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Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum London is home to a huge archive of artifacts related to both ancient and modern warfare.

The Museum was first opened in 1920. It moved around various locations until if found its permanent home in Southwark, in the 1930’s.

Since it’s opening, the Imperial War Museum has grown increasingly in size. It has an amazing collection of weapons, armour, photos, films, documents and even spy gadgets, that were used in various wars and conflicts.

In recent years, the Museum has undergone various renovations making for a pleasant and enjoyable experience for visitors.

Why visit the Imperial War Museum London:

The Imperial War Museum London is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It’s exhibits of weaponry, fighter planes and tanks are impressive. There is also an interesting exhibit dedicated the to the Holocaust of World War Two. You will also gain an understanding of the hardships people undertake when a war is raging.

Entrance is free. There are some temporary exhibits that require a small entrance fee. The museums location in Southwark gives you an opportunity to see an area of London that’s a little of the tourist path.

Did you know?

The Imperial War Museum has had three homes. It started in 1920 at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham. Then it was move to the Imperial Institute in Kennisington in 1924 before finding it's present site (which was originally Bethlem Royal Hospital) in Southwark in1936

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The present home of the museum was originally Bethlem Royal Hospital for psychiatric patients.

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The Imperial War Museum is a national museum and has five locations, three of which are in London.

Opening Times:

10.00am - 6.00pm (Daily)

*Closed 24th - 26th December.

How to get there:


Lambeth North Station (Bakerloo Line)

Waterloo Station (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee Line)

Southwark Station (Jubilee Line)

Elephant & Castle Station (Bakerloo, Northern Line)


Waterloo and Waterloos East Stations are within a 10 minute walk of the museum.


Routes 1, 3, 12, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 100, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176,188, 344, 360, 453 and C10.


Imperial War Museum,

Lambeth Road,

London, SE1 6HZ.


0207 416 5000


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