The Imperial War Museum London is closed until July 2013. The museum will partially re-open with a new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies. In summer 2014, after a year of continued transformation and development, the museum will fully re-open.
While IWM London is closed, IWM's other London branches, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, will remain open as normal.
Imperial War Museum General Information:
Exhibits are spread over 6 floors:
LG (Lower Ground)
First World War (Highlight: Trench Experience)
Second World War (Highlight: Blitz Experience)
G (Ground floor)
Large exhibits (Highlights: A Polaris missile and five aeroplanes including a rare Mark I Spitfire are suspended below the glass domed roof.)
The Children's War
Information / Cafe / Shop
1 (First floor)
Survival at Sea
2 (Second Floor)
3 (Third floor)
The Holocaust Exhibition
Not recommended for children under 14.
4 (Fourth floor)
Crimes against humanity
Not recommended for children under 16.
Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Nearest Tube Station: Lambeth North
Opening Times: Open daily: 10am - 6pm. (Closed: 24, 25 and 26 December.)
Admission: Free. (Special exhibitions may charge an admission fee.)
- There are steep steps at the main entrance so if you need a level access, for example if bring a child in a buggy, or a wheelchair-bound visitor, go to the right of the building to the Park Entrance on the side.
- The building is fully accessible with two main lifts (elevators) plus an extra lift dedicated to the Holocaust Exhibition.
- On LG (Lower Ground) start on your left - The First World War - and keep to the left so you don't miss anything. It can be confusing as the exhibition winds around in little circles but follow the arrows and stay left and you won't miss anything.
- Photography is allowed so you can have fun taking photos of the large exhibits. I found the best views are from Floor 2.
- The shop usually has a sale at the end of a temporary exhibition so check for merchandise reductions.
- Floor 1 has a British heavy bomber plane fuselage which you can climb through. This is a hit with the kids who will go round and round and round...
- The Holocaust Exhibition and Crimes against humanity are both hard-hitting so be prepared to be affected. Do stop and take time to reflect as what you see can be disturbing.
- The Cafe has children's meal and snack options. Highchairs are available at the back of the last room.
- If the weather is good, have some time in the grounds which has a small outdoor cafe and space for kids to run around.
- Best for kids under 10: Large exhibits and the Children War exhibition
- Best for pre-teens: Secret War - it's all about spies
- Best for older teenagers: Holocaust Exhibition