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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the First World War to conflicts today. Mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme over 2016 and experience our ground-breaking First World War Galleries. Our IWM Contemporary art programme continues with work by protest photographer Edward Barber from 26 May - 4 September 2016 and works by artist Mahwish Chishty later in 2016. From 28 July 2016 artist-photographer Edmund Clark presents an exhibition exploring hidden experiences of state control, touching on issues of security, legality and ethics during the 'Global War on Terror'. Discover astonishing acts of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, delve into the world of espionage in Secret War and explore key moments of the Second World War in the award-winning Holocaust Exhibition. Find out how Britain's armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security in Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, until 13 November 2016.
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Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a wonderful museum if you’re interested in the wars. I found the Holocaust display most fascinating. Well worth mooching around in this one if you’re interested in the wars.

Thank Wayne S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I brought some friends here. It is a large museum but we only had 90 minutes so focused on the secret war gallery which dealt with MI5 / MI6 / SOE and the SAS. There was still enough time to wander around and dip in...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great experience. we could see how Britain suffered from wars and also the war tanks, weapons etc. Worth visiting!

Thank petiteluuc
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great spot if you wish to know about WW1 and the lead up to it. Would recommend to anyone who has kids or just interested in WW1 military

Thank Callum B
Reviewed 3 days ago

In my opinion, the IWM is a 'must-visit' when in London. The balance between interactive and informative displays is unparalleled.In particular the World War 1 section is sensational. I hadn't visited in 15 years and it was as good as I remembered, we flew around...More

Thank jahoran
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent war museum. We expecialy enjoyed the WW1 exhibits. The section related to the Holocost was also excellent. Definetly worht the visit if you enjoy history.

Thank TT927
Reviewed 5 days ago

Somewhat interesting museum, but inconsistent organization and entirety of the artifacts. Worth a visit for a person interested in war history. Free admission.

1  Thank Liamola
Reviewed 5 days ago

I would highly recommend the Imperial war museum. There are 5 floors, each covering a different topic about war. There was so much to see and do and every exhibition was so interesting. You could easily spend the whole day there. There was also a...More

Thank uktraveller23425
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited the IWM some time ago and recall that there were vast exhibits on WWl. Uniforms, weapons, artifacts, information.... on a par with the Smithsonian museums in the US. Dear IWM, What. On Earth. Happened. To You? A few "exciting to the children while...More

4  Thank melissamC7314HS
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I initially planned to waste an hour here before a flight. 4 hours later I was still there. Being a old RAF base, not only do you learn about local history, but how the British and American air force helped in WW1/2. Perfect for kids...More

1  Thank DanielCampion84
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27 October 2017|
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Response from Runrig1890 | Reviewed this property |
There is no admission , but there are donation boxes, so its your choice.
30 September 2017|
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Response from Martin H | Reviewed this property |
I can only add to the advice above, don't try parking in the area as London Traffic Wardens are very strict. Use Public Transport as the links to this part of London are excellent.
23 September 2017|
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Response from atlanticcity | Reviewed this property |
My wife, me and our 13 year old grandson liked it a lot. A seven year old neighbor went four times. Each to his/her own.