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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #101 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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Romford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Having visited the IWM prior to the new refurbishment I would say that it was by far my favourite museum in London. Back then there seemed to be buckets of space to wander round of your own accord and dipping in and out of galleries was a pleasure. The previous exhibits were well organised, informative, and packed with personal accounts... More

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Dunmow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Went yesterday to see the exhibition of WW1 paintings, which was actually pretty good. Much less good is the new layout, and the new post-WW2 gallery. None of the exhibits have information near them, so you have to find a remote display and work out which is which. A window frame from the Twin Towers is on display, and some... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited here as it's somewhere I've always wanted to go. As they have recently upgraded it and also completed a first world war exhibition we decided to go now. Firstly we went on a Saturday so it was busy. The first world war exhibition took an hour to get round reading virtually all of the information. We then only managed... More

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Duffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Some excellent stuff, very interesting. Some of the exhibits could be better labelled and described, things such as the aircraft in the atrium are obvious but I still don't know what the submarine was all about nor the wreckage next to it. WW1 exhibition was very good.

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newport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

absolutely wonderful, well organised, would have liked to have more time, but will be revisiting with more time.

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Very nice and high level place, situated in historical building. Possibility to recieve understanding about main military equipment (air, sea, land, underwater) development till our days. Different military equipment preserved in excellent shape, give us insight how soldiers lived and fight in different periods of history, what equipment used, how war fighting was made. No dislaiks, definetly recomend to visit.... More

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Staines, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went there today with my hubs and 3 sons aged 13, 9 and 17 months. Was quite busy being a Sunday but we expected that. Steps to the front were a pain ... had to lift the pushchair. Then when we got in we were told to go through the bookshop to gain access to the lifts. Bookshop was crowded... More

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Buckinghamshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The gallery didn't seem to flow, there was too much information and it seemed to jump about too much. I felt that it may have left the visitor confused. I much preferred the old gallery where I felt that I had come away with increased knowledge about event and advances in technology during WW1. I also didn't like the WW11... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My Wife and two youngest (16 & 19) had an enjoyable visit to the IWM on 21st July. We have brought them and their elder brother since they were very young so they know it as it was, but neither expressed disappointment at the changes or the exhibits. I think there are many teething troubles and, no doubt, visitor comments... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Having visited the museum at varying points in the last 20 years, it was with high hopes that I arrived today. It was with great sadness then that I saw a poor layout with no flowing routes to see the exhibits and sparsely placed descriptions where the hordes must crowd around small boards with poorly written information containing multiple spelling... More

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