Coming Soon: 23 March - 28 August 2017

Take a journey from the First World War to the present day, exploring how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict in this major exhibition.

Until 28 August 2017

This thought-provoking exhibition brings together several series of work by artist-photographer Edmund Clark to explore the hidden experiences of state control during the 'Global War on Terror'.

Until 19 March 2017

Shown for the first time in the UK, Mahwish Chishty’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns, highlighting the oppressive presence of foreign drones over Pakistan.

Until 26 November 2017

This exhibition examines the British arrival in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact this period had on those who were there and the lessons learnt from this deployme

Until 12 March 2017

Discover a variety of imaginative responses to conflict, from surreal depictions of aircraft as creatures, to abstract views of bombing raids and detailed drawings of life in submarines.


Discover the story of the First World War through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and at home. Free admission.

The Holocaust Exhibition traces the Nazi persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews from 1933 to 1945.
This free exhibition tells the story of how ordinary people braved the challenges of life at home during the Second World War through the eyes of the Allpress family, who lived in Stockwell, London.
Secret War explores the undercover world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces.
Explore our dramatic atrium, designed by Foster + Partners.
The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes houses the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses and a significant collection of George Crosses.
Discover people’s stories of modern war and conflict through some of the more unexpected objects from our collections.
Discover how conflicts have been fought and communities divided in places such as Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1945 to the present day.
Explore key moments of the Second World War through the connections between people’s lives and the objects on display.

Buy our kids' guidebook and get the whole family involved in exploring IWM London.


IWM was established while the First World War was still being fought and will mark its centenary in 2017.