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Imperial War Museum

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Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
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IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the...

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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This is an excellent museum with a large range of exhibits. The exhibit on the Holocaust was excellent, far superior to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC

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Sauchie, United Kingdom
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This is an excellent museum with a large range of exhibits. The exhibit on the Holocaust was excellent, far superior to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Always wanted to visit this musuem - made 2 trips so far! Came away each time totally awe struck by the history, details of exhibits & informations...it also leaves you with the horrors of wars and sadness of lives lost. Only managed to see the First & Second World wars...more visits in the near future.

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I have never had an urge to visit the War Museum but was in the area with some time to kill so thought I would have a look. What a wonderful place and I am so glad I went. Everything was well explained and exhibited and there was so much to see that I will have to revisit and spend... More 

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THE museum for military history buffs. Before you die... SEE this museum and go again. It just gets better and bigger.

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I must confess im not a lover of museums and my War knowledge is very poor which is why my boyfriend suggested the day out. I was SO impressed with the place and i learnt so much, the different approaches that displayed the information was superb, interactive, informative, visuals. The trenches area was so chilling such a great way to... More 

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I remember going to the IWM when I was at school over 25 years ago and the place has clearly changed a great deal. Rather than a load of stuff packed into a small place, it is well organized and spaced out allowing you to focus. There are a number of floors with different themes and we only managed to... More 

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We really enjoyed this museum - and the way the displays were presented - the tracing a real family in London during WW2 was great

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The Museum covers the main conflicts in which the UK has been engaged from WWI. Naturally, a bigger emphasis is put on WWI and WWII with stunning documents and reproductions. You also have a great section dedicated exclusively to the Holocaust with a greatly detailed model of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Finally, you will also find something related to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great museum with lots of interesting exhibits to see. We spent all afternoon there and went to the special exhibit on war films. There were talks throughout the day that you could listen to. The museum was free to enter and is worth the walk from Westminster if you're in that area.

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Excellent museum, with an (obvious) emphasis on British involvement in the wars. Allow 2-3 hours at minimum to fully appreciate all exhibits.

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