We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Imperial War Museum

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (4,427)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“blitz experience”(126 reviews)
“victoria cross”(110 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
Open Now
Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
See all hours
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
+44 20 7416 5000
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around London
from US$59.41
More Info
from US$86.80
More Info
from US$30.00
More Info
from US$144.60
More Info
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed April 17, 2016

I was very impressed with the Imperial War Museum. Excellent exhibitions and the holocaust exhibit was very moving. All in all, very educational and informative and admission is free. It covers conflict from World War I to the present day and shows you the true...More

28  Thank Sandygranny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 11, 2015

I took my boy there on the weekend after promising to do so for a long time. I'm a former soldier, military history buff & collector, having had some very memorable trips to Duxford, HMS Belfast & Bovington but he's never seen the IWM. I've...More

39  Thank Taffwob
Reviews (9,547)
Filter reviews
7,923 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews holocaust section blitz experience victoria cross ashcroft gallery on display interactive displays main hall free entry ww1 iwm tanks conflict trenches ww2 vc information guns
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 7,923 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We got a bit lost trying to find it but it was worth it. The ceramic poppy display outside was very eye-catching along with the giant gun. It was free but they like you to give a donation or buy a guide book. They had...More

Thank licoricejen
Reviewed yesterday

Went to see the Weeping Window poppy display yesterday with a friend before it finishes on Sunday, it was just beautiful & I am so glad I have seen it close up. I first saw the Weeping Window at the Tower of London four years...More

Thank jilliano672
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I know it’s not the most important part of a museum visit but with an amazing, and very long traipse around it would be ideal to have a decent snack at the end/in the middle. £6.70 for the picture below. A tasteless coffee and walnut...More

Thank ClaudiaVak
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were lucky to have a beautiful fall day with the leaves changing in the park surrounding the museum. The poppy exhibit on the outside of the museum was moving. The museum is well organized and had something for teenagers, kids, and my military history...More

Thank shrinkb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So beautiful and the museum was exceptional loved learning so much, and heartbreaking going into the holocauste exhibition well worth a visit

Thank Pamwillie
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum had a lot of information about the First World War and how it happened. There was lots of displays of equipment the soldiers used and what they wore. There even was a trench in the museum. Maps were also on display telling you...More

Thank moloneythreasa
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The kids loved this visit. Great ww1 exhibition which really got them engaged and informed. The Nazi Holocaust exhibition made me cry, but needs to be remembered. U14 can’t go into this part, but need to be be seen to understand the appalling history.

Thank filhart
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My parents have both wanted to visit here for a while. So I thought I would tag along. The first thing you see are the big guns and then the weeping window of poppies. Absolutely breathtaking. There are 5 floors in total. The First World...More

Thank kellya477
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is my local museum and pass it a few times each week. We took our daughter and granddaughter to see the weeping window poppies. I did see the poppies at the tower and thought this was really well presented. we liked some of the...More

Thank Gordon D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited the museum in order to see the 2018 poppy window installation, which was lovely. I then went inside for the WW1 Armistice exhibitions. Lovely exhibitions although very cramped, especially with all the people as there is not enough room to proper look. Lots...More

Thank Elephantemg
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 1,087 nearby hotels
Days Hotel London- Waterloo
2,955 reviews
.25 km away
H10 London Waterloo
3,616 reviews
.37 km away
Park Plaza London Waterloo
2,297 reviews
.39 km away
Point A Hotel, London Westminster
2,925 reviews
.43 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 25,457 nearby restaurants
The Prince of Wales
602 reviews
.35 km away
Riverside 2
291 reviews
.32 km away
Cafe Ishaq
181 reviews
.26 km away
Three Stags
491 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 6,388 nearby attractions
Lower Marsh Market
49 reviews
.63 km away
Archbishop's Park
22 reviews
.48 km away
Paddington Green and St. Mary's Churchyard
13 reviews
.47 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
August 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Léon o | 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|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
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.