Transforming IWM London

IWM London is closed until 19 July 2014

IWM London

IWM London is undergoing a major building redevelopment as we transform our museum to mark the Centenary of the First World War. Work has begun to create our new museum and, to enable us to safely and securely deliver the most disruptive construction works, we are closed until 19 July 2014.

On 19 July 2014, for the Centenary of the First World War, a transformed IWM London will reopen with ground-breaking new First World War Galleries and a newly configured atrium displaying our iconic large objects. To mark the First World War Centenary we'll also be opening Truth and Memory – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years. Find out more about Transforming IWM London.

When we open our doors in July our major family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies will reopen along with War Story: Supplying Frontline Afghanistan as well as the latest exhibition in our contemporary arts and photography programme - IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville.

Our permanent exhibitions and galleries will also reopen including:

  • The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes – featuring the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses
  • The Holocaust Exhibition – telling the story of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War
  • Secret War – revealing the clandestine world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces
  • A Family in Wartime – telling the story life how the Allpress family experienced life in London during the Second World War.

Throughout our closure our Research Room  remains open (for pre-booked appointments) and our event spaces are available for daytime hire. You can also visit one of our four other branches, including Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast .

We need your help to build our new First World War Galleries and to tell the many stories of the men and women who lived and served on the home front and on the fighting fronts during that conflict. Find out how you can contribute to our First World War Galleries: Centenary Campaign.



Heritage Lottery Fund


We Are Transforming

Find out more about our major building redevelopment, transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War. 

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Centenary Partnership

Find out about the international programme to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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