IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)

Visitors looking at the Mark I Spitfire in the Atrium at IWM London
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IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war through the depth, breadth and impact of our Galleries, displays and events.

Explore the First World War Galleries and iconic Atrium; find out what life was like at home during the Second World War in A Family in Wartime; delve into the world of espionage in Secret War; visit our award-winning Holocaust Exhibition; discover stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes or take in our latest major temporary exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am - 6pm (last entry 5.45pm). Closed 24-26 December.

Admission charges

General Admission free, charges apply for special exhibitions.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Visiting us by London Underground
IWM London is a short walk from Lambeth North (7 minutes), Waterloo (15 mins) and Elephant and Castle (15 mins) underground stations.

Visiting us by Bus
Local bus routes that stop near IWM London include 159, 360, 109, 344 and 360.

Visiting us by Train
IWM London is a short 15 minute walk from London Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Elephant and Castle rail stations.

Additional info

Wheelchair access to all areas and disabled toilets available on each floor.

20th Century Collections, include: Art, Documents, Film and Video Archive, Printed Books, Photograph Archive, Sound Archive, Exhibits and Firearms

Items from this collection

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Literature, Maritime, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of the interior of iwm london's First World War galleries

First World War Galleries

  • 19 July 2014 — 31 December 2019 *on now

In the new First World War Galleries, made up of 14 areas, visitors will discover the story of the First World War, how it started, why it continued, how it was won and its global impact, through the lives of those who experienced it on the front line and the home front.

Drawing on our First World War collections – the richest and most comprehensive in the world – the Galleries will feature objects large and small, many of which have never been seen before from lucky charms made from shell fragments to iconic recruitment posters and huge ship models. Objects on show will include weapons and uniforms through to diaries, letters and souvenirs, which will sit alongside photographs, art and film.

Having considered some of the big questions and choices, ordinary and extraordinary, that the people of Britain and its former Empire had to face in this first ‘total war’, visitors will leave the Galleries with a new perspective on this landmark conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/first-world-war-galleries

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

How Do We Remember? WebQuest

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

What sort of things do we remember about the past? How do we capture these memories? This online activity encourages children to investigate the history of the Imperial War Museum and some of its artefacts, before recording a memory of their own in the form of a paper boat. The boats can come together in a classroom display.

How to obtain

Open the How Do We Remember? box, then click Start WebQuest.

Imperial War Museum WebQuests

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

WebQuests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.

The Children's War WebQuest

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

What were children's lives like in the Second World War? This online investigation uses the collections of the Imperial War Museum to help children imagine the daily life of a child on the Home Front, leading to a piece of creative writing.

How to obtain

Open the Children's War box, then click Start WebQuest.

What was life like in the Second World War?

http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/20/lifeinww2/index.htm

Getting there

Visiting us by London Underground
IWM London is a short walk from Lambeth North (7 minutes), Waterloo (15 mins) and Elephant and Castle (15 mins) underground stations.

Visiting us by Bus
Local bus routes that stop near IWM London include 159, 360, 109, 344 and 360.

Visiting us by Train
IWM London is a short 15 minute walk from London Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Elephant and Castle rail stations.

IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)
Lambeth Road
London
Greater London
SE1 6HZ
England

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london

E-mail

General enquiries

contact@iwm.org.uk

Telephone

020 7416 5000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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