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Imperial War Museum

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Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7416 5000
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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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I had never been to this museum and found it a very interesting compact show of exhibits. I went for the Reel to Reel special exhibition of war movies, which I found very good and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had never been to this museum and found it a very interesting compact show of exhibits. I went for the Reel to Reel special exhibition of war movies, which I found very good and exhibited in a very clever way to keep my interest. The rest of the museum is also well worth a visit.

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Spent. Agood few hours here and good priced shop for all to use. Lots to see looks small when you first walk in but sooooo much to see. Fab well done all

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A 20 minute walk from our Hotel on Southwark street and well worth the visit. We thought we would be there for a couple of hours, but it was so interesting and informative that we were there for over four hours ! The cafe serves wonderful coffee and a very varied and tasty selection of cakes and buns. All the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing place. Great exhibits. Allow a good day as its over 5 exhibits with each one taking about 2 hours if you want to have a really good look, read the info and listen to the videos in the seating areas. Cafe on site was disappointing though as hot food was served cold - plenty of cakes and great tea!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited on Fri 2.12.16 for the 1st time. I went on the pretext of I 'should' visit but it was in actual fact an enjoyable experience although I did not visit the Holocaust section - too much for me. It is in another way all VERY sad but I left feeling glad I had been, sorry I'd not been before... More 

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Excellent collection of original equipment, vehicles, aircraft and many other memorabilia from over 100 years of history. Inspiring and poignant at times...

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We took in the museum and enjoyed the section on the Holocaust. Very interesting with all the exhibits and models, giving us a lot more information than we had previously known about. Enjoyed this area of the museum, we decided not to view other areas due to the amount of school groups on each floor. Enjoyable apart from the groups... More 

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Somewhere I always visit when in London, spent almost five hours again wandering about with a short coffee break in the middle. Biggest disappointment was the reel to reel exhibition, a tenner was a waste of money, small and empty feeling. No seats means if you want to listen to all the clips you have to stand crouched with short... More 

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I have visited the Imperial War Museum numerous times, partly because of its location close to Waterloo Station, partly out of personal interest in the First World War but mostly because it is a thoroughly interesting and unique museum. The museum handles sensitive subject matter with skill and tact. Exhibits and galleries are changed frequently enough to warrant trips back,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very interesting day out,lots to see and plenty of information to read about exhibits,talk on the V1 and V2 rockets was good,downside was the expensive cafe but museum entrance is free,only 5 mins walk from elephant and castle tube

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Sorry, but the visit I and a friend made at Christmastime was NOT good – have been chuntering about it ever since, but only now had time to register our experience. First, I should say that neither of us is so young: one cannot climb up many stairs at a time, the other cannot go either up or down, both walk quite slowly. Fortunately the comparatively shallow steps at the main entrance were possible for us both. But once inside there is nowhere to sit down. I was early, so therefore opted for a preliminary walk around. The full flight of stairs down to the lower level greets one almost as soon as inside the main hall. Once on the main concourse there I headed for the First World War exhibition, thinking to have a quick preliminary look before coming back later – not a good idea: it is very tight in its layout – people spending time reading detailed information obstruct the way of others wanting to move more quickly. No alternative routes or intermediate way of exiting, had to continue zig-zagging to the end (was running out of time). Then had to queue at the main enquiry desk (only one person manning it) to find out where the lifts were (not signed). They are right at the rear of the main hall. Once back up on the main entrance level, had to walk all the way round the side gallery and through a secondary shop area to return to the front entrance. Asked there if there was somewhere I could sit to wait for my friend; a helpful member of staff said he would fetch 'the' chair for me. He came back and said he was sorry, he couldn't find it. Just then I spotted my friend sitting near the entrance doors, on the said chair, ie, only one available chair (ordinary office or café type) . . . Then, since my friend could not do the flight of stairs down to the lower concourse, we had to work our way right round to the rear of the hall to reach the lifts; at least I now knew where they were – no signs of course. There are four lifts, set apart from one another (no seating while one waits for the next one), and then that dash to get to whichever comes first before its doors shut again. When we were leaving we commented to the pleasant young woman at the front door, who hoped we had enjoyed our visit, that the steps at the main columned entrance would defeat some people, and there was no sign there to say how anyone with mobility limitations could get access. She said there was a sign at the main entrance gate, directing people to a level entrance along the side (no covered way to same, no surprise there!). As it happened we both came via side gates where we didn't spot any such directions. We expressed our concern that that didn't equate with equality of access and bless her, she came out with that classic remark that annoys beyond measure: 'They can't do anything because it's a Listed building'. (So is Burlington House in Piccadilly, but the Royal Academy seem to have managed to effect ramped access). She kindly suggested we filled in a visitor feedback form if we wanted to comment; we thought that a good idea, until we learnt that one of us would have to go back down to the lower level enquiry desk to get hold of a copy. Signage is certainly an issue throughout the building – it was hard to find the café at the lower level – we laughed, saying it was probably good that it wasn't signed as it wouldn't be too busy (we were right). So much for stairs (many), seats (few), lifts (obscure), signage (meagre). Women with reduced visual acuity would be stumped by the use of unrelieved battleship grey in the ladies toilets – would struggle to work out which were the actual cubicle doors and how they opened. And the warren of those facilities must be alarmingly confusing for anyone with poor vision or the beginnings of dementia. I should like to think the facilities for men are better, but somehow doubt it. The Disability Discrimination Act was passed more than 20 years ago. If this was an old, unmodernised museum in a small town, the inadequacies of all these facilities would still be unacceptable; they certainly are in a nationally important museum in a capital city, and especially one that is publicly funded and has had a comparatively recent major refurbishments.

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