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Imperial War Museum

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Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7416 5000
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IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the...

IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the First World War to conflicts today. Mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme over 2016 and experience our ground-breaking First World War Galleries. Our IWM Contemporary art programme continues with work by protest photographer Edward Barber from 26 May - 4 September 2016 and works by artist Mahwish Chishty later in 2016. From 28 July 2016 artist-photographer Edmund Clark presents an exhibition exploring hidden experiences of state control, touching on issues of security, legality and ethics during the 'Global War on Terror'. Discover astonishing acts of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, delve into the world of espionage in Secret War and explore key moments of the Second World War in the award-winning Holocaust Exhibition. Find out how Britain's armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security in Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, until 13 November 2016.

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Visited on Monday after spending a long weekend in London , visited several years ago with our children and wanted to revisit and see at an adult pace . The emotion it creates... read more

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having visited the excellent IWMs North, Duxford & the Cabinet War Rooms, I was very much looking forward to my first visit to IWM London. Yes, the museum has some fascinating exhibits yet (for one of our flagship national museums) the exhibits are incredibly badly labelled, visitors having to read through paragraph upon paragraph of text and then having to... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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Visited on Monday after spending a long weekend in London , visited several years ago with our children and wanted to revisit and see at an adult pace . The emotion it creates leaves you speechless and makes you realise how fortunate we are to never experience some of the things you see Every child should go and see what... More 

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Its an excellent museum depicting the War with rockets, tanks and lots more. The holocaust section is very sobering.

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Very good displays and interesting artifacts. Definitely recommend a visit if you are a military history buff. Highlights include the V-1 and V-2 rockets Germany bombed London with. A Spitfire and Harrier hanging from the ceiling. Very in depth coverage of World War I.

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We had a fab couple of hours here, very interesting and loads to see! Would defiantly come back again for another visit , staff very friendly

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A fascinating look at the base of operations as Great Britain, led by Winston Churchill, engaged in the effort to defeat Germany in World War Two. Because you encounter so much as it was then, there is not the mediation of signage and high tech installations. There is just enough information provided so one understands, but then the imagination takes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There really is a lot to see in this museum with exhibits from WW1 through almost to date and it really is thought provoking. My only slight criticism is that it doesn't always flow well, maybe slightly better signage is needed. We spent a little under 3 hours there but could easily have spent much more time if we'd had... More 

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This place was incredible. I am glad I went, it was worth the time if you are into these sort of things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to the Imperial War Museum, but should we return to London, we will surely go again. It is well laid out, the exhibits are great, and we learned far more about WWII than ever gleaned from our history books and classes. this is a must see for all.

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We recently visited London and decided to take a trip to the Imperial War Museum. That was a family outing including myself, 3 boys ages 8, 9 and 11 and my 83 year old father. I had been to the museum before, but it was decades ago. The museum was great! The WW1 exhibit was particularly impressive having clearly created... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom

Sorry, but the visit I and a friend made at Christmastime was NOT good – have been chuntering about it ever since, but only now had time to register our experience. First, I should say that neither of us is so young: one cannot climb up many stairs at a time, the other cannot go either up or down, both walk quite slowly. Fortunately the comparatively shallow steps at the main entrance were possible for us both. But once inside there is nowhere to sit down. I was early, so therefore opted for a preliminary walk around. The full flight of stairs down to the lower level greets one almost as soon as inside the main hall. Once on the main concourse there I headed for the First World War exhibition, thinking to have a quick preliminary look before coming back later – not a good idea: it is very tight in its layout – people spending time reading detailed information obstruct the way of others wanting to move more quickly. No alternative routes or intermediate way of exiting, had to continue zig-zagging to the end (was running out of time). Then had to queue at the main enquiry desk (only one person manning it) to find out where the lifts were (not signed). They are right at the rear of the main hall. Once back up on the main entrance level, had to walk all the way round the side gallery and through a secondary shop area to return to the front entrance. Asked there if there was somewhere I could sit to wait for my friend; a helpful member of staff said he would fetch 'the' chair for me. He came back and said he was sorry, he couldn't find it. Just then I spotted my friend sitting near the entrance doors, on the said chair, ie, only one available chair (ordinary office or café type) . . . Then, since my friend could not do the flight of stairs down to the lower concourse, we had to work our way right round to the rear of the hall to reach the lifts; at least I now knew where they were – no signs of course. There are four lifts, set apart from one another (no seating while one waits for the next one), and then that dash to get to whichever comes first before its doors shut again. When we were leaving we commented to the pleasant young woman at the front door, who hoped we had enjoyed our visit, that the steps at the main columned entrance would defeat some people, and there was no sign there to say how anyone with mobility limitations could get access. She said there was a sign at the main entrance gate, directing people to a level entrance along the side (no covered way to same, no surprise there!). As it happened we both came via side gates where we didn't spot any such directions. We expressed our concern that that didn't equate with equality of access and bless her, she came out with that classic remark that annoys beyond measure: 'They can't do anything because it's a Listed building'. (So is Burlington House in Piccadilly, but the Royal Academy seem to have managed to effect ramped access). She kindly suggested we filled in a visitor feedback form if we wanted to comment; we thought that a good idea, until we learnt that one of us would have to go back down to the lower level enquiry desk to get hold of a copy. Signage is certainly an issue throughout the building – it was hard to find the café at the lower level – we laughed, saying it was probably good that it wasn't signed as it wouldn't be too busy (we were right). So much for stairs (many), seats (few), lifts (obscure), signage (meagre). Women with reduced visual acuity would be stumped by the use of unrelieved battleship grey in the ladies toilets – would struggle to work out which were the actual cubicle doors and how they opened. And the warren of those facilities must be alarmingly confusing for anyone with poor vision or the beginnings of dementia. I should like to think the facilities for men are better, but somehow doubt it. The Disability Discrimination Act was passed more than 20 years ago. If this was an old, unmodernised museum in a small town, the inadequacies of all these facilities would still be unacceptable; they certainly are in a nationally important museum in a capital city, and especially one that is publicly funded and has had a comparatively recent major refurbishments.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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