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Imperial War Museum, IWM London

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, London, SE1 6HZ
020 7416 5000
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Imperial War Museum London review

The Imperial War Museum is a day out for those who want to learn more about history. It’s a pretty split museum, as many of the areas are perfect for children, though they do dive into more historically accurate information, but when it comes to the Holocaust area – that’s really only a place for adults.

This museum has a lot more reading than other museums in London, with many, many plaques and areas where you can learn more information on whatever you are looking at. There are a few interactive areas where you can play little games that were released during the Imperial War or try on helmets and jackets. 

Reading through all of the different areas and spending time in the trenches and other interactive areas can suck up an entire day, as there really is a lot to read, see, and consume. A few areas inside the museum have changing exhibitions – which are free to go too – so you should look ahead to see if you want to visit those or what is on at the time you are going. 

The Holocaust area of the Imperial War Museum is a place that will really take you back. It strips away all of the play of the previous areas and shows the graphic damage that has been done to humanity during this war. They do not allow children under the age of 14 into this area, nor do they allow photographs, but it’s well worth taking a look if you can handle it and want to know more about the effects of war.

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FAQ and Further Information IWM London

Is there food and drink available?

There are two cafes inside the venue.

What are the main things to do?

War-themed museum with interactive exhibits and a thought-provoking Holocaust exhibition. There are toilets on-site and a choice of places to eat.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. The museum is free to visit (currently you must book a timeslot online).

Is there parking?

There is limited street parking nearby, as well as car parks by Waterloo and Elephant & Castle – though not at the venue specifically.

When are they open?

IWM London is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Guest post with thanks to Jupiter from Life with Jupiter and Dann – read her full review here – A day at the Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum, IWM London
Imperial War Museum, IWM London
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Imperial War Museum, IWM London
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