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IWM London

  • Lambeth Rd. Map It
  • South Bank
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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Despite its name, the cultural venue formerly known as the Imperial War Museum (one of five IWM branches around the country) does not glorify either Empire or bloodshed but emphasizes understanding through conveying the impact of 20th- and 21st-century warfare on citizens and soldiers alike. After a major renovation, a dramatic six-story atrium at the main entrance encloses an impressive amount of hardware—including a Battle of Britain Spitfire, a German V2 rocket, tanks, guns, and submarines—along with accompanying interactive material and a café. The First World War galleries explore the wartime experience on both the home and fighting fronts, with the most comprehensive collection on the subject in the world—some 1,300 objects ranging from uniforms, equipment, and weapons to letters and diaries. Three permanent exhibitions in the Second World War galleries shed light on that conflict: an extensive and haunting Holocaust exhibition; A Family In Wartime, which documents

the story of one London family living through the Blitz; and Turning Points 1934–1945, which relates key moments in the conflict to objects on display. Peace and Security 1945–2015 looks at more contemporary hostilities, including the Cold War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. Other galleries are devoted to works relating to conflicts from World War I to the present day by painters, poets, documentary filmmakers, and photographers. James Bond fans won't want to miss the intriguing Secret War Gallery, which charts the work of secret agents.

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Lambeth Rd., London, SE1 6HZ, England

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  • Free (charge for special exhibitions)

Published 08/30/2016


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Jun 6, 2016

Very good exhibit about WWI

WWI is an extremely difficult war to understand, but the IWM does an incredible job explaining all of the causes, devastation and how it eventually helped lead to WWII. With interactive exhibits and videos you will leave with a better understanding of the war and how horrific it was.

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