Secret War

IWM London

Secret War explores the undercover world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces. Discover how threats both at home and abroad were dealt with through the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secret espionage missions of the last century.

An image of a pipe with a hidden microphone

Uncover classified objects

Secret War reveals many previously classified objects, on public display for the first time. Together they tell the story of Britain’s covert operations from the foundation of MI5 and MI6 before the First World War, to the Cold War and dealing with the threat of cyber-terrorism today. The exhibition explores the personal experiences of operatives, shedding light on the hidden world of spies and the perils of undercover work.

©IWM COM 143 Suitcase radio
©IWM EPH 10095 Pipe with hidden compass

IWM London
Lambeth Road
Nearest tube stations:

Waterloo (15 mins)

Elephant and Castle (15 mins)

Please note that Lambeth North station is closed for lift replacement works between 13 July 2016 and mid-February 2017.

Open 10am - 6pm every day

Last admission is at 5.30pm