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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IWM 2020: What to watch out for next year

IWM 2020: What to watch out for next year

Discover what's on at IWM in 2020, including a new season exploring refugee experiences throughout history. 
An aid worker in Arsal refugee camp in Lebanon with her arm around a woman.
© ICRC/Hussein Baydoun
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

Paint shop worker
IWM
Permanent display
Conservation in Action

IWM Duxford

Permanent

Displays in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes
Tour
Extraordinary Heroes: Lord Ashcroft Gallery Tour

IWM London

From 1 October, every day at 1pm.

Contemporary conflict

Yemen: Arms and Aid

Contemporary conflict

Yemen: Arms and Aid

Discover the story of a satirical poster recently acquired by IWM's Contemporary Conflict team. 
Satirical poster depicting UK humanitarian funding to Yemen and sale of UK arms to Saudi Arabia.
Art.IWM PST 21653

Join IWM Membership

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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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)