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Imperial War Museum

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Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7416 5000
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IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the...

IWM London tells the stories of people's experiences of modern war from the First World War to conflicts today. Mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme over 2016 and experience our ground-breaking First World War Galleries. Our IWM Contemporary art programme continues with work by protest photographer Edward Barber from 26 May - 4 September 2016 and works by artist Mahwish Chishty later in 2016. From 28 July 2016 artist-photographer Edmund Clark presents an exhibition exploring hidden experiences of state control, touching on issues of security, legality and ethics during the 'Global War on Terror'. Discover astonishing acts of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, delve into the world of espionage in Secret War and explore key moments of the Second World War in the award-winning Holocaust Exhibition. Find out how Britain's armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security in Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, until 13 November 2016.

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The best museum we have visited, although it deals with conflict it has been very imaginatively laid out and told, allow plenty of time , we had four hours and saw less than half... read more

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The best museum we have visited, although it deals with conflict it has been very imaginatively laid out and told, allow plenty of time , we had four hours and saw less than half so will have to return, entry is free and there are good facility's on site.

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Unexpectedly we found this day out fascinating, for tourists and multi-generational Londoners alike. So much to see you wont get bored here, and it gives a real flavor of what past London life was like (even beyond the war impact). Gruesome in places but moving overall, and well worth the free admission (!) and long walk from E&C or Westminster... More 

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Free entrance. Through graphics and actual material from WW I and II, this museum is really enlightening about the military events which took place in the XX century.

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First of all its free. That says alot. The content is excellent. Several different areas ranging from WWI to the Holocaust to WWII and beyond. I spent nearly 3 hours and probably only reviewed 25% of the items. A must for any history buff. The grounds are also very nice with a large park next door.

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This is a playground for kids. Fun and educational. But also a learning tool for any visitor. This museum won't dissapoint.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply WOW! I was blown away by this museum. The museum includes personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, and oral history recordings; an extensive library, a large art collection, and examples of military vehicles and aircraft, equipment and other artifacts. It's a very interactive experience which engages you and helps draw you in. There is so much... More 

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Please make it a goal to stop by the IWM. It's a little out of the way from central London, but it has the most extensive collection of WWI & WW2 memorabilia I have ever seen. You need to cut out at least a half a day, so make sure you have this on your agenda. For the novice history... More 

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Excellent place to visit it makes you remember what others did for us in all the wars. Great displays and loads of information to read through so allow a few hours

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This is such a fantastic museum that I have been waiting years to fishing after visiting about 8 years ago for the first time. They go into such depth in the exhibits about the wars and conflicts that you could spend days reading everything. If you interested in this type of stuff plan to spend a long day there and... More 

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Fabulous museum Every floor so interesting and held the kids concentration,the holocaust exhibition was very moving/disturbing not for young kids but you are warned about that before you go in

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Stroud, United Kingdom

Sorry, but the visit I and a friend made at Christmastime was NOT good – have been chuntering about it ever since, but only now had time to register our experience. First, I should say that neither of us is so young: one cannot climb up many stairs at a time, the other cannot go either up or down, both walk quite slowly. Fortunately the comparatively shallow steps at the main entrance were possible for us both. But once inside there is nowhere to sit down. I was early, so therefore opted for a preliminary walk around. The full flight of stairs down to the lower level greets one almost as soon as inside the main hall. Once on the main concourse there I headed for the First World War exhibition, thinking to have a quick preliminary look before coming back later – not a good idea: it is very tight in its layout – people spending time reading detailed information obstruct the way of others wanting to move more quickly. No alternative routes or intermediate way of exiting, had to continue zig-zagging to the end (was running out of time). Then had to queue at the main enquiry desk (only one person manning it) to find out where the lifts were (not signed). They are right at the rear of the main hall. Once back up on the main entrance level, had to walk all the way round the side gallery and through a secondary shop area to return to the front entrance. Asked there if there was somewhere I could sit to wait for my friend; a helpful member of staff said he would fetch 'the' chair for me. He came back and said he was sorry, he couldn't find it. Just then I spotted my friend sitting near the entrance doors, on the said chair, ie, only one available chair (ordinary office or café type) . . . Then, since my friend could not do the flight of stairs down to the lower concourse, we had to work our way right round to the rear of the hall to reach the lifts; at least I now knew where they were – no signs of course. There are four lifts, set apart from one another (no seating while one waits for the next one), and then that dash to get to whichever comes first before its doors shut again. When we were leaving we commented to the pleasant young woman at the front door, who hoped we had enjoyed our visit, that the steps at the main columned entrance would defeat some people, and there was no sign there to say how anyone with mobility limitations could get access. She said there was a sign at the main entrance gate, directing people to a level entrance along the side (no covered way to same, no surprise there!). As it happened we both came via side gates where we didn't spot any such directions. We expressed our concern that that didn't equate with equality of access and bless her, she came out with that classic remark that annoys beyond measure: 'They can't do anything because it's a Listed building'. (So is Burlington House in Piccadilly, but the Royal Academy seem to have managed to effect ramped access). She kindly suggested we filled in a visitor feedback form if we wanted to comment; we thought that a good idea, until we learnt that one of us would have to go back down to the lower level enquiry desk to get hold of a copy. Signage is certainly an issue throughout the building – it was hard to find the café at the lower level – we laughed, saying it was probably good that it wasn't signed as it wouldn't be too busy (we were right). So much for stairs (many), seats (few), lifts (obscure), signage (meagre). Women with reduced visual acuity would be stumped by the use of unrelieved battleship grey in the ladies toilets – would struggle to work out which were the actual cubicle doors and how they opened. And the warren of those facilities must be alarmingly confusing for anyone with poor vision or the beginnings of dementia. I should like to think the facilities for men are better, but somehow doubt it. The Disability Discrimination Act was passed more than 20 years ago. If this was an old, unmodernised museum in a small town, the inadequacies of all these facilities would still be unacceptable; they certainly are in a nationally important museum in a capital city, and especially one that is publicly funded and has had a comparatively recent major refurbishments.

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