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The Museum of London Docklands (formerly known as Museum in Docklands) is a museum on the Isle of Dogsmarker, East Londonmarker that tells the history of Londonmarker's River Thames and Docklandsmarker. The museum is part of the Museum of London Group which is jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority.

The museum opened in 2003 in a group of grade I listed early 19th century Georgian "low" sugar warehouses built in 1802 on the side of West India Docksmarker on the Isle of Dogs, a short walk from the Canary Wharfmarker development.

The nucleus of the collection is the museum and archives of the Port of London Authoritymarker. These became part of the port and river collections of the Museum of Londonmarker in 1976, but largely remained in storage until the new museum was opened.

The museum uses the latest presentational techniques including videos presented by Tony Robinson, known for his involvement with Time Team. There is a large collection of historical artefacts, models, and pictures. It is a substantial museum with 12 galleries and a children's gallery (Mudlarks), arranged over two of its floors. Visitors are directed through the displays in chronological order. The periods covered range from the first port of London in Roman times to the closure of the central London docks in the 1970s and the subsequent transformation of the area with new commercial and residential developments.

Museum of London Docklands includes a lecture theatre and meeting rooms and there are often talks and events connected with the docks. Several dock workers who worked on the docks in the sixties take part in these events, including one from the Pentonville Five. There is also a reading room and the Sainsburys Study Centre where the public are welcome to consult the archives; a restaurant and shop.

Admission is £5 for adults or £3 concs (over 60s, unwaged) and the ticket lasts for one year from the date of issue. Free entry for under 16s, NUS and disabled carers.

The Museum of London Docklands at night

Floor Directory

floor 3 floor 2 floor 1
Access from floor 2 only
Ground floor Basement floor
Wilberforce Theatre
Quayside Room Function Suite
Thames Highway AD 43-1600
Trade Expansion 1600-1800
Legal Quay 1790s
London Sugar & Slavery 1600 onwards

City and River 1800-1840
Sailortown 1840-1850
First Port of Empire 1840-1880
Warehouse of the World 1880-1939
Docklands at War 1938-1945
New Port, New City 1945 onwards

Thames Gallery 1930-1940
Sainsbury Study Centre
Mudlarks For the Under 12s
Special Exhibitions
1802 Café
1802 Bar Lounge & Dining

Schools and Coach Parties Entrance
Lee Boo Room Refectory and Weekend Picnic Room
Jack Petchey Classroom
Lansbury Classroom
Pocahontas Classroom

Museum recommends visitors to start their visit from floor 3

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