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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. Put Imperial War Museum into our London trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The exhibits are presented well. Our teenage grandson enjoyed the weaponry, and the section on spies. We liked the home front and holocaust exhibits also.  more »
  • WW1 exhibit is extensive and really well done. Really cool animations and real life models of trucks, submarines, bombs. Worth the visit- especially since it's free.  more »
  • Another one of London's great museums. Free entry and good location for public transport. representation of many era's and conflicts. A wonderful tribute on the top floor to heores, and medal winners ...  more »
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  • Amazing. Great experience, lots to see. I used to live 2 minutes away and I remember it being a little more 'interactive. There used to be a 'Blitz Experience' and a 'Trench Experience' which are not there now. I missed them. You also used to be able to sit in and touch a few more things but, I guess because of their age and popularity, they've been cordoned off now. My 7 yr old daughter loved it. To quote her, "So much history Daddy!". The restaurant has a great selection of freshly cooked food which was reasonably priced. The door staff/bag checkers are great fun. They also have lockers you can put your stuff in which were incredibly useful - it meant we could enjoy the museum without having to lug bags and coats around. As it's free to enter we would definitely visit again and again.
  • Imperial War Museum is a very educational place to learn about the human side of warfare. The coverages on World War I and II are excellent. One could spend five hours here, and not see everything. In 3.5 hrs, we only covered 1.5 floors! Video displays were very good, provided more info to the subjects. Would highly recommend.
  • I went today to visit the world war one exhibition and the Holocaust floors. A great museum that is free so no excuses not to go and check out some history. Good clips and photos from the times and a chance to see faces that are no longer with us. The grounds and the park next door are also wonderful places to walk.
  • I had no really idea of the layout of the museum. The hall is amazing as you walk up to it. Loads to see and read. If you get chance to see the holocaust exhibition I would recommend it. I would not send any kids in unless they are doing that subject in their later years at secondary school, even then it is a emotional exhibition to go round.
  • Amazing museum with much to see and do! Any lover of military history will be in heaven! Yet it's interesting enough that even none history buffs will enjoy it! Totally free admission and they even let us bring our luggage in