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Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

Dedicated to conserving, displaying and interpreting stories of the most devastating conflict in human history, IWM London is the first museum in the world to house Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries under the same roof.

With great creativity and sensitivity, the immersive exhibitions at the terrific Imperial War Museum provide a fascinating insight into the history of war and themes of conflict.

Inevitably the two World Wars feature heavily at the Imperial War Museum; however, they are covered in innovative ways. In the First World War Galleries, for example, there are original exhibits such as re-created trench, while some of the most fascinating World War II exhibits relate more to the impact on the lives of people  at home than to the business of fighting. One displays focuses on the experience of a London family, including the effects of food rationing and regular air raids.

The Holocaust Exhibition is a particularly poignant experience, while other highly original permanent displays  include Curiosities of War, which is full of unexpected items such as a wooden horse used to train new recruits in World War I and a makeshift sofa built by troops stationed in Afghanistan.

More conventionally, there are tanks, artillery and aircraft, including a Mark 1 Spitfire and a Harrier jet, on show in the main atrium.

Experience gallery



At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Lambeth North SE1.
  • Underground

    Waterloo, Elephant & Castle

"Conserving & displaying stories of the most devastating conflict in history"

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