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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
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Reviewed yesterday

This was my first visit for around 20 years. I was very impressed as this is modern museum which still has plenty of artefacts on display. It is effectively several museums in one building. I spent the whole day there but I think it is...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took our 6 (nearly 7!) year old here, there is lots of stuff here and you could easily spend a few days to go through it all it is also very well presented. Cafe is quality but very expensive (£4.20 for a slice of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Whilst it has an amazing amount of information and artifacts, it can be too much to take in on one visit. We were mainly interested in the WW1 part of the museum, so it was disappointing to see that although there was a vast amount...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited recently - very interesting and excellent value - Free Entry - shops inside if required and lots of good displays - interesting articles.

Thank G L
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a must do for all people interested in modern history and in particular since WW1. The lead up to the war and the socio-economic factors which were contributory to it provides a platform for the following displays which gives graphic history of the...More

Thank John P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband has wanted to go here for ages and i have previously resisted. However i was surprised how interesting i found it and relieved it did not try to cover every battle and moment of the war. It did however create a lot of...More

Thank Mo B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Only a few stops away on the tube from central London. Situated in it's own grounds the measeum is large on multiple floors. Excellent exhibitions, very well presented and all for FREE! Very educational for young & old alike.

Thank Darren H
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visitors to London that head just a little way off the beaten track will be rewarded with this little gem of a museum. Located less than 10 minutes walk from Lambeth North tube stop,this place has 4 floors of tanks,guns,historical documents and lots more besides....More

Thank Des G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited the Imperial war museum on a very hot day in August,we must have walked a mile to get here so was already hot and the Museum was boiling inside,spent an hour looking around and went home.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went with the kids who are doing different war eras at school. Clear, informative displays that hold the attention. The holocaust section is difficult going but a good reminder of why we should continue to learn from the past.

Thank Michael G
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lynseyw82
10 August 2018|
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Response from Rachel M | Reviewed this property |
Hi,the trenches are still there as is the air raid shelter - the ground doesn’t move though. The air raid shelter is now in a themed section following a local families war time experience.
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mt459666
23 July 2018|
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Response from Liz M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we haven't been to the Jewish Museum so I cannot compare
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Response from msinbox | Reviewed this property |
If you want to see all of it, budget about 4+ hours. But you can finish faster if you are selective about what you see. There are floor plans everywhere, or look at their website, as that can help you plan.
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