Imperial War Museum
An extensive historical record of war and conflict
Founded, or arguably forged, while the horrors of World War One were still raging in the fields of Europe, the Imperial War Museum gives an unprecedented voice to the extraordinary stories of those unfortunate enough to live first-hand through the fires of conflict.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Imperial War Museum.
What’s it all about?
The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London is one of the most extensive war museums in the world. It is dedicated to preserving, displaying and interpreting the true horrors of history’s deadliest conflicts. And that’s not all. The IWM has an extensive Research Branch enabling researchers and the public alike to understand the objects in their possession and to assist in understanding and framing the exhibitions under the IWM roof.
What can I expect to see?
From walking up the steps past the impressive naval guns to the jaw-dropping atrium, visitors can expect to see a fascinating glimpse into some of the most intense and destructive conflicts in world history. From the hanging Spitfire and the looming presence of Germany’s “Wonder Weapon”, the V2 to the galleries depicting the First World War, visitors will find extensive collections of documents, photos, 3D objects and film and audio recordings.
The Peace and Security exhibition opens with one of the world’s deadliest sights: the atomic bomb. The devasting consequences from when the first bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Cold War are all told through the emotional stories of the people who witnessed such horrors first-hand. You’ll also get a fascinating glimpse into the failure of diplomacy in Northern Ireland when British Troops were deployed on the streets of Belfast.
And dedicated to preserving and remembering their stories, the IWM has a permanent Holocaust exhibition. Highly interesting, yet intensely emotional, this exhibition has a collection of over 2,000 personal possessions, letters, art and more to tell the tale of one of the most horrific atrocities in human history from the people who suffered the most.
On a monthly basis, the IWM also hosts numerous talks, tours and special guests such as the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II and the conflict in Ukraine.
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How do I get there from the Berrys drop off point?
Our designated drop-off point is only a short walk from Hammersmith tube station. The Imperial War Museum is approximately 40 minutes away by tube. Simply head to the tube station and head to Platform 3, the Picadilly Line. Board the tube and exit at Picadilly Circus.
Change to the Bakerloo Line for the tube heading for Elephant and Castle. After approximately 5 minutes you will then need to exit at Lambeth North tube station. As you exit the station, head down Westminster Bridge Road/A302 for approximately seven minutes. Turn right onto Lambeth Road and the museum will be on your immediate left, you can’t miss it.