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Imperial War Museum, London

4.3
#7 of 235 in Museums in London
Imperial War Museum helps visitors understand the British wartime experience by documenting the country's roles in World Wars I and II. Originally established in 1917 to memorialize British sacrifice in World War I, the museum expanded to record an even greater sacrifice a little over two decades later. Throughout the complex, you can view documents such as official orders, letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as artwork including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Listen to some of the 33,000 oral-history recordings and view over 350 vehicles and aircraft on display. World War I gallery exhibits a recreated trench. If the weather's agreeable, eat in the cafe, which opens out onto the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. Our London trip planning site makes visiting Imperial War Museum and other London attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I know it’s not the most important part of a museum visit but with an amazing, and very long traipse around it would be ideal to have a decent snack at the end/in the middle. £6.70 for the picture bel...  more »
  • We were lucky to have a beautiful fall day with the leaves changing in the park surrounding the museum. The poppy exhibit on the outside of the museum was moving. The museum is well organized and had ...  more »
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  • One of my favourite places in London! Huge benefit of not being anyway near as crowded as the British Museum and NHM. Fascinating exhibits and you leave with the knowledge of so many stories of individuals in wartime. I'm sure to many the Holocaust exhibit is both harrowing and insightful and a must see if you're in the area. Obviously not recommended for young ones, although the rest of the museum is fine for all ages! Especially the WW1 section on the ground floor- fun, informative and interactive. Great way to spend a day.
  • Pretty good, displays and info short and sweet to keep your attention. Didn't get bored once and the 3 hours I was there went really quickly. The Holocaust exhibition was very well done, and the eye witness accounts of ordinary people made it captivating. However terrible as it may be it would have been better if you also heard personal accounts from the ordinary Germans themselves, and their opinions of the whole episode. But if you go through that whole exhibition without feeling any kind of emotion, you have not heart. But I think the whole thing was designed to be incredibly informative, but make you feel terrible at the same time.
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