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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 day in the IWM

We arrived mid-morning and left at 17:15, so pretty much the whole day in the museum, and despite that didn't quite see it all. The WW1 exhibit is I think the largest, and is... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived mid-morning and left at 17:15, so pretty much the whole day in the museum, and despite that didn't quite see it all. The WW1 exhibit is I think the largest, and is really informative and gives a real sense of the scale and horror of the conflict. The exhibits themselves range up to very recent conflicts that the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited on a dreary New Year's Day. Surprised that the exhibits were open actually. We had a great time, learning so much. We especially liked how the museum advanced through time as we progressed. Including small facts and easy to use terminals and it involved all ages! 5 star.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting to take a look at the past in particularly related to wars. Wide array of vehicles, armour, weapons etc. Very well laid out. Free entry.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited here 10 years ago and while the displays have changed somewhat, the museum is still well worth a visit. CAfe is expensive as you would expect, but you don;t have to use it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was kind of expecting more - some of the exhibitions were really great and very interesting but in parts the museum seemed pretty empty. They also over-charge for chips.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Museum is not very large so could be done in a half day visit. What is shown is very well presented and tells a fascinating story. Holocaust exhibition and the secret service gallery were particularly interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Can not believe that is free to enter! there is so much to do! we spent 2 hours and only managed to do 2 floors! so much history set out in a really user friendly way! LOVED IT! can’t wait to go back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As I'm extremely keen on military history this place has it all through various wars through history to dioramas and exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Huge museum, and it's free! We were there 3 and 1/2 hours and managed to see everything. Holocaust exhibition particularly good. Great mix of exhibits. We really enjoyed our visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

spent a full afternoon here not sure that we did see all of it as family kept going back to see things that they found they had missed definitely worth a visit

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