London Docklands in a couple of weeks time — the first part of a redevelopment of the Museum’s galleries.

Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes
Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

A hundred years ago, a short stocky woman roamed the streets of London, carrying a huge wooden box and tripod, aiming to capture the world around her.

Museum Meals – Museum of London Docklands
Museum Meals – Museum of London Docklands

A fashion writer once told a distraught writer who couldn’t think of anything nice to say when he had been told to be praiseworthy, was that there is always a shoe. In essence, find one small thing that was good, and enlarge on it.

Estuary at the Docklands Museum
Estuary at the Docklands Museum

An exhibition has opened in a museum, that is being advertised by bright garish black on yellow posters around London. It’s an exhibition about a landscape that is usually devoid of bright garish colours.

 

Recent exhibitions

This small display at the Museum of London Docklands includes a varied collection of original keepsakes from the 1814 frost fair,
2014-01-28
2014-03-30
Am exhibition of rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks featuring London's bridges.
2014-06-27
2014-11-02
An exhibition about the UK’s first female press photographer, and her work in the 1910s.
2015-06-19
2015-11-01
This small display explores their service on the Western Front, in the Middle East and Italy.
2015-11-06
2016-05-07
A small display commemorating the voluntary service of young men from the Caribbean in the first World War.
2016-11-06
2016-11-13
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail has gone on display.
2017-02-10
2017-08-21

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