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Imperial War Museums, London

4.3
#7 of 257 in Museums in London
Imperial War Museums 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 Museums and other London attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This place used to be amazing, but now it’s thinned out completely and some poor displays. It used to have a complete 1940s house and interactive bomb shelter, plane you could get it. etc. Even the ho...  more »
  • This museum is far enough from the main tourist attractions that it is not overcrowded. This is a big plus since most of the big time museums were too hot and crowded for me to enjoy. The WWI exhibit ...  more »
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  • Phenomenal displays of WW I materials! One of the best. A little thin on WW II. Didn't see much on other wars, but outstanding museum nonetheless. Wonderful exhibit of planes and even rockets. Beautiful garden. And it's free!
  • It's a really interesting place . The Great War display is very impressive although the Trench is dated know. The Ashcroft collection is both impressive and overwhelming. It's impossible to take in all those acts of bravery and self sacrifice. The cafe is very good. No more expensive than you'd expect for London with an excellent outlook. Staff all through where excellent.
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