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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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Great free experience that is a little bit of a walk to get to but worth it. Lots to see inside from a WW2 japanese fighter to taliban motocycle. There is a great LRDG truck that... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great free experience that is a little bit of a walk to get to but worth it. Lots to see inside from a WW2 japanese fighter to taliban motocycle. There is a great LRDG truck that was found in the desert and a Press landrover that got seriously brassed up in Iraq.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived about 10:30 and left at about 2. We didn't do floors 3 and 4 as 3 was not suitable for under 14s (holocaust) and 4 did not interest us. There is a lot to see and read and take in. Having just read David Walliams 'Grandpa's Great Escape', our boys were very interested in the Spitfires but there... More 

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We visited to have a general look around, it's free, a donation is probably expected but there's no pressure, you can leave your coats in a £1 refundable locker and you can eat there, not the lockers, but in the cafe!!! However if you want to see an amazing display, exhibition or understanding of what took place regarding World War... More 

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It's a 10 min walk from Waterloo station. It's a good size place so would recommend the full day if you want to get the maximum out of the trip. It's a place worth visiting but 5 levels.

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We spent a morning here looking around the various exhibits. There is so much to see and we are definitely going to come back!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Britain has fought in a lot of wars over the decades and centuries and a lot of history to show for it. Here is where it comes alive. The World War I and World War II sections are particularly robust and occasional free lectures (like the one I attended given by a historian by the Russian T-34 tank on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The IWM is a great resource for a atourist interested in the ways in which the UK has sought to project power outside its borders and protect itself inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I like it here and there is a lot to do inside the building as well you can experience the trenches in the war climb on an old plane and visit an old school room to outside the building are 2 cannons that you can take photos next to if you wish to do so and inside the building are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Brill attractions in lot of detail and with original facts and artefacts Kids running round though being very loud and not under control First 3 floors brilliant last 2 not as interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a little bit of everything, really cool espionage exhibit when I went. So much to see and do, you could probably spend a whole day there taking it all in.

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