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Imperial War Museum

History Museum and Art Museum
Lambeth, London, Greater London, London
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  • Giota P.
    "You definitely must visit the Holocaust Exhibition"(8 Tips)
    Tom Č.
    "The Secret War exhibition is stunning!"(3 Tips)
    Fatih K.
    "1st World War section is even better."(2 Tips)
    Dave M.
    "The holocaust section on the third floor is amazing."(2 Tips)
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  • SaltyMilkTea
    SaltyMilkTeaMarch 22, 2015
    Great museum! Spacious lot of places to sit. Very high tech- lot of interactive displays. Distribute your energy wisely- because you WILL get tired!
  • Dragos M.
    Dragos MargoiMarch 13, 2016
    The IWM was created in 1917 to collect and display material relating to World War I. In 1939 the Museum started adding artefacts from the Second World War, including memorabilia from modern conflicts.
  • Jeku A.
    Jeku ArceFebruary 10, 2015
    The Holocaust was very detailed. Lots of great information & interactive displays. The WWI Art exhibit was my favorite when I went Feb 2015. The Afghanistan exhibit was my 2nd favorite.
  • Ollie B.
    Ollie BarbieriOctober 1, 2015
    Such a great museum. Set aside a good amount of time though. If like me you like to read everything, it will take you at least an hour to get through just WW1
  • Zara
    ZaraFebruary 5, 2015
    One of the best museums in the world. So many exhibits means that you can easily spend a whole day engrossing yourself in history here. Cafe staff are rude but the museum staff are great.
  • Gagan J.
    Gagan JainAugust 7, 2014
    Love the revamped museum. Only advice is to have enough time available when you go here. Anything less than 3 hours and you may have to skip a floor or two.
  • Stevie W.
    Stevie WonderMarch 26, 2015
    Great experience. Takes about 3 hours to see everything. Free lockers bring £1 coin.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaylorSeptember 29, 2014
    Free entry and a new basement level make this classic London museum a must visit for locals and tourists alike. The permanent Holocaust exhibition is a harrowing highlight.
  • Paolo T.
    Paolo TagliaferriAugust 25, 2012
    This is a must for any military enthusiast. Excellent display of armor and airplanes, plus nice exhibitions depicting various key historical moments for the United Kingdom and the world.
  • Gordon P.
    Gordon PayneJanuary 6
    You'll go from wow to sorrow and back again - one of London's best exhibitions and it's free! Make sure you give generously though.
  • Nuutti H.
    Nuutti HyttinenMarch 29, 2011
    This is a must see when visiting London. Been there three times so far and still there remains a lot more to see. Start your way from WWI and work your way upwards for the best experience!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMarch 22, 2012
    This free museum is a must-see for history lovers! There are a lot of interesting exhibitions, so be sure to take the time to get the full experience.
  • Emma W.
    Emma WijningaSeptember 15, 2016
    Great museum, great collection in a perfect chonological order. Easy to understand, no need to read all the info. A must visit when in London.
  • David L.
    David LongworthMarch 20, 2015
    Recently renovated (they expanded down into the basement) it's even better. First class curating and exhibition design.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BrilliAugust 23, 2015
    The WWI exhibition was meticulously curated. Nice blend of artifacts and multimedia storytelling.
  • Fatih K.
    Fatih KuranMay 18, 2015
    Definitely worth to visit. 1st World War section is even better. I would come again with my son
  • Londonist
    LondonistAugust 15, 2010
    Two lesser-visited parts you must see: The Sargent Room, with huge canvasses of WWI and the Crimes Against Humanity film. Both are on the third floor.
  • Matthew S.
    The IWM has some incredible artifacts, and displays them in engaging and informative ways. Among London's world class museums, this one stands out.
  • Roxanna
    RoxannaAugust 23, 2014
    Don't miss the Holocaust exhibit starting on 4th floor! Long long queues for WWI exhibit on ground floor & so crowded that one can't really see anything, so will be back again soon!
  • 'Mista Montana C.
    Quite a nice one. Lots of stuff to remind you of loads of people being killed. They do lovely scones too
  • Jiri K.
    Jiri KramApril 13, 2012
    Great venue with a lot of exhibits from both world wars. If you love military history it is a must for you in London.
  • Robert P.
    Robert PJuly 11, 2011
    Visit the Ashcroft Gallery on the top floor.It's always quiet up here. There's part of Lord Ashcroft's massive collection of Victoria Cross medals, most with a moving story on how they were awarded.
  • Sergej
    SergejNovember 14, 2010
    Very impressive museum with displays from WW1 to WW2, cold war, post cold war. If you have strong nerves visit Holocaust exhibition in 4th floor as well. Museum closes at 6oo pm - free admittance.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Combine this with the Tibetan peace garden, kids play ground and park adjacent for a free family day out
  • Francesco S.
    Francesco SommarivaDecember 21, 2014
    Great museum, the ground floor on world war I is a must
  • Malay N.
    Malay NagdaJuly 26, 2015
    One can have a look at Enigma as well.
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKFebruary 15, 2011
    The museum is located in the former Royal Bethlem Hospital for the mentally ill (from where the term ‘bedlam’ comes). The iconic guns at the front are 15 inch naval cannon, both used in action in WW2.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    Antique guns, tanks, aircraft and artillery are parked in the main hall of this imposing edifice, built in 1814 as a lunatic asylum (the Bethlehem Royal Hospital, aka Bedlam). Read more
  • Britannica
    BritannicaAugust 3, 2011
    Upon opening in 1920 its focus was on World War I, but it has since been extended to include subsequent military engagements. The museum moved to Lambeth Road in Southwark in 1936
  • Tee
    TeeJanuary 17, 2015
    The WWI section on the ground flpor is worth a visit alone. Very very interesting and educational.
  • Elena Q.
    Elena QbJanuary 11, 2014
    They refurbished and they did quite a good job, particularly around the 2nd world war which was already their forte before.
  • National Maritime M.
    Look out for the ‘Tamzine’, the smallest survivor of the ‘little ships of Dunkirk’ – hundreds of private vessels that evacuated over 300,000 Allied troops from France in 1940. Find your maritime story Read more
  • Henrique X.
    Henrique XavierFebruary 15, 2015
    Nice museum with lots to see. Two hours just for WWI. The presentation is very beautiful but a bit confusing.
  • Miklós B.
    Miklós BalázsApril 24, 2016
    Only the part about the first World War is about a war of the British Empire (if that makes a difference to you, be warned).
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClampOctober 27, 2014
    Highly recommend a visit, very well presented for the 1WW centenary. Learnt a lot.
  • Andy M.
    Andy MetcalfeAugust 19, 2014
    Amazing day here, did holocaust exhibition. Not nice because of subject matter but very informative
  • Colin Z.
    Colin Z.November 24, 2016
    Outstanding. Try to come when school groups aren't there. They were everywhere when we went.
  • Adela
    AdelaNovember 20, 2015
    Lovely museum about wars! Truly recommend not only to war fans!
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HayesDecember 16, 2010
    A little out of town, but worth a visit for history or warfare buffs. The Holocaust exhibit in particular is incredibly well-done.
  • Justin V.
    Justin Van EmmerikJanuary 24, 2016
    Check out the Harrier hanging from the roof. Great Museum for a quick visit.
  • Zach S.
    Zach StockwellFebruary 23, 2015
    Wonderful, free exhibits. Much improved over the past several years.
  • Mario T.
    Mario Terra NetoOctober 16, 2015
    One of the best museum in great britain. Very interactive.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NikolaouOctober 13, 2012
    great experience. Also, as many British museums, no admission fee! :)
  • Ossi S.
    Ossi SydAugust 6, 2014
    The exhibition has been seriously dumbed down. It's difficult to form an overall picture of the events. If you want to broaden your historical perspective, look elsewhere.
  • Emerson P.
    Emerson PoveyDecember 2, 2016
    Go hear about the Berlin Wall - they do a quick talk at noon
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinNovember 26, 2015
    Educational, entertaining and free. Great place to take children.
  • Ozan A.
    Ozan ArdorOctober 21, 2014
    last room of the museum at the top auschwitz and movies about the genocide ,shocking.Stunning museum.Must see
  • Rhea S.
    Rhea SkinnerMarch 19, 2012
    Make sure you've got plenty of time - there's a lot to see so take your time!
  • Alexia K.
    Alexia KAugust 25, 2014
    Beautifully renovated by foster and partners! Must visit!
  • meryem t.
    meryem t.August 14, 2016
    Great museum for history lovers.
  • Nora L.
    Nora LightSeptember 3, 2016
    This museum full of war arts, I like it but it should be more organized
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The surrounding park is as worth as the museum itself
  • Reanna K.
    Reanna Keer-KeerJanuary 7, 2016
    Great art collections and exhibitions on the 3rd floor
  • AiChing S.
    AiChing SanSeptember 20, 2012
    Amazing museum. Needs a whole day to finish looking at everything. An underrated museum.
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.March 29, 2015
    The collection itself is good, but the shouting, chewing, rude crowds showing no respect for the horrors depicted ruin everything for me. Disappointing.
  • Craig R.
    Craig RFebruary 10, 2015
    Visiting the 1st World War Exhibition - you need several hours to get round all five floors!
  • Kasia K.
    One of the best museums I've ever seen!
  • Sergii I.
    Sergii IatsenkoJune 18, 2015
    Great war is good, 2nd WoW not, nuclear bombs! V1 and V2 is great
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerNovember 21, 2015
    The secret war, holocaust and first world war sections struck me
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 4, 2015
    Great collection of war artifacts and weaponry. Limited food options though.
  • Theo S.
    Theo SAntoAugust 20
    The imperial war Museum is a must see in London!
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The holocaust section on the third floor is amazing.
  • Ceara P.
    Ceara PixieAugust 12, 2016
    The holocaust exhibition is brilliant? A must see!
  • Simone P.
    Simone P.October 6, 2014
    Really interesting museum, especially about WWII...
  • Önder B.
    Önder BingölNovember 9, 2014
    Tanks, aircrafts, V1/V2 missiles and loads of relics from the first and second WW.
  • Purple Frog
    Purple FrogMay 20, 2011
    Seek out the War Artists exhibitions - one of our greatest talents used to interpret one of our worst. Read more
  • Georgina J.
    Georgina JenkinsAugust 17, 2015
    The museum is really interesting and fun to go to.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MorogMarch 18
    Awesome WW1 exhibit walking you through from start to finish.
  • Ankur P.
    Ankur PatelAugust 24, 2014
    The vc gallery is fantastic
  • Amber Books Ltd
    Amber Books LtdAugust 10, 2011
    The research rooms have got some interesting rare books, and regimental histories
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielNovember 19, 2015
    Amazing museum!!!! Worth paying a visit
  • Owen
    OwenOctober 17, 2015
    Lots more information about more modern wars than there used to be
  • University of Westminster
    Free entry into the Imperial War Museum and it's right near our International House hall of residence.
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila Morais SoaresSeptember 28, 2015
    The best museum I've ever visited!
  • Krishna S.
    Krishna SrinivasanAugust 30, 2014
    Free admission, great exhibits. Give yourself the full day
  • David L.
    David LongworthMay 25, 2015
    The renovation was really well done. Endlessly interesting.
  • Ville V.
    Ville VatanenDecember 18, 2016
    Good exhibitions on WW1 and holocaust.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VaughanFebruary 13, 2011
    Make sure to take a whole day, as there is so much to see
  • Giota P.
    Giota PapJanuary 2, 2014
    You definitely must visit the Holocaust Exhibition
  • Christer F.
    Christer FredrikssonAugust 12, 2016
    Information of first worldwide war. And the nazis concentration camp on second worldwide war.
  • Zoe B.
    Zoe BidgoodMarch 12, 2011
    The Holocaust exhibition is harrowing and incredibly well-done.
  • Sara P.
    Sara PorroOctober 3, 2010
    Check out the amazing The Ministry of Food exhibition. Really worth the time
  • Julieta G.
    Julieta GalloMarch 6, 2015
    The best museum war.
  • Cyndie D.
    Cyndie Da RochaApril 3, 2016
    Great Museum for a Sunday afternoon in family.
  • Barbara
    BarbaraFebruary 4, 2016
    Do NOT miss the Secret Wars Pavillion
  • Stephen D.
    Stephen DennisonSeptember 12, 2011
    9/11 Hanger 17 slideshow (turn right on entry) is incredibly poignant and moving.
  • Gene J.
    Gene JohnsonDecember 3, 2012
    Have a walk in the lovely peace garden
  • Jimmy D.
    Jimmy DanielsJune 17, 2011
    I come to walk in the garden as very beautiful.
  • Alia T. Z.
    Alia T. ZulkifliDecember 14, 2012
    The Holocaust Exbition is a must see!
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterJanuary 1, 2010
    i really enjoy the "Crimes against humanity: an exploration of genocide and ethnic violence" film in the permanent collection. Read more
  • Frau G.
    Frau GrylOctober 29, 2015
    Must see in London.
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BrownApril 22, 2016
    Everything
  • Shane B.
    This place loves British imperialism.
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 13, 2015
    Some excellent exhibits.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MeowJuly 16, 2016
    The Holocaust section nearly made me cry.
  • Suzi W.
    Suzi WaddellSeptember 20, 2014
    Not the most intuitive set-up to walk around, but loads to see.
  • Tom Č.
    Tom ČernohousAugust 31, 2013
    The Secret War exhibition is stunning!
  • Bex L.
    Bex LewisDecember 3, 2009
    Spent many hours here researching wartime posters (ww2poster.co.uk) - fascinating material. Mix of technology, culture, "experiential"... Read more
  • Julio D.
    Julio De AngeliMarch 27, 2010
    One of the best museums in London.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WellsAugust 18
    Good WWI exhibits...
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe CerdaDecember 5, 2015
    El Spitfire en la entrada es lo mejor! El Harrier también es impresionante. También no se pueden perder el águila nazi que decoraba la cancillería alemana durante la 2da guerra mundial en Berlín.
  • Jefferson L.
    Jefferson LisboaMay 2, 2016
    A parte sobre a Primeira Guerra Mundial no andar 0 é bem interativa, vale a pena dar uma olhada. Também tem uma andar abordando o holocausto. Ótimo museu (Y)
  • Los Viajes d.
    Los Viajes de PituApril 15, 2016
    Un museo con valor incalculable. Y uno de los mejores museos de la guerra a nivel mundial. Recomendado👍👍👍
  • Enrique
    EnriqueJune 26, 2016
    Almas sensibles, absteneos de visitar la exposición sobre la II Guerra Mundial. Crudeza y realidad en estado puro, pero es historia 😢
  • Rodrigo B.
    Um Museu fantástico que exibe relíquias que infelizmente existiram. Mas a história está ai para nos mostrar sobre erros e acertos!
  • Mahmoud A.
    Mahmoud AbuFaddaNovember 22, 2015
    التشيش و لهــــــنا, ولا #السميد و البــلاالرجال و الزمان مافيهمــش أمان
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