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.
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Posted: Fri Jan 4 2013
Located in the stately 1815 building that once housed the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the insane (aka Bedlam), the London branch of the IWM covers the history of twentieth-century conflict.
The museum holds an important art collection, much of it officially commissioned during WWI and WWII, examples of the machinery of war, official communications, manuscripts of war literature and other, more personal artefacts. 'The Holocaust Exhibition' is a permanent exhibition that uses objects, film, documents, photographs and survivors' testimony to bear witness to the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during WWII (not recommended for under-14s).
The family exhibition 'A Family in Wartime' tells the story of how ordinary people braved the challenges of life at home during WWII through the eyes of the Allpress family, who lived in Stockwell, London. Visitors can explore the inside of an Anderson shelter and walk through a re-created 1940s house interior, and there are hands-on features on gas attacks, air raid precautions and wartime entertainment. Also likely to appeal to the youngsters is 'Secret War', which looks at the development of MI5 and MI6 before WWI, Cold War intelligence work, and contemporary surveillance and spying techniques and technology. There are WWII portraits in 'People's War' and the world's largest collection of VCs, together with the stories of people who won them, in 'The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes'.
Please note: The museum partially reopened in July 2013 – without the 'large objects' (tanks, big guns and planes) – but closes completely for six months from Jan 6 2014 for the final phase of redevelopment. When it reopens for the Centenary of the Great War in July 2014, there will be new WWI galleries, a new shop and parkside café, and a reconfigured atrium to display those blockbuster objects. Excitingly, there will also be the largest retrospective of British First World War art for 100 years: the exhibition is called 'Truth and Memory', and will run until March 2015.
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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.