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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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Description: IWM London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war...
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.
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Great Museum but needs More seats.

We went to see 2 exhibitions, the newest 1st World War and the Holocaust. Both were extremely good, factual and had audio tours which some school groups were using. We are both in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We went to see 2 exhibitions, the newest 1st World War and the Holocaust. Both were extremely good, factual and had audio tours which some school groups were using. We are both in our 50 ' s and fit for our age, but the subdued lighting started to strain our eyesight, but the worst was so little seating. With the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Awesome displays of various military items from Britain's wars over the past two centuries. Their holocaust display was awesome and very well done (never forget!). The signage describing the exhibits was a little hokey and somewhat difficult to get used to at first (just appeared as little stickers with printed descriptions), but once you got used to it, they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We only allotted a few hours for the Imperial War Museum and realized we failed...we should have allotted a whole day to spend there. Our family is full of history buffs and we found the WW1 and Holocaust exhibitions to be very intense, moving, informative and well balanced. Well worth the time we spent there...only wish we had more time... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

An amazing experience . The history, detailed displays and war objects blew my mind . Very informative . Would recommend to anyone who is remotely interested in military history . I learnt so much just by being within its 4 walls

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I visited the museum a few years ago and I was the only visitor there, this time it was packed, Lots of school trips. Having said that there is plenty of room to see everything. My husband has been wanting to visit here for a long time and he wasn't disappointed. I had a slice of pizza in the restaurant.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I was at first surprised the building was smaller than I expected. I spent a good couple of hours in there. I was impressed with the way it is laid out, I found the information useful and informative. The holocaust section is harrowing but if you are up to doing it you really should. This lesson from history should never... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Went to the newly refurbished museum with anticipation of an much improved amenity. Travelled via Elephant and Castle tube. There were no signs as to where to find the museum. Once we arrived, we felt that there was a lot to see but the overall feel was quite confusing. The exhibits are dotted all over the place, which meant people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I've been meaning to visit for many many years and from the moment of walking up past the enormous guns from the battle ships out side I was litterally blown away. I've no idea how anyone can have a single bad word to say about this place as I basically spent 3 hours wandering about with my mouth agape, wondering... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Spent 2 hours in the holocaust exhibition. Thoroughly fascinating. History made accessible. A must visit attraction in London for the young and old alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Only a 15 minute walk from Big Ben! But felt like it was another world so much more peaceful! This was an oasis of calm in the London suburbs and was very enjoyable. The museum is big and lots of exhibits. It is unmissable for people who like history visiting london.

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