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    From Rags to Riches.

    by HackneyBird Updated Jan 9, 2014

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    The Museum of London is the largest urban history museum in the world and opened in 1976.

    It's galleries tell the story of London and the story of the everyday lives of Londoner's from pre-historic times to the present day.

    It's exhibits include archaeological finds, photographs, shop fronts, archive film, video and oral history recordings, pearly king and queen costumes, in fact, there are so many thing of interest that it is impossible to list them all here.

    Must sees include a Roman kitchen and dining room furnished with original objects, statues from the Temple of Mithras, doors from Newgate gaol, a collection of Victorian shop-fronts, the early 17th century Cheapside hoard of jewellery and the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach.

    The museum has a reserve collection of over two million items including costumes and historic photographs.

    Entrance is free, although there is a fee for any special exhibitions.

    Opening times: Mon - Sun 10 am - 6 pm. Closed 24 - 26 December.

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    by Dabs Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    I think this is one of the most overlooked museums in London. If you are interested in the history of London, this is the place for you. I try to stop for a bit on every trip I make to London although I never budget enough time to get through the whole thing. They start closing the galleries about 20 minutes before closing and they are quite proficient at getting you out on time.

    If you haven't been here for awhile, it's worth another stop, they have expanded the collection which now runs from London's beginnings and it's Roman past through current time, it used to stop in the early 1900s. There are a couple of sections I don't remember from previous visits including a recreated Victorian street and a pleasure garden. Budget a couple of hours for a proper visit, I always shoot straight through the Roman times to get to the later periods.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.50pm
    Sunday 12.00 noon to 5.50pm
    Last admission 5.30pm

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    Museum of London Docklands.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 27, 2013

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    The Museum of London Docklands is a part of the Museum of London - but it is located on the Isle of Dogs by Canary Wharf. The Museum of London Docklands, which opened in 2003, focuses on the river Thames and the history of the Docklands.

    The museum is on 3 floors and I started on the top floor. There were models of the old London Bridge from the 1600s, when there were houses and shops on the bridge. And the development of the bridge could be found in other parts of the museum, a really interesting history it has.

    There were also some whale jaw bones on this floor dating back to the 1700s - found in the river Thames. I also saw a gibbet cage, which was used for pirates and some criminals in the 1700s.

    Here was a section on the museum dedicated to the dreadful story of London sugar and slavery from 1600s etc. It was a difficult part to walk through and read up on, the cruelty of the slavery was horrid. I was in tears while walking through here. I don´t want to add any photos of the slavery to my tip, so I add a photo of the Thomas Fowell Buxton´s table. Thomas Fowell Buxton was a Member of the Parliament and thanks to him the Bill for the Abolition of Slavery was accepted in the House of Commons. And gradually slavery was abolished.

    On the 2nd floor was the Sailortown (1840-1850) dark alleyways of stores and pubs, it was almost too real and kind of scary being there alone.

    Here was also depicted the story of the Dock Strike, and WW II - there was a consol shelter, which one could step into, not a good feeling, I say.

    Indeed a museum worth visiting, it was very informative and shed a light on the Docklands and Thames in olden times until modern times.

    Opening hours: every day from 10:00-18:00.

    Admission: free.

    Photos are allowed without flash.

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    Museum of London.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 27, 2013

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    The Museum of London is one of the must-see museums in London, if one is interested in the history of London. I am fascinated about it. At the museum one can learn about the 450.000 years of the history of London.

    There are sections on London before London, Roman London, Medieval London, War, Plague and Fire - and on Modern London.

    There are so many interesting things at the museum, f.ex. the Shepperton woman, who lived in ca 3640-3100 BC. She was found in the London region and is one of the oldest sceletons to be found here. Her face has been reconstructed (see my first photo) and her sceleton lies beside the reconstructed face.

    In Roman London one can see artefacts from the Temple of Mithras, which is in the middle of London, and archeological digging and research is taking place there right now (2013).

    I particularly liked the Victorian Walk and the shops there. There is just so much of interest here that one would need to pay several visits to the museum to be able to enjoy it to the fullest and take in the knowledge.

    The centrepiece at the museum is the more than 250 years old Lord Mayor´s Coach. It is still used every November.

    Opening hours: Every day of the week from 10:00-18:00.

    Admittance: free

    Photos are allowed without flash.

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    Amazing Museum of London's History

    by TexasDave Updated Jun 6, 2013

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    Dedicated to the history of what is now the city of London, this is a relatively small museum and is divided into time periods, starting with prehistoric, the Roman occupation, and down through the centuries.

    A few unexpected items: rhinoceros and hippopotamus bones, all kinds of treasures found only by dredging the Thames.

    Adjacent to the building itself are remnants of the London Wall

    Admission: Free

    Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm

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    Museum of London

    by zadunajska8 Written Feb 26, 2013
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    The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from pre-historic times (London before London) to the present day.

    The museum has a fairly wide ranging collection of exhibits (although quite a few are replicas of the real ones on display at the British Museum). The quality of the displays seems to vary without any relation to the quality of the available exhibits, in my humble opinion. Some parts of the museum are clear, understandable and informative whilst being engaging and imaginative (a success), other areas are unfortunately not so much of a success despite what someone clearly thought was a good idea. In particular the first two sections show this well. The "London before London" section is very well set out with a clear chronology and good explanations, the next section "Roman London" is a little confusing and treats the exhibits without what I would consider "due gravity". Here you will find captioning which does not really flow or help build a narrative and strangely placed iPhones and Starbucks coffee cups amongst the displays. Someone clearly thought this would be a good idea, but I beg to differ!

    Despite this slight disappointment, the museum is a good experience as there are a number of very interesting exhibits in each section. As you reach the end you will also meet the famous "Lord Mayor's Coach".

    It should also be remembered that the museum is free to get in and so many imperfections can be (and should be) forgiven!

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    THE STORY OF LONDON

    by davidjo Written Dec 18, 2012

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    The Museum of London is free and has the history of London going all the way back to prehistoric times, and it is specially designed that there is only one route through the galleries starting millenniums ago up to the present time. The museum focuses on archaeology and also has many interactive displays. Of particular interest are the galleries about the Civil War and the Great Fire of London. Recently it had £20, million redevelopment and it is quite easy to spend a half day here.

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    Excellent artefacts displayed excellently..

    by leics Updated Oct 4, 2012

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    ...and it's absolutely free!

    The Museum of London is a must-see, in my opinion. It's taken me far too long to get around to visiting and I am cross with myself about that.

    The displays really are excellent, taking you from deep prehistory right through to the 20th century. You'll see some fantastic finds as well, from a truly wonderful selection of prehistoric handaxes through Roman sculptures (even a complete Roman ladder!) and Medieval shoes (very pointy!) to Oliver Cromwell's death mask, a wonderful 1700s silk dress, a Victorian street right up to squatters in the London of the 1990s.

    I was hugely impressed by how the museum presents its history, and by how accessible all the displays are. The scale models for each period really help you to understand how the city has grown and changed over the centuries.

    For me, the highlight was the 2000-year-old Battersea shield, an Iron Age bronze shield which was found in the Thames (near Battersea, obviously). It is simply stunning in its beauty and intricate workmanship.

    So...if you want to understand London in its historical context do make sure you go to this museum. It really is worth a visit.

    Photography is allowed, there is a cafe and a rather good giftshop.

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    by spidermiss Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    I've finally got round to visiting the Museum of London after wanting to visit for a very long time. You can learn and discover how London changed over the centuries starting from the prehistoric era via Roman rule, the Medieval Times, The Civil War, The Plague and The Fire to the present day.

    I enjoyed exploring the Great Fire Experience with it's visual exhibitions and interactive displays alongside the recreated streets of Victorian London and the Galleries of Modern London.

    The museum overlooks the original city wall remains going back to the Roman Empire. The museum is situated in the oldest part of London, The City, and today is London's business and financial centre.

    I would highly recommend visiting this museum in order to get a deeper insight about London. The museum is free admission although donations are encouraged. The museum is opened daily from 10.00am-6.00pm.

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    The Cartoon Museum

    by Claudilla Written Jan 10, 2012

    If you want to see some classic comic characters this is the place to go. The Cartoon Museaum shows the best of British Cartoon and Comic Art.
    I think it is a gallery for adults and in particular people who are more interested in cartoons and comics however children will enjoy the young artist' s gallery, where you can draw your own masterpiece.. but they will ignore all the rest.!
    The shop and library have lots of interesting items and books for purchase.

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    All about London!

    by gordonilla Updated Dec 31, 2011
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    This is quite an interesting Museum, and like many others it has free admission. There is a good and fairly cheap costing guide book for the museum. The museum depicts the story of London and there are also visiting and temporary exhibitions.

    During 2011 and 2012 they gave space over to an exhibition entitled "Dickens and London"; they levied a charge for tickets. It was reasonable as exhibitions go, although it had much more of a focus on London rather than Dickens!

    There is an excellent bookshop and a decent cafe.

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    All of London's history under one roof!

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 23, 2011

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    Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of the city they are visiting should put this museum high on their “to do” list! It was one of my favourites as a child, and it has grown and improved so much since then so now I think it’s just about as good as a museum can get – and best of all, it’s free!

    The museum tells the story of London from its very earliest days in prehistoric times, through its first real development under the Romans, its growth during medieval times and on through the centuries to its role as the centre of the British Empire under Victoria. The 20th century galleries include fashion, popular culture (older visitors will remember the Swinging Sixties when London was the capital of cool!), immigration, the war years and much more.

    One must-see exhibit is the diorama of the Great Fire – very effective. Another is the Lord Mayor’s stage coach, still used at the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade each November. But whatever your interest, I’m sure you’ll find something to interest you here.

    When you’re tired and in need of refreshments, there are a couple of options. We recently had a very good coffee and cakes in the attractive Sackler Hall Café on the lower floor (modern galleries section), and there’s also a café on the floor above, near the main entrance. If you prefer to bring your own lunch there’s a space set aside for eating and drinking, which is especially popular with organised school groups – you have been warned!

    The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (apart from 24th-26th December). And as I said, it’s totally free – though some special exhibitions may be charged for.

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    Museum of London Docklands

    by spidermiss Updated Oct 10, 2011
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    The Museum is situated near Canary Wharf in South East London. I spent two to two and a half hours looking around and learning about London Docklands' history from the Roman Settlement to the regeneration of the docklands today. I particularly enjoyed the London Sugar and Slavery exhibition and uncovered more about London's involvement in the slave trade. As well as the slave trade, there are key exhibitions such as the 'First Port of Empire 1840-1880', 'Warehouse of the World 1880-1939' and 'Docklands at War 1938-1945'. If it wasn't for the very hot weather on the day I went I would have spent longer and gave the musuem the justice it deserved. This warrants me to do another visit in the not too distant future.

    The museum is free of charge but encourages voluntary donations. There is an education centre, cafe and Rum and Sugar Restaurant.

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    Docklands Branch of the Museum

    by gordonilla Written May 8, 2011
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    This is a part of the Museum of London probably missed by many visitors to London. The Museum of London Docklands is free and open all year apart from the 24, 25 and 26 December. Admission is free.

    This museum looks at the period from roman Settlement through to modern regeneration. the museum is pslit over the 4 floors of the building and well worth visiting.

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    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want an easy way to get a survey of the history of London, this museum provides it. It is organized chronologically and has sections called: London before London, Roman London and Medieval London. There is a large special exhibit on the Great Fire with interactive displays, excellent graphics and the stories of some of the actual survivors. It has designed itself on the idea of a modern museum with lots of visuals and audiovisuals which make it enjoyable for young people as well as a large number of artefacts, diagrams, pictures and models.

    One of the things I found most interesting is not even in the museum but is viewed through a window in the museum. It is a section of the old city wall which I think is not Roman but probably medieval. You get an elevated view of it from the museum which is a great perspective.

    The museum's location is in a circular street with several entrances including a wheelchair accessible one - just check the map on their website.

    Admission is free and it is open daily, Mon-Sat 10am-5:50pm, Sun 12pm-5:50pm with some evening openings at least monthly as well.

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