Public executions were a major part of Londoners’ lives for centuries. From Smithfield to Southwark and Banqueting House to Newgate Prison, executions became embedded in London’s landscape from the 12th century right through to the 19th century. Even today, hints of this uncomfortable past can still be seen across the capital.

The Museum of London is bringing the rarely told and often tragic human stories behind these events together in a new exhibition. Executions will showcase a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections, including the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I when he was executed, a recreation of the Tyburn gallows with an immersive projection, last letters of the condemned, and much more. Many of the items going on display have rarely been seen in public.

Visitors are advised that there are human remains on display in this exhibition, and content which may not be suitable for younger children. The recommended age is 12+. Children under the age of 12 are welcome in the exhibition at the discretion of their parents/carers.

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Museum of London Docklands

No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, Greater London, E14 4AL

020 7001 9844


Opening times

Daily 10am-5pm

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Please note that we will need to start clearing the galleries 20 minutes before closing time.

The safety measures n place include the option to book a free ticket in advance to manage capacity, and free-standing hand sanitiser stations at key touch points and entrances. Screens will remain in place at welcome desks, till points and food services, and there will be a continued enhanced cleaning regime throughout all our galleries.

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