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Imperial War Museum

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“victoria cross”(114 reviews)
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...more
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Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the Imperial War Museum yesterday and what a boring and depressing place it is. With this nations proud past, I find it unbelievable that our nation’s capital couldn’t produce a better display of our armed force’s proud history. The first thing that strikes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John P
Reviewed 2 days ago

As a museology and English student (with a great interest in WW1) I love this museum! Their World War One gallery is incredible and so interesting! The museum is free and the guided tours (which I really recommend) are very fairly priced too, and very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MaleneSC
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although it is not in the centre of London, it is not as far out as you first think. Only a few stops on the underground and a short walk. But when you get there, you'll be glad you made the journey. We chose to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Wendy J
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum serves as a reminder to all of us that human beings are the most inventive, courageous and dangerous species in this world and probably the universe. Perhaps in reviewing our worst traits we can learn lessons and not repeat them. It is necessary...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Helen H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Having a passion for learning about both world wars I have had the opportunity to see a few war museums throughout the world. This museum is definitely up there with the best. The building is well set out and clearly identifies each war by the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 732daleh
Reviewed 4 days ago

I know there’s been recent revamp of the museum for good or bad I can’t say, But I worked on a job underground in late 80’s we were gobsmaked to find things people no longer talk about, you know a jail like in a cowboy...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Fujitsu1522
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spread over many floors, plenty of lifts available. Information overload, as there are so many videos and reading sections. I think you need many visits here to really appreciate everything.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank juliecC703RD
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are interested in World War I, World War II, or conflicts since then, the Imperial War Museum is a must see. It has excellent exhibits. Spend at least an hour in the Home Front exhibit. It is well worth the time.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent 6 hours here and sill had top floor and the African Soldier to do. So well laid out and accessible text. Holocaust floor harrowing but everyone should go. Restaurant a bit pricey but food looked good, we had a large breakfast so didn’t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DisneyNorwich_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a couple of hours to spare and I used Trip Advisor to find something nearby to do. The Imperial War museum came up and although we don’t really follow military history we thought we would give it a try. I can honestly say...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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August 10, 2018|
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Response from 756rachelm | Reviewed this property |
Hi,the trenches are still there as is the air raid shelter - the ground doesn’t move though. The air raid shelter is now in a themed section following a local families war time experience.
July 22, 2018|
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Response from l_ono138 | Reviewed this property |
Holocaust exhibit was impressive with some quite good interactive displays and tries to give a feeling of being immersed in this time period. Jewish, I haven't visited. It's also probably a matter of whether you prefer to... More
June 5, 2018|
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Response from msinbox | Reviewed this property |
If you want to see all of it, budget about 4+ hours. But you can finish faster if you are selective about what you see. There are floor plans everywhere, or look at their website, as that can help you plan.
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Lark K
Gainesville, Florida
Is this day possible? (33 Replies)
Here's my itinerary for the last full day of our vacation. Any suggestions on timing and order of schedule? Should I get London Eye tickets earlier or wait to see how the weather fares? Do I have to schedule them for a certain day at a certain time? Monday May 15th: London Eye Imperial War Museum Cabinet War Rooms Parliament Westminster Cathedral Westminster Abbey- At least 1 hour Buckingham Palace- 1 hour Changing of Guard: 11:30? British museum
May 01, 2006|
Response fromLeeB.|
Larkie: You plan to visit two churches and three museums in one day? If so, I suggest you take a really short tour of the British Museum because there is no way you can do justice to it along with your other planned ventures.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Imperial War Museum- not to be missed (1 Reply)
We just went to the Imperial War museum this week and it was outstanding- particularly in light of all that's going on in Ukraine at the moment ( "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"). There is a new exhibit in WW I where the items and the multimedia displays are extraordinary. We arrived at 11:30 am and were given a timed ticket to enter the exhibit at 2pm. We didn't expect to be in the museum that long, but we had no trouble spending those 2.5 hours before we got...More
September 01, 2014|
Response fromverity1|
Thanks. I'm planning to see the new exhibit myself shortly.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Duxford Air Show 10 Oct (3 Replies)
Does any one know the schedule of the free buses to Duxford for the Autumn Air Show at the Imperial War Museum? I assume they leave from the Train Station as stated in the IWM web site. Cheers
October 06, 2010|
Response fromEssexWanderer|
If the 'impeccable' IWM says so, then it MUST be true! Seriously, if it is STATED on their website, then it does not happen, you have a MASSIVE recourse! But I'd say belive it.