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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #178 of 1,096 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I visited the IWM today for the first time since the redevelopment - the designer is clearly not wanting people to repeat visit - 1. No seats for elderly or less able 2. No information cards near the exhibits 3. Deadends down most display corridors 4. No light from the beautiful ceiling light well 5. Very expensive catering 6. Loads... More

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We saw the current WWI exhibition and also hte Holocaust exhibition. Both were more than excellent, also for young teens. A visit here should definitely be part of a young person's history lessons.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

First visit to this museum and it was excellent. Specifically wanted to see the WW1 exhibition and art exhibition. Both exhibitions were somber reminders of why the museum exists. We spent hours in the WW1 exhibition which contained a lot of social history too. The holocaust exhibition was sobering and respectful. Downside: crowded at weekends and school holidays, so book... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Should one be in the capital, one may visit the Imperial War Museum very easily indeeed. Waterloo is the largest of the major stations in the vicinity. Tube access is simple from Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle: there are also many buses which pass. The imposing entrance is the start of something extremely fantastic and free-of-charge. A record of... More

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Easington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It's some years since I visited but I wanted to see what had changed. There is a new section about the 1914-18 war that is a little chaotic when you enter and walk through but overall we enjoyed the experience.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

On a recent family trip to London we were traveling with three boys aged 7, 10 and 14. Not necessarily enthused by the regular tourist sites, the war museum was a winner. The displays were both impressive and educational (for all of us). The redesign let you experience not just warfare in general but life during wartime in London. Also,... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When my family goes to a museum, usually someone is compromising. I like art and culture, my husband likes planes and vehicles, and my son likes kids' activities. The Imperial War Museum has it all. Right now, there is an art exhibit showing art of the First World War. What an incredible art exhibit--I learned about so many great artists... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We took our 6 year old grandson in August, expecting crowds, but no it was well organised so no waiting around. Many questions were asked as there were so many features on display on several levels, from tanks, planes, dug outs, to the original house of 1914 the cafe and shop was well worth a visit. And all free, a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Call me old fashioned, but I supposed the key goals of a museum to be to inform, educate and inspire visitors. The Imperial War Museum (IWM) seems rather to subscribe to a ‘Millennium Dome meets Tate Modern’ school of museum curating. When I see an exhibit of interest, I want to know what it is and how it came to... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It is 40 years since I last went, but the big guns are still there! I spent a morning there and just went round the WW1 exhibition. I went at opening time and there was a queue, however it quickly cleared. The actual exhibit was a good timeline presentation, however the first 40 steps were bottlenecked by all the other... More

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