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Imperial War Museum

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Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
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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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A fascinating, in-depth and moving museum experience

The Imperial War museum is located near to Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle tube stations. The building is an impressive structure with a dome roof. The grounds are quite... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Imperial War museum is located near to Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle tube stations. The building is an impressive structure with a dome roof. The grounds are quite large and within is the Tibetan Peace Garden which is a beautiful juxtaposition to the war museum; a gentle reminder of the need to strive for peace. The actual museum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

5 floors to explore A lot to take in and it's very well laid out Portrays a good account of different wars Highly recommend a visit and its free

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took our 2 kids aged 11 & 8 who were thoroughly engaged throughout the 1st world war exhibit and the vehicles on the ground floor. These were definitely the best bits and I would highly recommend. The other floors felt a bit more disjointed and didn't hold the kids interest so much. Unable to give the Holocaust exhibition the time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a really good museum, the detail, the layout, and the displays are absolutely great, spent almost a whole day here and learned a lot! The only downside to this place is the cafe is so expensive! Had 1 slide of pizza and a side of sweet potato fries (only a small portion) for around a tenner! Definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

spent a morning looking around and it was well worth a visit . Very thought provoking and humbling . The displays and information are all very well presented . It does put everything into perspective and you should leave feeling how lucky are we and how in debt we are for all those that have given there lives to make... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took two of our boys, 12 & 10 to the imperial war museum. Easy walking distance from the tube station at lamberth north. The approach is pretty spectacular with twin gun barrels pointing at the gates. Once inside there are loads of displays and interesting exhibits. The holocaust exhibit is very informative and harrowing. A great place to visit... More 

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Spectacular entrance with a Spitfire hanging over your head. You start asking your self what to expect. For a WWII lover like me contains so many elements. Montgomery's car, the ripped from bullets eagle of the Reichstag, an Italian human submarine, etc. The espionage exhibition is something I didn't expect. Items from all eras that JB couldn't even imagine. Free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 2 children here while my wife was at LSBU for the afternoon. Excellant 2.5hrs spent here. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very interesting museum. Well laid out and very interesting. Free entry. It is spread over four floors and there are lifts available. We did not try the café but it looked very clean and tidy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

And a Harrier landing on you head! Don't walk into that V1 rocket it's about to launch! It's all happening and you have only taken a few paces inside the building! The place is packed with tanks, guns, ships, aircraft...I could go on but won't, anything to do with war is waiting for you. Even James Bond! He is spidering... More 

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