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The Imperial War Museum London was founded in 1917 to show the impact war had on Britain and to show the progress in war-related technology the humanity has created. It tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. The museum has both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Themes covered in the permanent exhibition include the Holocaust, the work of Britain's Special Forces, espionage and how ordinary families lived during wartime. Its collections include archives of personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, recordings, an art collection, military vehicles and aircraft and equipment.

Alternative name:

en IWM London

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
SE1 6HZ London

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology



Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm

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This museum has no entrance fee!

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  • Coffee

  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible


Lambeth Road, London, England


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Imperial War Museum London has 2 ratings.

Saturday, August 29, 2020 Aug 29, 2020

I took 2 of my grandsons to the museum on 19 August......I had visited the museum many times with my own children who really loved their visits. It was hands on and we all have great memories of our visits. My son is now a major in the Army and before I took my grandsons aged 4 and 6 he did remark that i would find it very different. Indeed I did I found it totally un-child friendly, I heard a member of staff shout at some small boys who had the temerity to touch one of the vehicles on display (although there was no do not touch notice on it). There was nothing interactive and very little on for example the Burma campaign of the second world war. I have taken grandchildren to the army museums in London and Aldershot and to the D Day museums which were wonderful with helpful friendly staff and lots of interactive things to do. I would not advise anyone to visit this museum and we had a very disappointing day.

  Visited on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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