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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #77 of 1,041 attractions in London
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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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117 reviews 117 reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

None of my family wanted to visit here as they all though it would take from 'shopping time'! However, on visiting we were all amazed at the exhibits. In fact when we saw the letters from ths children who were evacuated during WW2, tears flowed freely. This is an amazing place,. but be prepared for tears if you are in... More

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Long Eaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed myself during my visit, I have made plans to go back as I think a day wasn't log enough for me, but I do enjoy taking extra time to really take in all of the information. There were several times that I felt breath taken by what I was seeing / reading.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My husband and eldest son were really excited about visiting this museum. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it at all but I loved it! I had planned on spending 1 hour there and had thought that after that I would leave with our younger boys but we all ended up spending 3 hours there! It's not even that big but... More

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Cannes, France
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

As this museum is one of my favourites I popped in to have another look on March 2 and sadly it was closed due to structural problems during the building work being carried out for the re-opening this summer. Rather than have a few exhibitions on show while preparations are made for the new WW1 display it was thought better... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

If you are interested in military history this museum should not be missed. We visited when there were major renovations taking place which did detract from the overall experience as more than half of the museum was off limits. I am sure it will look grand when completed. My favorite exhibit was the collection of Victoria Cross Medals which I... More

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Not a fan of museums but this one really interested me, plenty to look at and not too busy when we went in may! definitely worth paying a visit to.

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shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Very good for most people. Engaging exhibits, very accessible, superb audio visuals. No glorification of war at all, simply recounting the history and its effects on ordinary people. Kids aged 10 & above were fascinated . Excellent shop,and cafe. Highly recommended for anyone with a brain and empathy.

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Co Tipperary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I had a lump in my throat looking at some exhibits, especially some of the letters from WW2 era. A humbling, informative day out.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I've been here a few times, with the family, school and friends. Seeing as I lived over the road for two years, it was nice place to visit with people new to London and read about important history. An interesting and informative place, which differs every time you visit.

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Adrian, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I have been here twice now and have greatly enjoyed both visits. I have always had a fascination with World War II and, thus, gravitate toward these types of museums. This was undoubtedly one of the best museums of its type that I have ever visited. Of all of the wonderful things to do in London, this was one of... More

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