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Imperial War Museum, London

4.4
#8 of 250 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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  • We had a couple of hours to spare and I used Trip Advisor to find something nearby to do. The Imperial War museum came up and although we don’t really follow military history we thought we would give ...  more »
  • A good visit to this museum with the guide's comments. Quite illuminating of the 2nd World War and the conditions of creation of the Museum. Relevant in many ways, the Museum is a true reflection on the conflict armed so far. I therefore recommend the guided tour of the Museum, on Wednesday there was a lot of school the morning it was a little hard. J ' have special! especially liked the piece on the silence (a seeing, hearing) simple and effective. Real moving moments with poetic videos. So not for military fans, but exciting for all.
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  • Great attraction, although it is free it is always good to add to the voluntary contributions. The staff know their stuff and it is worthwhile taking time to talk to them. The cafe serves some great refreshments as well. The exhibitions are laid out thoughtfully, we spent most of the morning there. The holocaust exhibition is as you would expect, thought provoking and sombre, but extremely memorable. I had been here as a kid and the overriding memory was the large guns to the entrance, it was good to see them there still and again as an adult.
  • Clearly huge amounts of money have been poured into this museum in recent years. The displays are impressive and there's a good sense of narrative in the WW1 section. The balance between appealing to children and providing detailed information is good. The rest of the museum is a bit more random feeling. It's very hard to move about certain exhibits if it's more than a little busy so it's worth trying to come at an off peak time. However, you can't really fault it for this considering entrance is free.
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