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.
Imperial War Museum
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Posted: Mon Jul 21 2014
Another of London’s great museums, IWM London has decided on a major refit- by Foster & Partners architects- in time for the 2014 centenary of World War I. The Central Hall is still the attention- grabbing repository of major artefacts: guns, tanks and aircraft hung from the ceiling (not least a Harrier GR9 that saw action in Afghanistan). Terraced galleries allow this section of the museum to also show a Snatch Land Rover from Iraq and an Argentine operating table from the Falklands. The already extensive World War I gallery has been expanded, and leads into the original displays for World War II.
The museum’s tone darkens as you ascend. On the third floor, the Holocaust Exhibition (not recommended from under-14s) traces the history of European anti-Semitism and its nadir in the concentration camps. Upstairs, Crimes Against Humanity (unsuitable for under-16s) is a minimalist space in which a film exploring contemporary genocide and ethnic violence rolls relentlessly.
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Holiday activities, History, Things to do, Military and maritime, Children
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...
Things to do
This family friendly event goes behind the scenes of critically acclaimed blockbuster War Horse with Jimmy Grimes. The Associate Puppetry Director for the production demonstrates how the puppets work and explains how the show came to fruition. The event...
Things to do
Create your own poppy using paper and wire and place it in the museum's ever-growing 'Poppy Field'. The installation remembers those who gave their lives to protect their country, from both world wars to present day conflicts. Open daily.
Film and video, Things to do
The Turner Prize-winning art duo premiere their new film work commissioned to commemorate the First World War centenary. The Wilson twins have embraced the concept of surveillance in their film and photographic work, and ‘Undead Sun’ draws on the history...
Things to do, Photography
As part of the launch of the Imperial War Museum's new First World War Galleries, this exhibition from British artist Mark Neville is a response to the war in Afghanistan. The work was commissioned by the IWM's Art Commissions Committee and arts association...
Things to do, Art
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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...
Things to do, Military and maritime
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...
Things to do, Military and maritime
There’s no glamour – and precious little glory – awarded to the thousands of soldiers who wrangle over the logistics of delivering post, moving equipment and making sure dinner is on the table for the uniformed personnel in Afghanistan. The Imperial War...
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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!
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...
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.
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.