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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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I'll be honest I'm not a huge Museum fan, however working 5 mins from the IWM it made visiting during my lunch hour possible, and I have to say i found it fascinating and really... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'll be honest I'm not a huge Museum fan, however working 5 mins from the IWM it made visiting during my lunch hour possible, and I have to say i found it fascinating and really enjoyable. I personally found the spy section along with all of their gadgets really interesting. It's free to visit and has beautiful gardens so definitely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The IWM is putting on an excellent show on the centenary of the First World War. It is not your typical maps and guns, there is a lot of study of the way the war impacted the home front and life in general. Well worth the trip - take some time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was taken here as a surprise this weekend. I would highly recommend anyone visiting the city to make time to visit this museum. It requires a good 3/4 hours to get around but it's easy to negotiate and there is plenty of room to move about. Ideal for couples and families.Some of the exhibits have interactive stations for children... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The walk up is impressive once through the door it's amazing. The Second World War information was great. I saw some stuff about the company my Grandad was with its was strange to think of him fighting in Burma all those years ago. The Holocaust exhibition was informative but so moving. We stopped for lunch and the onsite cafe was... More 

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What an amazing experience! We have not been here for a few years and it has been modernised. The holocaust area is so moving and if you have not visited Aushwist then this gives you a little insight. There are things to do for all ages. The trenches are gone which is a shame but they have been replaced by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with a group of friends from school, we all did A-level History together 6/7 years ago and had a total wargasm! Top tip: Ask for "takeaway" fries at the café and get a triple portion!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a very rainy New Year's Day the museum was open and provided an interesting 3 hours of history. We were most impressed with the gallery about the work of secret agents and how that had developed over the years. The various artworks were very good. the gallery dedicated to acts of bravery was fitting and respectful. We were pleased... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My son is a war buff, and probably could have spent all day on the first floor with the WW1 exhibit, we also did the secret war exhibit, and a little of the 2nd floor as well. Well worth it, and a short walk from Elephant and Castle tube station.

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No matter how much I read or watch about the holocaust and wwII I will still be shocked the next time I hear something. The exhibition at the imperial war museum was haunting. The videos that played around the exhibit allowed a first person account to be given. And videos of things I'd never seen before were shocking. Be prepared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing venue, very well laid out, great lockers for storage, clean toilets, lovely cafe. And the exhibits are just fantastic... some fascinating artefacts from the two wars, really interesting Blitz and spy sections - and the Holocaust floor is, as you would expect, very interesting but very moving. The medal exhibit on the top floor was also really fascinating. Highly... More 

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