Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience

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A WWII lift descends to a 1940s world of rationing, evacuation and land girls where visitors can listen to broadcasts made by Churchill, Chamberlain, Roosevelt, Hitler and Lord Haw Haw or take refuge from the London Blitz in an Anderson shelter or a crowded underground air raid shelter equipped with bunks, canteen and miniature library. In an evocative mock-up of a bombed-out London street the remains of a cinema, a pub and homes smoulder, air raid sirens wail and the bombing continues overhead.


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If you are looking for excitement, for rides, for interactive 21st Century things, this is not the museum for you! This museum is not a great institution like the Imperial War Museum, that probably has government funding. It is a privately owned museum and no doubt lives and survives thanks to it's entrance fees. There are no flash and tourist trap things like at the London Dungeon next doors. As a matter of fact, if you don't know it's there, you will hardly take notice of it! But I go there, every time I am in London. I have visited the museum about ten times now, and never have I been disappointed. But it all depends on what you are looking for. I am a historian. I am looking for the feel of the blitz and the war, that you can not feel out on the modern day streets of London, where at best, you might find a building with some damaged bricks. When you get in to this museum, you leave 2012 and step back in time. It even smells 1940 and war. But sure, if you don't like that, don't go here. I do! I love sitting down beside the dolls in the "tube station" recreation and watch an hour long film, that sets me in the right mood and remind me of facts. Then you move out in to the small museum. One of my favourites, is the wedding cake out of card stock, that had to be rented since sugar, butter, everything needed to bake, was rationed. You see things here, that no other museum bothers with. In a sense, this is a home front museum, a museum that shows a lot about the women's situation. Which is probably why it is not so well liked. It's not a crowd pleasing museum, it's educational. That is why you often find school classes visiting here. Go visit some of the WWII museums in Normandy, and you will soon understand why this museum is as good or better. If you are not seriously interested in WWII and what things looked like, smelled like, sounded like, stay away from this museum and go to see how Harry Potter was made or to some other tourist trap!