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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #257 of 1,106 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 »
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this visit in September. Free entry and convenient to a park with refreshments and picnic tables on hand, useful for energy boost / coffee during visit. Was a bit crowded even tho Friday morning visit. Exhibits good and well thought out, personalised exhibits following a London Family during the war was very good. Very good art on upper galleries.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Visited today after a break of over 20years. A most magnificent exhibition with the new First World War very fascinating. The holocaust only confirms the cruelty of man which is still prevalent today. A number of rooms of various conflicts are very well presented with lots of information. Sadly, Blair and Bush are not portrayed as the war criminals they... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the imperial War museum today to see the new WW1 exhibition and their revamp. The day just ran away with us you need to allow a whole day. The transformation is wonderful. The WW1 exhibition is excellent and on the top floor there is a room with over 240 Victoria crosses and George medals with the stories behind... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If this was after the refurbishment, then I dread to think what it was like before. My dad, who is wheelchair bound had always wanted to visit and he was so very disappointed. Let me say that the exhibits themselves are amazing, once you find out what they are, as nothing is labelled or easily identified. Instead you have to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

So sad that this museum has been brought up to date in a way that seems very old fashioned and 1960-70ish - lots of film shows replacing those very interesting cases of documents, old artefacts and uniforms. What has happened to all those wonderful exhibits that gave a real smell of yesteryear? And why was that Blitz Experience removed? It... More

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The new exhibit for WWI is very good, but can be overwhelming. There is a lot to see so allow plenty of time. We arrived late in the afternoon and were able to enter the exhibit at no charge. Entry the museum itself is free. The updated tea room looks lovely and it is nice to be able to walk... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a difficult review to write because I found many things to like about this museum, but came away disappointed. If a 3 ½ star rating was available, that’s what I’d have given it. I’ve wanted to visit this museum for years and either didn’t have time, or it was closed for renovations. Given the extremely high quality of... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It was shut for so long that this is a real shame! Great exhibits, great staff - but hunting around and jostling to get in front of merged signage boards that are hard to read is a dreadful experience - seriously which fool dreamt this up - some creative was allowed to take over the asylum. I hope and pray... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you love everything military then you must visit here, easy access from either the bus or tube, it is set on 5 floors and is well laid out with a leaflet to show you what is on each floor. Some photos can be graphic but this is life and we need to know what our guys actually went through... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

First visit to the IWM since the makeover and, from the moment I walked in, was very impressed. They have made massive changes and all for the better. It can be a bit confusing at first as the exhibits are not individually signed but are grouped together on several boards dotted around the place and once you get used to... More

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