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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 #242 of 852 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Had a morning spare before a train home so headed over to see the revamped IWM. Wow! From the moment you walk in it is simply stunning. A Harrier, a Spitfire, a V1 and V2 look down at you; look down and see the poignant scene of a car flattened by a car bomb and vehicle attacked by a missile.... More

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Preston Lancashire
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We visited with my young son. it was a good few hours could have done with longer but we ran out of time. The WW1 exhibition was excellent and a timely reminder that we must not forget how easily things can go wrong. Sadly we did not see the Holocaust exhibition, thought it would be too much for my son.... More

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Revamped in July 2014, the IWM is yet another multimedia extravaganza in London - with free admission? Wow - I was more than happy to make a contribution upon exiting. The World War I Galleries are simply outstanding, comprehensive, and thought-provoking. I ran out of time and sadly had to blaze through the final 1/4 of the exhibit, so a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Nov 25 2014.Have had a very memorable day (and you need more than a day) at I W M london.The First Worl War exhibit has some very down to earth battle pieces used in the trenches,and to defend them,allow a good hour,then to the 5 th floor ,Ashcroft exhibit and the incredible story's and recipients of the world famousVictoria Cross,another... More

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I took my husband here for his birthday because it was somewhere he had always wanted to go but I never really fancied it. How wrong I was. There were 14 different exhibitions on and we only managed 2, the First World War and The Holocaust. They were so informative. We just spent the morning there but I would definitely... More

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Cracow, Malopolskie, Poland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I had great expectations for another visit after reconstruction - but in one word - disappointment . there is no reason why you should spend so much money on reconstruction and dedication as an outstanding museum events on the First World War. There are no more people who can bear witness to these events, in the twenty-first century, the world... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

WW1 exhibition humbles you best visited when quiet, ie not on weekends or bank holidays when its crowded

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Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I know that it's almost de rigeur to bang on about how awful WW1 was but having seen the WW1 exhibition last Sunday brought it home to me again. Reduce to tears at the sheer ghastliness of it all. I wished the crowds had been regulated better as could not go at the pace I wanted as we were in... More

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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the Museum specifically to see the new World War 1 Gallery. We were not disappointed. It was expertly laid out, imaginative and very very moving. After two and a half hours in this gallery, we went on to view a gallery devoted to the experiences of one local family in the Second World War and... More

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Herzogenaurach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Very easy to find, very well presented, and some extremely interesting exhibits. The World War exhibits were sobering, but the Holocaust area was the most shocking. To hear survivors tell their stories was upsetting to say the least. Overall the IWM is a great place to visit, and best of all, its FREE OF CHARGE!

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