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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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This really made me emotional with the new holocaust section it really shows you an insight into what these people went through. It is full of facts and exhibitions if you are a... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This really made me emotional with the new holocaust section it really shows you an insight into what these people went through. It is full of facts and exhibitions if you are a good visual learner, there are some parts of the place that are filled with too much and is a little cramped and could do with some more... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to the Imperial War Museum many times over the years but I feel the place has lost its way since the "refurbishment" a couple of years ago. The museum was much better laid out before when it flowed naturally through the First World War, then the 1930s and so to the Second World War and thereafter. Now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed our visit to the museum. The World War I exhibit was incredibly detailed and informative. Great exhibits of war vehicles. Nice cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a recently renovated museum that has 5 floors. One floor for WW1, WW2, holocaust. The 4th floor holocaust exhibit is a must for all those that have not been to a holocaust museum in other cities of the world. It is very well presented with a clear timeline. You need at least 3 hours to get through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved this museum, and I can't believe they asked only for a donation (there is no fee to get in, but they ask you to make an optional donation) which I happily gave. I was unaware that the top floor is a holocaust museum, and it was hard to find my way out of it, but otherwise I enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Museum with my two daughters (8 & 11) as the older one is about to cover war as a topic at school. The IWM has so much to take in, starting with WW1 on the lowest floor, working up through WW2 and then into the Cold war, Iraq war and Northern Ireland troubles. The Secret war, covering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

what a fantastic place to visit. well thought out with free speeches on certain themes during the day. but the holocaust exhibition was both very informative but harrowing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very good museum with all sorts of interesting exhibits, but be ready for some horrible and very sad videos and pictures of the holocaust.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

New look museum,fantastic layout with excellent exhibits lots of information and very interesting,cafe was good for lite bites

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this museum is accessible by many London metro routes, & is on the Golden Tours Hop-on Hop-off route. Entry is free. The displays are spread over 4 floors which are accessible by stairs of lifts. The current main exhibition is World War One. Britain’s involvements in wars, military actions & peace keeping over the years are on display. Due to... 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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