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Imperial War Museum
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US$43.73*
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
Ranked #34 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a ok place to visit. It doesn't have a lot to see. There is a boat displaced there was used during the Dunkirk rescue, impressive.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an "Imperial" war museum I expected to see something from the days of Empire (i.e. 1800s). But this museum has nothing from before WW1. Which is a shame because it was such an interesting time for military history: Crimean War, Indian Mutiny, and many "little wars" in India, Afghanistan, Africa & China. Compared to the Musee de L'armee in Paris and Canadian War Museum in Ottawa I gotta say this museum was a disappointment.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to spend the day looking round but found it very emotional.looking round at all the war exhibits and the videos breaks your heart , so many lives lost and so many very brave people.Has to be said though this is a very worth while visit and of course it's free , but a donation is a must .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

took my son and father for a cross generational trip to the war museum
my son (11) loved it as much as my dad (77)

Thank smarbers
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting museum. Having been renovated in 2000, it has a good layout and a super array of old planes, tanks missiles. The renovation sadly did away with the WWI Trenches experience that I had been looking forward to seeing. But the Holocaust Exhibition has been put in its place and is very effective- especially the videotaped interviews with survivors. Although low light is understandable to retain the quality of the items on display, in some cases it was hard to read labels.

Like all public UK museums, it is free to enter. Its shop is reasonable and we liked the lockers to store our own items. Only other disappointment was an unusual Munnings painting is not on display but away for the year in the USA. Overall, a great experience and a very worthwhile visit.

Thank Sally R
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