Imperial War Museum

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  • Address:

    Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd
    London
    SE1 6HZ

  • Venue phone:

    020 7416 5000

  • Venue website:

    www.iwm.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

  • Transport:

    Tube: Lambeth North

  • Price:

    Free

  • Map

    1. Imperial War Museum
      • Lambeth Rd
        London
        SE1 6HZ
      • 020 7416 5000
      • www.iwm.org.uk
      • 51.496009,-0.108328

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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

Things to do

Rationing didn't only mean a dowdy dinner table – World War Two's austerity measures affected clothing too, leaving the British public to adapt their fashions accordingly. Clearly the make-do-and-mend attitude was especially effective when it came to...

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
  1. Thu Mar 5 2015 – Mon Aug 31 2015
  2. Imperial War Museum
  3. £10, £7 concs, £5 under-16s
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Horrible Histories: Spies

Children, History, Military and maritime, Things to do, Holiday activities

Visit the revamped Imperial War Museum to see its major exhibition for families, which returns following the museum's recent reopening. The exhibition is based on the children's book series written by Terry Deary, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary...

Horrible Histories: Spies
  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Jan 4 2015
  2. Imperial War Museum
  3. £6.20, £4.40 concs, £3.30 children
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IWM Contemporary: Jane and Louise Wilson: Undead Sun

Things to do, Film and video

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Free

There were WWI centenary commissions aplenty in 2014, but with the Tower of London poppies now gone, it feels as though the time for such memorial gestures is coming to a close. Except at the Imperial War Museum, that is, where meditations on conflict...

IWM Contemporary: Jane and Louise Wilson: Undead Sun
  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Jan 11 2015
  2. Imperial War Museum
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Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

Art, Things to do

  • Rating: 5/5
  • Free

The war was just too big, confided Eric Kennington after he had completed his masterpiece ‘The Kensingtons at Laventie’ in 1915, one of the first things you’ll see in the ‘Memory’ section of this captivating two-part show. The authorities had hoped that...

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Mar 8 2015
  2. Imperial War Museum
  3. Free
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War Story: Afghanistan 2014

Military and maritime, Things to do

  • Free

The latest War Story display focusses on the withdrawal of British combat forces from Afghanistan in 2014 after 13 years of involvement, and the implications faced by both sides. The moving display presents the voices of people who have experienced the...

War Story: Afghanistan 2014
  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Sep 6 2015
  2. Imperial War Museum
  3. Free
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Laurence Butler

To put it simply, to visit the Imperial War Museum is a must for every single person on the planet! At the very least a compulsory trip should be available for every British school child.

Kristina

This is definitely my favorite museum in London, to come alone or to bring a date or a family member. The exhibition on Holocaust has left a lasting impression and the general variety of themes exhibited really taught me a lot that afternoon. Cannot wait to see what's new next time I visit!

PS

Still love going here after first being taken on a school trip.

Lyndon

Excellent museum with no queues! I took two children 11 and 13 and they loved it.

ayla

I love the war museum - it is definitely my all time favourite in London. It not only is interesting but gets you involved too and the 'old' feel it has to it makes it even better. The smell of the war musuem is one never to forget either...

Mr D Foster

I would wait until the refurbishments are finished, all the big things are gone from the main attrium and the down stairs is closed. The holocoust exhibition is excellent and the medals gallery in the loft are both excellent. My previous visit would have been 5 star, but my kids were disappionted by the missing stuff.

Nathan

Amazing for anyone with the slightest hint of interest in WWI & II. The cannons and shells out front are enough to make it worth stopping by. Also has a memorable section dedicated to the Holocaust. "The Blitz Experience" is a bit dated, but the museum would be fine without it. Couldn't of been happier to spend about 4 hours there.