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Imperial War Museum, London

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#7 of 231 in Museums in London
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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  • One of my favourite places in London! Huge benefit of not being anyway near as crowded as the British Museum and NHM. Fascinating exhibits and you leave with the knowledge of so many stories of individuals in wartime. I'm sure to many the Holocaust exhibit is both harrowing and insightful and a must see if you're in the area. Obviously not recommended for young ones, although the rest of the museum is fine for all ages! Especially the WW1 section on the ground floor- fun, informative and interactive. Great way to spend a day.
  • Pretty good, displays and info short and sweet to keep your attention. Didn't get bored once and the 3 hours I was there went really quickly. The Holocaust exhibition was very well done, and the eye witness accounts of ordinary people made it captivating. However terrible as it may be it would have been better if you also heard personal accounts from the ordinary Germans themselves, and their opinions of the whole episode. But if you go through that whole exhibition without feeling any kind of emotion, you have not heart. But I think the whole thing was designed to be incredibly informative, but make you feel terrible at the same time.
  • As a museum professional myself, I was very impressed. We need to come back to London and when we do, this will be our first stop. Interesting materials for all ages and political affiliations. The exhibitions are beautifully crafted and the museum's approach to accessibility has me brainstorming some ideas for my own. Well done! It also doesn't hurt that this is one of the few museums in London that seems to have temperature control.
  • First time visiting this museum. I'm not too big into history, but the multimedia exhibits and eye-catching displays kept my attention for the couple hours spent here. Very well done. It's also free (donation recommended) which is nice as well. Worth a stop for anyone, and for those truly interested in WW1, WW2, or other aspects of British history, you will love it!
  • Highly recommend this museum for teenagers or for introducing kids to war topics. Because of time, I could only make it through the WW1 section. Its interactive, and has an imitation of the trenches at the end of the section. It's impressive in a sad way. The cafeteria looked very spacious. Highly recommended.
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