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: Mon Jul 21 2014
The IWM London has had on a major refit - by Foster & Partners architects - which opened in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the start 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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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.