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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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  • It had been a few years since our last visit and it’s much improved. The WW1 exhibition is excellent, we learned so much from this that we’d not appreciated before. The remainder of the museum covers ...  more »
  • was such an interesting place to visit and it was amazing how much was covered - all the way from world war one to present. it’s awe inspiring and it would be great for children and another benefit - ...  more »
  • I can’t believe such a place is free to visitors. The whole place is amazing, covering the First World War through to modern day. The displays were brilliant, reading some of the diary entries from th...  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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