Imperial War Museum in London

The Imperial War Museum, London tells us the stories of people’s experiences of the modern warfare from the World War I to conflicts of today. Based by the Lambeth Road, the museum has been expanding its collection since 1917. With a huge collection of objects, the museum gives people an insight into the stories and wartime experiences and has been preserving the same for generations to come.

imperial war museum front

Imperial War Museum

Plan Your Visit to IWM

The IWM is open every day between 10am and 6pm. However, the last admission into the museum is at 5.30pm. Admission to the museum is free but charged for some temporary exhibitions. Concession tickets are made available for students, seniors and the unemployed. Locker facilities and buggy locks are also available. However, ensure that you don’t take along large items of luggage or suitcases to this place. School and group visits can be arranged by an advance booking confirmation.

How to Get There

IWM can be easily accessed by public transport. The nearest tube stations are Waterloo and Elephant & Castle. The museum can also be accessed by bus, by car or coach as well. Visitors can also make use of the Cycle Hire Scheme docking stations at Lambeth Road and the St George’s Road.

imperial war museum inside

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What to See at IWM

IWM has a lot more stories and objects to showcase and hence it is recommended that you allow yourself at least two and a half hours for your visit through the museum. However, with more of new galleries, exhibitions, and on-site shops and cafes many of the visitors stay here for half-a-day or even more!  Filming and photography is also allowed in the museum. Galleries at the museum include

  • First World War Galleries (approximate 90 minutes)
  • New Atrium and Witnesses to War and Levels 1 & 2 (approximate 120 minutes)
  • Exhibition on the Holocaust (approximate 90 minutes)

Refreshments Available

The café at the museum is open every day between 10am and 5.30pm and serves a range of British handmade food prepared fresh every day.

Visitors can choose to shop from a range of books, DVDs, CDs, posters and stationary, gift ideas, clothing and other accessories as souvenirs from the museum shops.

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