Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum
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Imperial War Museum address and telephone

Imperial War Museum is located at: Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ
You can contact Imperial War Museum on Work +44 (0) 207 416 5000
The Imperial War Museum website can be visited at

Imperial War Museum opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Imperial War Museum is open to the public from: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Imperial War Museum
Time required:
A typical visit to Imperial War Museum lasts 2-3 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for Imperial War Museum is: Adults free entry

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Edmund Clark: State Control and the War of Terror   

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The big guns on the forecourt of the Imperial War Museum are just a taster for what’s on display – every kind of military might that you can imagine: guns, tanks, rockets, bombs, bi-planes, boats and subs from 1914 onwards.

The exhibits cover both World Wars, the Suez crisis in the fifties, the modern Gulf War and many other battles involving Commonwealth powers – from Korea to Vietnam.

British wars and battles

The World War I gallery tries to explain the issues arising out of pre-war Europe. The balance of power was shifting to and fro at an amazing rate, leading to treaties and agreements that pitched the world into war.

The Trench Experience recreates the day-to-day of life of a soldier in the mud and blood of British trenches.

World War II gets the fullest coverage, with mock-ups of the Blitz and a life-size bomb shelter. The museum is well-stocked with military vehicles, many of which have stories attached – like the tiny dinghy Tamzine, which was the smallest surviving boat at Dunkirk. Famous items like the German Enigma machine and V2 rocket are also on display.

Library-like exhibits detail the growth of the Nazi party – and Hitler’s rise to power. His military build-up, re-armament and isolation of the Jews in 1930s Germany is brought vividly to life with hundreds of photos, news-reels and newspaper articles.

This leads onto one of the most haunting floors in the Imperial War Museum – the Holocaust Exhibition. Depressing mementoes from extermination camps (like solitary shoes) pad out the stories and eye-witness accounts.

Other exhibits at the Imperial War Museum

Post-1945 military history is covered by a 30-minute documentary called Crimes Against Humanity. This graphic movie (certificate 12) describes the genocide and violence in places like Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Rwanda.

The Secret War section is maybe the most interesting exhibit for kids. It tells them all about our master spies and covert ops. It tells them how to gather intel, crack codes and spy on undesirables.

There is also a gallery filled with military medals and war mementoes. Amongst the exhibits are a captured Nery gun and three VCs.

  • ian meyer – “If you like war, like I do, then this museum is the place to go because you can actually see all the tanks and planes and armoured cars and bikes -- the real ones that they used during the war. The little artifacts dont interest me so much, the things like gas masks, ration books and anderson shelters, but they are there as well if you're old enough to remember those things. I love world war ii movies and going to the imperial war museum just brings all those old richard burton and richard attenborough movies to life because it brings it all home to you that these things actually happened. The spitfire is a beautiful machine. Look at one of them and tell me you there isnt a little bit of you that wouldnt like to go back and fly it in a battle.”
  • donald – “I didn'tknow this place was so big before I went there. It is absolutely huge, and it needs to be huge because of all the vehicles its got in it -- full size jeeps, tanks and even planes hanging from the ceiling. I only went to see the world war ii stuff because I’m a world war ii buff, and I must say that I was spoiled. I didnt bother with the holocaust exhibition because frankly that is too depressing, and they had a lot of other stuff that didnt interest me -- like what peoples 1940s houses looked like, with all the old fashioned soap and mangles, but even taking out all of that there was still loads to see., They had a mock-up of a trench and what it was like in the blitz, but the stuff that I really went to see was the machines. And they have got everything, even the little field guns. You cant help but be proud when you see that spitfire -- the most beautiful plane ever built. And some of the machines eve”

> Events at Imperial War Museum

   to Imperial War MuseumLondonThe Imperial War Museum will be putting on an exhibition by Edmund Clark, exploring State control and the War on Terror.

   to Imperial War MuseumLondonMahwish Chishty's exhibition of art at the Imperial War Museum combines Pakistani folk art with unmanned spy drones.

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> National Maritime Museum The National Maritime Museum contains the actual jacket that Admiral Nelson wore at Trafalgar.
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> Churchill War Rooms Home to Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime government during the dark days of World War II.
> National Army Museum The National Army Museum in London tells the history of the British Army from the early 16th-century.

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