No other museum tells stories that matter more than these

No other museum tells stories that matter more than these

IWM is a global authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives. We collect objects and stories that give an insight into people’s experiences of war, preserve them for future generations, and bring them to today’s audiences in the most powerful way possible.

Our family of five museums uncover the causes, course and consequences of war, from the First World War through to present-day conflict.  

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A family of five museums

  • IWM London building
    IWM London

    See war through the eyes of the people who lived it. Be moved. Be inspired. Be transformed.

  • IWM North landscape view
    IWM North

    Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, delivering an award-winning immersive experience.

  • IWM Duxford Showcase
    IWM Duxford

    Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford and see aircraft take to the skies.

  • Winston Churchill against backdrop of Churchill War Rooms
    Churchill War Rooms

    The underground nerve centre where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Second World War.

  • HMS Belfast with Tower Bridge behind with a bright blue sky. Imperial War Museums venue hire.
    © IWM
    HMS Belfast

    Explore all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea. 

History of IWM

History of IWM

IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. 
Exterior view of the Imperial War Museum in its new quarters at Lambeth Road, London, 1937
© IWM (Q 61181)

Behind the scenes

Collections online
Explore around 800,000 items that tell the story of modern war and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.
Explore the research activity taking place at IWM.
The IWM Duxford Conservation Team removing wing bolts
IWM, Conservation in Action IWM Duxford
Managing our collections
Find out how IWM is safeguarding our collection for future generations.

Support Us

Support Us

Discover the many ways you can support our historically important sites and world-leading collection.
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Work with us

Room 60 in the Cabinet War Rooms. © IWM MH 531.
Collection Sales and Licensing
IWM has a unique collection covering all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former Empire countries. 
Victory in the Kitchen Recipe book
IWM Publishing produces accessible books about war and conflict and its impact on people's lives, drawing on the unparalleled expertise and archives of the museum.
Shop 09 2017
Brand Licensing
The IWM brand licensing team is on hand to guide licensees through the museum’s inspiring collections and help translate them into successful product ranges.
Spitfire mug
Retail and Product Development
The IWM Retail team source and develop a wide number of products for our museum shops and our online shop inspired by our collections and the human experience of conflict. 
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms during promotion for his film Darkest Hour
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms, researching his role in Darkest Hour
Curator Consultancy
IWM is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. IWM’s curators are experts in their field and can provide reliable guidance and information for commercial projects such as feature films, documentaries and consumer products.
Internal shot of IWM London Atrium at night
IWM, Atrium at IWM London
Venue Hire
Host your event at an IWM branch.