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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 #130 of 2,399 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military museums, History 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: Military museums, History 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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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Went to the IWM as on our list of places to visit. What a fascinating place and it's free! The interactive maps and features were fantastic and explained things thoroughly and really engaged my interest. At the time of our visit there was a special section on the holocaust. It was very insightful and haunting. The atmosphere changed in this... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We came here during the summer so of course it was busy. However I don't know why, because there was absolutely nothing to look at. My boyfriend had visited here 2 years before and it has vastly changed. Now there is nothing to see except cars, I was really bored and would not visit here again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is my second visit, my first being 25 years ago. The museum has changed hugely, but definitely for the better. I only had an hour or so free, but could have spent much longer. the WWI exhibit is so good and the holocaust very moving. I can't recommend enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

No, i'm not a vetran. And i know about all the tragedy. But as a 24 yo i spent the hole day in the IWM and visited only 2 of the 5 floors. If you have time, now you know where to go, otherwise take it! ;) It's worth it. I'ts part of our history, told in a very interessting,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I was there in 1984. WW2 stuff was great!! Nazi stuff was cool. Took my picture next to a Messerschmitt. It wasn't the ME262 though. I liked it alot!!

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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

From seeing the huge guns and piece of Berlin wall outside, I knew it was going to be a good trip. I took my wife and two girls (10 and 13) with my sister and her young children. We spent a good few hours at the museum and didn't really scratch the surface of the exhibitions there. I found the... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum with plenty to see and do. There are 4 floors full of really interesting exhibits. You could spend all day there as there is so much to see. Its great for a rainy day. The World War One exhibition is amazing and the holocaust exhibition was particularly interesting and thought provoking. Some reports talk about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

To be honest I wasn't looking forward to going to the museum, it was my other half's choice of trip. However, I am pleased to say it was my favourite trip! Upon arrival we were greeted by two very polite and helpful staff members, there are lockers to store your bags and coats (£1 returned charge) and so you can... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

1st world war display is brilliant and very extensive with a lot of interactive items. The Holocaust display is moving and powerful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Obviously IWM is a good place to go. Hugely informative, and good for all ages. Of course it's brutal, it's about war, but nevertheless, it's pretty well done. My main issue with it is that it cannot cope well with crowds. Now, admittedly, we went at a busy time. But I guess we were expecting that something with such a... More 

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