Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands situated in East London on the Isle of Dogs opened in 2003 and explores the history of River Thames, the growth of Docklands, stories of trade, migration and commerce. Discover fascinating objects from WWII gas masks, whale bones and Sailortown which is an atmospheric recreation of London in the 19th century. With many things to see and learn about, this museum is one of London's treasures for you and the family and is free of charge.
There's plenty to do at this Museum with your children. Some activities include games like 'Colour Hunt' where you choose a colour or material and then as you go around the gallery, you find objects that are the same colour or material. Another game to test your memory and see how much you have learnt is 'Remember, remember' where you study a single case of objects and at the end of the visit, you see how many objects you can remember.
There are free activity sheets for children over age 5 that you can print off at home and bring with you as well as adventurous trails for kids under age 5 to make their experience more fun.
Pick up an under 5's backpack from the front desk, filled with games and toys to keep the little ones occupied.
Relax at the Museum cafe and enjoy a great selection of lunches, fresh sandwiches, salads as well as cakes and hot or cold drinks. Open daily from 10am until 5.30pm.
The Rum & Sugar has a delicious Caribbean menu with a variety of flavoured foods. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am and closing times vary.
There are designated wheelchair accessible public toilets.
The address of the Museum is: West India Quay, London, E14 4AL. To contact the museum, call 020 7001 9844. There's a public car park available within 200m of the main entrance.
Tube: Canary Wharf Station
Railway: Canary Wharf Crossrail Station -Docklands Light Railway - Westferry - Heron Quays and Poplar
Buses: 15, 115, 135, 277