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    by Mariajoy Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    Built in 1976, this museum is free (some exhibitions have to be paid for ) and gives the entire history and prehistory of London. It is fascinating - but it is easy to get lost in here (at least... it was easy for ME to get lost in here... maybe that's just me :))

    The Roman exhibition is amazing - there are coffins preserved in mud of the Thames and now on display... all kinds of artefacts, tools and pots etc, all beautifully and creatively displayed.

    It is built right next to the London Wall (Roman wall built around the City of London see off the beaten path tip) and there is an angled window on Level 1 where you can see the remains of the wall without actually having to go outside into the freezing March winds to look at it.

    Anyway, there's a cafe (you DO have to go outside to get to it) where you can get tea and a piece of cake or sandwich for just under 5 pounds. It's a rip off. But that's London. Expect to pay those kind of prices then you won't be surprised. I had an egg sandwich and tea for 3.75 GBP.

    The museum has a fab website and you can find loads more info there.

    Definitely well worth a visit and there's loads more to see and do while you are in the area.

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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 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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    The whole story (almost).

    by planxty Written May 28, 2005

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    Museum of London, London Wall.

    This tip is about the museum of London on the historic street (now redeveloped) of London Wall, which was, as the name suggests, the site of the old Roman wall.

    It traces the story of London from prehistory until just before the First World War. There are many "dioramas" set up, including a roman shooping street, and a similar street from Victorian times, complete with a mock-up pub.

    The centrepiece of the Museum is the Lord Mayor's coach, a truly magnificent vehicle which only leaves for the Lord Mayor's Annual Show and coronations.

    Currently, the medieaval exhibition is closed for renovation (until Autumn 2005) but, even allowing for this absence, you could easily spend a full day there.

    Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of £2 / $2US or €2, well worth it.

    There are also periodic exhibitions at extra cost, although if you have an annual ticket for Museum in Docklands (see seperate tip) they are free.

    As an additional attraction, there is currently a sculptor in residence who you can talk to and watch working. Altogether, a great day out.

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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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    Museum of London

    by tvor Written Mar 13, 2004

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    This museum traces the history and evolution of the city of London, from pre-Roman days to the present. I've been there twice and i will return again. I find the exhibits well presented, easy to understand and really interesting.

    There are artifacts, dioramas, reproductions and multi media all of which present London in an easily understandible format. Even the main galleries are decorated and formatted to give the feeling of the era. There has been a lot of renovations over the last few years and the result is spectacular.

    There is no charge for the permanent galleries and a changing amount for special exhibitions. It's easily my favourite museum in London.

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    Museum of London

    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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    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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    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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    Museum of London...

    by BluBluBlu Written Jul 29, 2006

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    This museum charts the history of London from prehistoric times, and is very well laid out, with various exhibitions through the ages, and with some fascinating artifacts. Even being London born and bred theres a lot of things of interest!

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    The Museum of London

    by Jim_edmonds177 Written Dec 23, 2007

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    "Every Single Day and Every Single Night
    As the birds make it Bright
    We pass and get down
    By the Museum of London"

    I won't forget that, hehe, that's what the good ol' lady on the side was singing, attracting us towards this fine Museum. This place is open everyday until around 5:30pm, do check the website however as scheduals may change, I have provided the link below. You know I could not have agreed more with Liza, since the museum is free what do you have to lose, so much see and explore about the history of this amazing city, you must check it out if you've made it here!!

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    Museum of London

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 25, 2010

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    The museum covers all of London's history from as early as 450,000BC to World War 2. The exhibits and models are quite good but rather perfunctory - this would class as one of those museums the kids would be asking to leave early. That is for now................on May 28, 2010 new galleries will open in the museum and tell the story of London from 1666 to the present day - this promises to be a big new development and I will revisit.

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    Museum of London

    by cruisingbug Updated Feb 14, 2005

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    Roman ruins at Museum of London

    The Museum of London gives visitors an overview of London city history, from its ancient Roman roots to the Great Fire of London (don't miss the Great Fire "theatre") to more recent historia. One could easily (and we did) spend hours wandering through the interesting exhibits.

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    See the delights at the Museum of London

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 11, 2003

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    The Lord mayor's Coach

    The Museum of London is a great place, with constatnly changing delights as London is excavated during the building of the new City. This photo is part of something not excavated, the Lord Mayor's coach. It is taken out for the new Lord mayor to use upon his inauguration on the second Sunday in November. This the Lord Mayor's Show - a great set piece!

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    See the Roman Pump

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 11, 2003

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    British Plumbing!

    This is not modern British plumbing but a copy of a Roman pump. When they were excavating they found remnants of the original pump. The original was in Gresham Street. The copy is demonstrated. There is also a suggestion that the spring still exists!

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