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Imperial War Museum, London

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Imperial War Museum helps visitors understand the British wartime experience by documenting the country's roles in World Wars I and II. Originally established in 1917 to memorialize British sacrifice in World War I, the museum expanded to record an even greater sacrifice a little over two decades later. Throughout the complex, you can view documents such as official orders, letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as artwork including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Listen to some of the 33,000 oral-history recordings and view over 350 vehicles and aircraft on display. World War I gallery exhibits a recreated trench. If the weather's agreeable, eat in the cafe, which opens out onto the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. Our London trip planning site makes visiting Imperial War Museum and other London attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • After several trips to London, we finally visited this free museum. We took the tube to Lambeth North then walked from there in about 10 minutes. It is signposted, but use your map too. The exhibit on...  more »
  • Small museum which sums up well the last conflicts of the past century. The Museum is free, it has 4 floors and it is very interesting because seen collectibles not seen elsewhere.
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  • We spent 2 days in London and as our hotel The Days Inn was nearly next to the museum this was somewhere I had always wanted to visit. My wife and I spent a couple of hours going round the WW1 floor a...  more »
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  • This place is great for foreigners and locals alike. It's first class. You don't have to pay for entrance although they suggest a donation of a few pounds. YOU can spend up to a few hours walking through the exhibits and learning about the first and second world wars. It's magnificently kept up. There are plenty of eating options in the museum as well as outside of the museum. It's a short 5 to 9 minute walk from the Elephant and Castle Tube station.
  • Wonderful experience with my 10 year old son. Free to get in . Outrageous!Charge a minimal fee. Donation a must via the donation boxes. We loved the 1st World War existing the best. Thank you Imperial War Museum for a wonderful day.
  • Free of charge. Went on a sarurday and was not too busy. Guide book is £5 and informative and interesting. The museum itself is full of great exhibits and visual props. Would be good for kids who need not read tons but can marvel in all of the machines/vehicles/ planes etc
  • For somewhere that's free it's was a good 3 hrs visit. World war 1 was very informative and interactive. The haulocost was very interesting and quite moving too. The cafe was also quite good and reasonable priced.
  • What a sobering experience. I highly recommend you visit if you're able. The Holocaust section is so sad...what a great reminder to do everything in our power to never let it happen again.

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