Cover image: Head of Mithras AD 180-220 Roman gallery, Museum of London

Museum of London “Helps visitors get under London’s skin”
Lonely Planet London

Museum of London Docklands “Makes a visit to the area well worth the effort”
The Rough Guide to London

“An essential stop for understanding how the City developed”
Insight Guides London

“Museum of London is one of the capital’s best museums”
Lonely Planet London City Guide

“Displays…as well as interactive exhibits make for a fascinating experience”
Michelin Guide to London

“The real strength of the museum lies in the excellent temporary exhibitions, gallery tours, lectures, walks and videos”
The Rough Guide to London

“Set in a beautiful brick warehouse, which once held spices, rum and cotton... tells the 2,000year tale of London as a place of trade”
DK Real City: London

“Comprehensively and entertainingly tells the history of London”
Michelin Guide to London

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here with over 450,000 years of history across two unique venues

With two venues Museum of London is one of the world’s largest urban history museums, dedicated to recording and preserving the legacy of the capital from 450,000 BC to the present day.

Extensive collections reveal the changing nature of London’s history, which makes the Museum the perfect place to start your visit to London. Museum of London operates two museums – one in the City just by St Paul’s Cathedral and another in Docklands, near the modern business district of Canary Wharf. Together they offer a detailed record of London’s history that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.
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Choose to visit both museums and you can explore prehistoric London, when lions and bears roamed Trafalgar Square, encounter Roman sculptures from an ancient temple or gaze upon beautiful jewellery from a time when London was racked by famine, fire and disease. Or you can uncover stories about the city’s involvement with the slave trade or learn how postWorld War II Docklands was transformed into the famous skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

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1 The skull of an extinct auroch (wild ox) found in Ilford, 245,000–186,000 BC. 2 This marble head of Mithras once stood in a Roman temple in the city, carved around AD 180–220. 3 These stunning late 15th century altar paintings are believed to have come from a chapel at Westminster Abbey. 4 This dazzling 1400 year old gold and garnet brooch was found in a grave in Covent Garden. 5 The Great Fire Experience is the Museum’s oldest model and has been revamped for the 21st century.

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MUSEUM OF LONDON

Step inside Museum of London and you will find historic objects which tell the story of the capital’s turbulent past. The Museum overlooks the remains of the city wall, which dates to the time of the Roman Empire, in the oldest part of London known as the City, now the financial area. Here you can discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Roman rule, wonder at the grandeur of medieval London and explore the effects of civil war, plague and fire on the capital. On 28 May our spectacular new £20 million Galleries of Modern London will open, telling the story of London and its people from 1666 to the present day. Three years in the making, five new galleries show how the vibrant and unflagging energy of Londoners has shaped this global city. 7,000 objects and show-stopping interactives transport you through the capital’s tumultuous history. Find out more at www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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6 Marvel at the truly magnificent Lord Mayor’s State Coach, built in 1757, in its new glass-fronted gallery overlooking London Wall. 7 Admire the exquisite Fanshawe dress made from local Spitalfields silk weaved by French Huguenots and worn by Ann Fanshawe when her father was Lord Mayor of London in 1752–53. 8 Stroll through our beautifully recreated 18th century Pleasure Gardens, full of period costumes and specially commissioned masks and hats by Philip Treacy. 9 Enjoy a little window shopping along the streets of our Victorian Walk and stop in at the local pub. 10 Travel back to sixties London where Carnaby Street was a centre for sharply-dressed mods and the capital’s roads were filled with Vespa scooters.

Planning your visit
Admission FREE The Museum operates on a system of voluntary donations. Open daily 10am – 6pm. Closed 24-26 December. The benugo cafe offers a range of deli lunches, tea, coffee and handmade cakes. From May visit our new London Wall Bar & Kitchen and sample our menu of British classics. The Museum’s shop sells a wide variety of London souvenirs, gifts and books. The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users and the new galleries include induction loops, Braille panels, touch objects and audio guides for the visually impaired. Call 020 7001 9844 or visit our website to find out more. Museum of London is situated in the City in the centre of London. It is just 5 minutes walk from St Paul’s Cathedral and only 20 minutes from the Tower of London and Tate Modern. Barbican, St Paul’s, Moorgate Liverpool Street, City Thameslink 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 172, 242, 521
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1 Roman amphora used to import fish sauce to London, around AD 100. 2 Casts of Yoruba sculptures, about AD 1100–1400. 3 A model of London Bridge as it once was in the 1400s.

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MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS
West India Quay, Canary Wharf
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From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, this 200 year old warehouse reveals the long history of London as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. Here you can find all sorts of objects from whale bones to World War II gas masks, and galleries including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th century riverside London; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the part the capital played in the transatlantic slave trade. With ancient finds, unusual objects, fascinating tours and walks, as well as an extensive archive and library, Museum of London Docklands is one of the capital’s hidden gems and, together with Museum of London, will complete your introduction to the city. Find out more at www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands

Whale jaw bones from the late 1700s found in the Thames. 5 Corpses of executed pirates and felons were hung in this 18th century gibbet cage.

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6 You can venture into the mysterious alleyways of 19th century Sailortown. 7 Stevedore’s banner made to celebrate the success of the 1889 Dock Strike.

Planning your visit
Admission FREE The Museum operates on a system of voluntary donations. Open daily 10am – 6pm. Closed 24-26 December. You can enjoy a drink, freshly made cakes, or full meal in 1802, our fully licensed cafe, bar and restaurant. The Museum’s shop sells an extensive range of souvenirs and gifts from postcards, posters and prints, to books, toys and audio-visual material. The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please call 020 7001 9844 or visit our website to find out about the services and facilities we provide that may help you during your visit. Museum of London Docklands is located just a short walk from Canary Wharf and only 20 minutes from The O2 and Maritime Greenwich. West India Quay
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8 This consol shelter protected wardens and policemen working on the Docks during World War II air raids.

9 This section of a column from the Docks bears witness to the intense heat of fires caused by bombings during World War II. 10 A model of modern-day Canary Wharf

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