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Imperial War Museum

Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #185 of 918 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: IWM London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: IWM London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Find out more about the First World War in our new galleries, discover what life was like at home during the Second World War in A Family in Wartime, visit our award-winning exhibition on The Holocaust and discover stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery. You can also see some of Britain's most significant artists in our art galleries and don't miss our special exhibitions.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking

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Margate, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I went here as our last day on our trip to london. Im ex-RAF and seeing all the exhibits fascinated us, we got there as it opened. Bring sometime with you because its a long day if you truly want to experience it all, the walk around the World War One part took an hour and a... More 

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Hampshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The old IWM was a place of learning, reflection and solemnity. The new IWM is somewhere between an art gallery, a primary school open evening and a cocktail bar (without the booze). There is no logical flow, chronology of geographic alignment. Random exhibits with no explanations. No character, anecdotes, depth or real learning from the poorly positioned displays, not to... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I love history, and seeing bits of it to help me understand events, but wasn't really impressed with our visit. The museum was full of school groups (understandably as it was a week day) which I felt was about the level the museum was aiming at. The exhibit cards/descriptions were very poor and sometimes it wasn't even clear what we... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having only visiting shortly after the reopening, we called in at a less busy time to spend more time here. There is afterall so much to see and one visit is never enough. We also visited the cafe for a lovely lunch. There are also lockers to store bags and coats.

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Cardiff
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is entertainment rather than education but I guess it may be the way of the future. There is a wow factor with a Harrier, V1 and V2 on display as well as an atomic bomb. However the museum seems rather chaotic and it is difficult to make sense of the exhibits with the diagrams of displays and stickers. A... More 

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Folkestone
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is something you must to. A fabulous very interesting way to spend a day and it's free. The Ashcroft VC Exhibition is the star.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Perhaps a Sunday was a bad day to go as it was quite busy. Many of the objects had no labeling or labeling too small or in the wrong place. Lots of information on small screens - but they were too slow, there wasn't enough room to see what was happening and you had to be there ages to discover... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Museum is well laid out and instructive. We particularly wanted to view the 1st World War Art gallery which was well displayed and moving. Additionally, the Holocaust galleries were very impressive for their detail and graphic depiction of such a horrible episode in our recent past. We spent over 3 hours in the museum and still did not do... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Imperial War Museum is in the suburb of Lambeth just outside the chaos of Central London. It is set in large gardens with two enormous gun barrels at the entrance. Upon entering the museum, the central gallery displays some large exhibits of mans ability to destroy man including aircraft and V bombs. The galleries around the this centrepiece display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Absolutely fantastic trip to the museum. Loads to see and very interesting and engaging. All for free as well. Allow yourself extra time for the museum as the time will fly by

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