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Imperial War Museum

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

From a battle of Britain Spitfire to the casing of the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb, and a journey through the trenches, this grand Victorian building houses exhibitions that paint a visceral picture of combat from the First World War to present-day peacekeeping missions.

The museum’s acclaimed Holocaust and Second World War galleries have been overhauled, with bold new exhibits and never-displayed-before artefacts. There are also plenty of specialist tours as Highlights of IWM, a journey through the Atrium, once the exercise courtyard of the infamous ‘Bedlam’ hospital, exploring over a century’s worth of conflict and the often moving stories behind the extraordinary collection of military aircraft, tanks, weapons, paintings, photography, clothing and more.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle Underground stations are a short walk away; bus routes 344 and 360 stop outside.

Note – certain exhibitions, including some Holocaust displays, are not recommended for those under 13 years of age.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The museum is busiest on weekends, from around the middle of the day to mid-afternoon.