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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 #220 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military 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: History Museums, Military 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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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The level of detail in the new WWI exhibit is amazing- very interesting and informative! The Holocaust section is a must-see, very moving! The location is not where all the other "popular" historic sites are, but this is well-worth your time!

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I am, and have always been, a huge fan of the Imperial War Museums, having first visited back in the 1970s. I am now a post-graduate student of military history. Why then only two stars? Well, the museum has been revamped and not for the better. It has changed from a museum about the experiences of war into some sort... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Top floor has stories and photos of recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross. Emotional reading about the sacrifices made by so many from the First World War through the conflicts of present day. The Enigma code machine is also amazing. The code was changed daily by the Germans and it took years for the British team to break... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Great musuem - not as many exhibits as I remember (old blitz experience and spy experiences were great, but not there any more...)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We only spent 2.1/2 hours at the museum, all of which we spent in the WW1 exhibition. That was great, very well put together and informative, could easily have spent longer. I will go again on a future trip to London and try and get round the rest of the museum!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Thought we'd while away a couple of hours before heading home as the museums website suggested a half day. Big mistake. We turned up just after 10am and were pretty much the last ones to leave. I'm not sure where to start on the superlatives but I was left in so much awe at the way in which the exhibitions... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We went here to see the remaining poppy display but it had already gone. As we only had 1 hour to closing we weren't going to bother to enter but was persuaded to do so by the guard on the door, and we were glad we did. We only managed the one floor due to timing but were very impressed... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

As someone interested in military history, I always drop in to the IWM if I am in London. I was surprised by the changes, as it does now seem to be a bit confusing. The Ashcroft Medal section is very interesting but labels, like the rest of the museum too small. Generally there is too much crammed into the museum... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The 1st World War display is extremely interesting and the remainder also worth looking at. We arrived 10am and didn't leave until nearly 3pm May be a little boring for the smaller kids. Easily acessable by bus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent exhibition of the first world war. Spent 2 hours just walking around this part of the museum and did not see all of it. You could spend a day just in this part. It is incredibly moving so be prepared. The rest of the museum is somewhat of a letdown after this part

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