Imperial War Museums tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

IWM London (the flagship branch) tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war through the depth, breadth and impact of our special exhibitions, galleries, displays and events.

In 2016, mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and experience our ground-breaking First World War Galleries, featuring over 1,300 objects from IWM’s collections. Explore 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; see work by some of Britain’s most significant 20th Century artists in our art galleries or take in our latest major special exhibitions. 

Special Exhibitions

Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies (From 1 July 2016 – January 2017)

Go behind the scenes of some of the most iconic war films which have captured the imagination of cinema-going audiences across the generations  through personal testimony and original items including costumes, props, scripts and set designs.

Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS (Until 13 November 2016)

This display shows how Britain’s armed forces deal with very different aspects of global security, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa and being part of coalition efforts to fight ISIS in the Middle East.

IWM Contemporary: Edward Barber (26 May 2016 – 4 September 2016)

Acclaimed documentary photographer Edward Barber captures the anti-nuclear protest movement in 1980s Britain.

Edmund Clark: War of Terror (28 July 2016 – 28 August 2017)

Exploring hidden experiences of state control, touching on issues of security, legality and ethics during the ‘Global War on Terror’.

Mahwish Chishty (19 October 2016 – 19 March 2017)

Highlighting how the presense of foreign drones over Pakistan has become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country.

Entrance to this fascinating war museum is free for all, however, London Pass holders can benefit from a 10% discount in the gift shop as well as a free IWM Guidebook worth £5.

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Monday 10.00-18.00
Tuesday 10.00-18.00
Wednesday 10.00-18.00
Thursday 10.00-18.00
Friday 10.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-18.00
Sunday 10.00-18.00
Last Admission: 17.00

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