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Imperial War Museum London, London

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Imperial War Museum London 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 Museum London and other London attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The holocaust story was absolutely amazing it should be a compulsory visit for all over the age of 14 we spent 7 hours just on that floor. Didn’t have time for much else. So worth it 
    The holocaust story was absolutely amazing it should be a compulsory visit for all over the age of 14 we spent 7 hours just on that floor. Didn’t have time for much else. So worth it  more »
  • Visited over 2 days & still not enough time. I spent most of my time in the holocaust exhibit & still unable to thoroughly complete it. An incredible exhibit with an amazing array of personal insight....  more
    Visited over 2 days & still not enough time. I spent most of my time in the holocaust exhibit & still unable to thoroughly complete it. An incredible exhibit with an amazing array of personal insight....  more »
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  • Very modern building with interesting architecture, high ceilings and of course tanks, suicide gliders and spitfires a plenty. Really enjoyed the Christmas party we had there. Felt like an odd choice of venue going in but left a memory and a fantastic experience that will be remembered, taking me back again soon.
  • Great place to visit, superb range of artifacts on display. My daughter is studying WW2 at school so we went to visit the new exhibition. The display was very good itself, but difficult to keep children interested. There could be more available for children, to aid them in concentrating on the exhibit but generally very good. I'd like to have been given a children's fact booklet or something like a 'find me' page where children can look for particular items to spark their interest Enjoyed a nice, but expensive tea in the cafe and bought a few bits in the nice shop Great day out all in all. Needs a whole day to explore the whole museum or even one exhibition in full. Will definitely be back, I still want to visit the WW1 exhibition

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