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Imperial Museum London is another must-see and free museum in London.

Imperial Museum London is one of the perfect War Museum around the world. The exhibitions at the IWM London is not just offering the chance of discovering an atomic bomb, a human torpedo, tanks or military aircraft, but pictures how troops experienced different conflicts or fights and how these impacted the rest of the human population and society. London Imperial War Museum funded during the 1st world war in 1917 for keeping the records and evidence of military and civil wars in the British Empire. the museum expanded later and intended to cover and included all wars that Britain or commonwealth got involved since 1914.

Is it free to go to the Imperial War Museum?

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Like many other Free Museums in London, the Imperial War Museum London is also free to visit. The museum allowed the public to visit the Museum from 1920 when the museum was in Crystal Palace (South-east London). Four years later, the museum moved to the Imperial Institute in South Kensington. However, almost three years before the 2nd World War, the museum moved again, but this time to a permanent place in South East London. Twenty – four years later, in 1960, during the redeveloping Southwark building, the museum expanded too.

Visiting the Imperial War Museum

IWM London is excellent for war history and military enthusiasts and seeking various and updated galleries and exhibitions. An overall transformational visitor encounters the stories of people’s lives during the war over the last centuries, where the United Kingdom had taken part.



What to see in IWM London?

The ground floor is one of the fascinating levels as it comprises large and heavy weapons, such as tanks and rockets. On the first floor, it is a valuable browsing Secret War event and exhibition on special forces, espionage and concealed operations. In the second and third floors, you will discover the disasters from the Holocaust with original objects and materials. You will see many artefacts, antiques and objects pertinent to each specific war period.

How long does it take to get around the Imperial War Museum?

A suggested visiting period is at least 4 hours, as there are a ton of materials to see. Visiting the First World War and Holocaust galleries take about 90 minutes each. Also, consider an extra hour for the first and the second level. You might find some exhibitions disturbing. Children under 14 years old should not visit the Holocaust section. The military museum London (IWM) is a national museum organisation. There are five military museum branches in different locations in England. But 3 of them are in London.


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Imperial Museum Shop

IWM London’s shop offers many CDs, DVDs and books, which provide additional information and facts about the themes and items within the museum. You will find a wide range of accessories, clothes, stationery, souvenirs, posters and presents. There’s also a variety of things for kids, such as books, games, toys, and educational resource materials. You can browse the Museum’s online shop and purchase what you like from the website.

Photography and filming in IWM London

For non-commercial use, you can take Photography or even make clips from the museum. However, there are some signs in some part of the museum which advise visitors not to take a photograph or filming using flash.

Facilities at Military Museum in London(IWM)

You will find the following facilities at the museum:

        • The baby-changing rooms are available in every restroom.
        • Lockers are available on the 4th and 5th levels. You can leave pushchair or buggies there.
        • The lockers section don’t accept the large items, luggage or even suitcases. You can leave them at Waterloo Station 10 to 15-minute walking distance.
        • Step-free accessibility to the actual museum is through the West Entrance. The West entry is on the right side of the building after the café.
        • Wheelchairs
          The Museum offers free wheelchairs to borrow; however, it is subject to availability. But you can book it in advance. Just contact.
          020 7416 5000 and make your inquiry.
        • Toilets – Lavatories
          Ten accessible toilets situated on levels 0-3
        • Lifts – Elevators
          All elevators in the war museum are wheelchair accessible.

Restaurant and Eating Place in the Imperial Museum in London

Feeling Hungry? If you are feeling hungry during your visit to IWM London, you can go to the on-site café. There is an eating place at the museum that offers a variety of foods. It serves tasty in-season foods, such as stone-baked pizzas, burgers grilling with charcoal, little one’s meals, salads as well as delicious sandwiches.  There is also a tearoom. The Tea Room is open throughout peak times and offers a peaceful space to enjoy your visit. It provides some teas, cakes as well as sandwiches.

London Imperial War Museum

Car Park at or near the War Museum London

No need to mention that the car parking and street parking close to the museum are very limited. However, free parking is available to blue badge holders but subject to availability. You must book two working days in advance. Book and Arrange parking space in advance by calling this number 020 7416 5000. Other Car parks like NCP car parks are available in Waterloo or Elephant & Castle. You can check the availability or book carpark here. If you’re driving, please check out the congestion charge on the TFL website. 

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Accessibility for the War Museum, London

For help and assistant, you need to contact them ahead of your visit. Call the museum on 020 7416 5000. Also, if you could not contact the museum in advance, to get help before you start your visit, go to level 0 and request at the Information Desk.

Opening Hours Imperial Museum London

Opening Hours: every day 10 am to 6 pm

How do you get to the Imperial Museum, London?

London BusThere are many local buses, which stop outside the museum. Such as number 3, 12, 53, 148, 159, 344, 360, 453 as well as C10.


London Underground

The closest Underground station is Lambeth North, which on Bakerloo Line(Brown Line). However, you can find your way to the museum from Waterloo Station  (Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines) and also Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern Line). Both are about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the museum.

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