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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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Enjoyed it more than I expected - very interesting and educational

Friends we were with have been to this museum and wanted to go because there had been a change to the exhibition, we spent a morning here a good 3-4 hours,it's well laid out and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Friends we were with have been to this museum and wanted to go because there had been a change to the exhibition, we spent a morning here a good 3-4 hours,it's well laid out and very informative. I want to come back and see the areas we didn't have time to cover. We have been to Berlin and Kraków and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very informative and educational experience. Details of war history especially- world wars explained in depth with great audio video displays everywhere. Must visit for a history buff.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Imperial War Museum is one of London's must-see museums. The exhibitions are very well-done, and interesting for children, teen and adults.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Imperial War Museum with a friend. We both have a keen interest in history and particularly that of the World Wars. The exhibitions, particularly on the Great War and the Holocaust were very well curated and very informative. Providing a good narrative structure coupled with personal tales of the war which was engaging and thought provoking. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have been here twice before on visits to London but this was the first since the renovation. LOVED it - it was the perfect rainy day destination! It definitely helps if you are a history buff and you should know before going that this museum only covers events SINCE the beginning of World War I. I think the only thing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see on all the different floors the holocaust and WW1 exhibitions are excellent with lots to see. There are both personal stories and artifacts as well as examples of machinery used.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Needs to be more interactive. Used to go a lot as a child but found it boring this time. Needs more of a theme to it. Very little working class history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited several times and believe it should be compulsory for all schools to visit. Highly informative and unbiased view of Britain's military history with some very moving exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum with a large range of exhibits. The exhibit on the Holocaust was excellent, far superior to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always wanted to visit this musuem - made 2 trips so far! Came away each time totally awe struck by the history, details of exhibits & informations...it also leaves you with the horrors of wars and sadness of lives lost. Only managed to see the First & Second World wars...more visits in the near future.

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