Imperial War Museums explores conflict and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM is a family of five museums recording and showcasing experiences of modern conflict. Some of those experiences paint a picture of everyday life in wartime, others give us a glimpse of something exceptional. All of them help us to explore the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives. 

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Art And Design

Culture Under Attack

Art And Design

Culture Under Attack

Discover more about the stories and themes explored in Culture Under Attack, a free season of exhibitions and events at IWM London. 
An Anderson shelter standing intact amid a scene of debris in Norwich.
© IWM (HU 36196)
Cabinet War Rooms, Second World War

80 years of the Cabinet War Rooms

Cabinet War Rooms, Second World War

80 years of the Cabinet War Rooms

Uncover 80 years of secrets and stories.  On 27 August 1939 the Cabinet War Rooms first became operational. 80 years on discover how the underground command centre was built under Westminster - and the crucial role it played during the Second World War.
Churchill War Rooms Interior Hall
IWM, Churchill War Rooms Corridor

What's On

Serving the Seas
©IWM
Exhibition, Permanent display
Serving the Seas

HMS Belfast

Permanent

IWM Duxford
Tour
Duxford Uncovered: The Battle of Britain

IWM Duxford

Selected dates until end of October

Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield of X-Ray Audio
© X-Ray Audio Project
Performance, Talk
Rebel Sounds Live: Cold War Russia

IWM London

21 September 2019

Second World War, IWM History

New Second World War and Holocaust gallery plans unveiled

Second World War, IWM History

New Second World War and Holocaust gallery plans unveiled

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, IWM has released concept sketches of the new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries which will open at IWM London in 2021
IWM concept image of new Holocaust and Second World War galleries

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Join IWM Membership

Become a member for a year of great days out at all five IWM museums. Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford from just £35.
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Contemporary conflict

'My Yemen is Beautiful'

Contemporary conflict

'My Yemen is Beautiful'

See spoken word artist Amerah Saleh perform a poem especially commissioned for Yemen: Inside a Crisis and learn more about how she thinks art can help people connect with what is happening in Yemen. 
Portrait of Amerah Saleh, spoken word artist
IWM