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Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
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Ranked #301 of 1,153 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Seems to have been having a lot of bad reviews recently due to th recent refurb but a lot is for the better .The world war 1 galleries will engage people more due to lots of hi tech visual stuff ,The somme was done very well with a german machine gun taking centre point The second world war seems to... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Well that was my lasting impression. I wasn't familiar with the old layout, but the entrance hall seemed impressive to me, with planes hanging from the ceiling and a vehicle about to go over the edge of the balcony. Nice man at the entrance gave us a tremendous welcome. We popped in to see the WW1 exhibition - more grey!... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Well laid out, informative and so much to see - we couldn't do it all in one visit. Free admission is amazing for the amount you get. Donations to go towards your visit are optional. The WW1 exhibition was the best part for me. It was quite busy the Saturday we went so you get given a timeslot to visit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience although it got busier as the morning went on. Congestion was a little frustrating. So many people it was difficult to read the information on the exhibits. After a while you become selective missing out on numerous exhibits. Not sure when the best time would be to visit either very early a.m. or late afternoons? Groups... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We hadn't been to the IWM for a long time, and I was looking forward to seeing the results of the refurbishment. Unfortunately I have to agree with the comments of the previous reviewer. The overall impression id claustrophobic and dark. The galleries are cramped and overcrowded, to the point where it's difficult to see the exhibits, let alone spend... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Had high expectations of this museum and felt it was a complete let down. Having an avid interest in everything WWII, I have visited many other places in the UK and I have to say this was probably one of the least interesting places. Was very surprised with this being the Imperial War Museum in London. However, having said that,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Squeezing in the very average WW1 section has fatally disrupted the layout of the museum.Having visited several French & Belgian museums this really does fall short especialy the totallally inadequate labelling in different sized fonts. Stairs difficult and confusing,cries out for escalators. Toilet provision illogical. Where is labelling in other European languages, we really are little Englanders.. Somewhere behind a... More

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shipley derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing exhibition and like seeing the poppies at the Tower should be a must for WW1 remembrance .There is so much to see and so well set out .It needs a few visits to appreciate and being free helps this.It was great to see so many children enjoying it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The redesign has turned a once outstanding museum in to a crowded, cluttered, confusion processing of bumming into people, not seeing things, and being driven to book and gift shops, its is an abortion of a once great museum and a further black eye on very poor planning in London in recent years.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I visited in November 2014 about 2 hours before the museum closed and I wished I had given myself more time as there is so much to look at. I visited the 1945-present day exhibition, it takes up a whole floor and it was very interesting. I also visited the holocaust exhibition (as the sign says signs it isn't suitable... More

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