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Imperial War Museum London, London

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Imperial War Museum London 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 London and other London attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Spent an amazing few hours at the Imperial War Museum........ and could have spent a lot longer. Brings the whole history and horror of war to life. Brilliant display of vehicles and ordinance in... 
    Spent an amazing few hours at the Imperial War Museum........ and could have spent a lot longer. Brings the whole history and horror of war to life. Brilliant display of vehicles and ordinance in...  more »
  • Good learning experience for everyone . From the trenches of world war 1, holocaust memorial, the troubles in Northern Ireland. It’s well layed out and quite informative. An excellent way to... 
    Good learning experience for everyone . From the trenches of world war 1, holocaust memorial, the troubles in Northern Ireland. It’s well layed out and quite informative. An excellent way to...  more »
  • Such an experience to visit the war museum. So many different areas to explore and can spend hours happily wondering. Highly recommended. 
    Such an experience to visit the war museum. So many different areas to explore and can spend hours happily wondering. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • Very modern building with interesting architecture, high ceilings and of course tanks, suicide gliders and spitfires a plenty. Really enjoyed the Christmas party we had there. Felt like an odd choice of venue going in but left a memory and a fantastic experience that will be remembered, taking me back again soon.
  • Great place to visit, superb range of artifacts on display. My daughter is studying WW2 at school so we went to visit the new exhibition. The display was very good itself, but difficult to keep children interested. There could be more available for children, to aid them in concentrating on the exhibit but generally very good. I'd like to have been given a children's fact booklet or something like a 'find me' page where children can look for particular items to spark their interest Enjoyed a nice, but expensive tea in the cafe and bought a few bits in the nice shop Great day out all in all. Needs a whole day to explore the whole museum or even one exhibition in full. Will definitely be back, I still want to visit the WW1 exhibition
  • I was last here 20 years ago. The WW1 and WW2 exhibits are so much better - fewer vehicles (lots of vehicles can be overkill and unnecessary), and more of a story telling arc, which in places is quite moving. Still very British centric as you would expect, but at least there is an attempt to tell the stories of individuals who weren't British. Would highly recommend. I didn't visit the Holocaust section as I thought it would be too upsetting.
  • Stunning - if you do one museum in London make it this one. I love the way they mix old video archive footage with exhibits to convey and tell the story. Best museum I have ever been to. Stunning and my 9 and 11 year old boys found it amazing - great food and fair pricing.
  • What a great place, the WW1 Exhibit was brilliant very informative and emmersive. The Holocaust exhibition was also very well done, very sad and moving. The family photographs and videos of the survivors were lovely. The coffee shop and gift shop aren't extortionate either which makes a nice change. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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