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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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We went here for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. It wasnt overly busy and there is that much to see the crowds are managed well. There is no charge to get in and so it is asked... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. It wasnt overly busy and there is that much to see the crowds are managed well. There is no charge to get in and so it is asked that you provide a donation, more than happy to do this. We found the WW1 exhibit to be fascinating as we... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was expecting much more... they have one Soviet tank... really... all of WWII and all you have is one Soviet tank? The best part was a German V2 rocket and buzz bomb. Admission is free... thats the right price...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An Saturday afternoon visit, quite busy but not crowded in any way. Easy walk up from Elephant & Castle underground, good facilities with easy access and well presented galleries. Huge range of things to see and learn - the reasons, the mechanics, the outcomes and the horrors of conflict. The First World War and Holocaust Exhibitions stood out for me.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From reading some of the bad reviews, this museum seems to have been recently renovated. Since this was our very first visit to the museum I can't compare it to the older museum. To me the Imperial War Museum was awesome. It is free too. It is in an old, ornate building on beautiful grounds. There were two giant cannons... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting displays and artefacts. Enjoyed a good few hours around there. Exhibitions are fascinating and thought provoking.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting museum if you like your milatary history. You can easily spend a few hours here and it's well worth the visit. Be aware though there is a part that covers the concentration camps and it may not be suitable for younger children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friends we were with have been to this museum and wanted to go because there had been a change to the exhibition, we spent a morning here a good 3-4 hours,it's well laid out and very informative. I want to come back and see the areas we didn't have time to cover. We have been to Berlin and Kraków and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very informative and educational experience. Details of war history especially- world wars explained in depth with great audio video displays everywhere. Must visit for a history buff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Imperial War Museum is one of London's must-see museums. The exhibitions are very well-done, and interesting for children, teen and adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Imperial War Museum with a friend. We both have a keen interest in history and particularly that of the World Wars. The exhibitions, particularly on the Great War and the Holocaust were very well curated and very informative. Providing a good narrative structure coupled with personal tales of the war which was engaging and thought provoking. The... More 

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