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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #105 of 1,085 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Military Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Imperial War Museums are a collection of museums both within London and north of London, in Cambridgeshire and Manchester.  For information on... more »
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

What have they done to this wonderful museum. I visited with my wife last weekend and was looking forward to see how the refurbishment had improved what was a great day out. Sadly we were both bitterly disappointed. I have read some of the reviews and I must say I agree with all of the comments. I understand that changes... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

SO sorry about the museum redo (not that it needed it at all), which is truly dreadful in many ways. We were greatly looking forward to the new look and displays, as The Imperial War Museum is one of our most favorite museums, but now...a near-disaster. Where to start? The entrance: What was a beautiful, spacious, light-filled atrium (filled with... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Went yesterday and can only say that it was, on the whole a frustrating, stressful and deeply disappointing experience. I was saddened to see the once airy and open space had gone and the new walls felt like they were squeezing you in. The lack of information on the exhibits was so frustrating and a real loss. The information boards... More

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fife, scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

fantastic place, great to venture back into time and discover the past, we got tube to Lambeth and it was a 5 minute walk,

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We came to the Imperial War Museum on a Monday morning, and it was already absolutely packed. We queued immediately for the WW1 rooms, there were so may people it was difficult to see the displays, and you were constantly aware of someone breathing down your neck, or stepping on to someone who was too close. It took us two... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It sounds churlish to make criticism of such a venerable institution as the Imperial War Museum, but since they have recently done a massive renovation, its amazing that some basic things are so wrong!! The first thing is the signage, or lack of it, on the individual exhibits - you have to go to a central board in each room... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I wad exited to go to the imperial war museum, especially after they spent £40 million! Renovating it. Unfortunately the design is awful: -depressing grey staircases, -cramped exhibits make bad photos. -replaced the amazing trench with the smells and sound effects with a smaller rubbish trench. -they blocked the natural light coming from the ceiling, making it darker inside. -staff... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Having been to the IMW many times, I was looking forward to the new renovated Museum. The immediate impression was quite impressive as the the Basement floor has been uncovered to create a stunning visual entrance. That's all the good bits I'm afraid. Many much loved articles i.e. the cut-away German tank destroyer and other vehicles have been removed, in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I thought I'd revisit the museum given its recent makeover. The old museum in my opinion housed the best WW2 memorabilia ever put on public display, so I was curious too view what has been advertised as the new and improved museum. What a dissapointment. The museum has adopted a minimalistic format that showcases much fewer items. Those items lucky... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Its some years since we ventured South of the river to the Elephant & Castle, on hearing there had been a major refurbishment we were concerned the displays may have lost something in the changes. We should not have worried. Our 10 year old grandson was enthralled by it all from the 15" naval guns at the entrance to the... More

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