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IWM London

Free exhibition

Personal stories are at the heart of IWM London’s new Holocaust Galleries.

Individual stories from some of the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust are told through over 2,000 photos, books, artworks, letters and personal objects ranging from jewellery and clothing to toys and musical instruments. 

Dedicated to conserving, displaying and interpreting stories of the most devastating conflict in human history, IWM London is the first museum in the world to house Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries under the same roof. These new galleries will change the way we understand the past for generations to come.

Spanning two floors, these vast new galleries bring together the stories of real people from diverse communities to examine the complex relationship between the Holocaust and the course and consequences of the Second World War.

Plan your visit

  • Choose which day you want to visit

    IWM London is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

    We will also be open on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October. 

    Booking information for school group visits.

  • Collect a timed ticket for the new galleries

    When you arrive at IWM London, please collect a timed entry ticket for the new The Holocaust Galleries from the Information Desk on Level 0. If you'd like to visit the new Second World War Galleries too, you will need a separate ticket. You can choose to visit both galleries or just one. 

    If you plan to visit both, please collect a ticket for each gallery.

    We are expecting the new galleries to be busy in the first days after opening and we cannot guarantee entry to the galleries.

  • Visit the galleries

    Please go to the galleries at the time stated on your timed ticket. Feel free to explore the rest of IWM London before and after your visit. 

Eyewitnesses

Visitor exploring the Holocaust exhibition
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Eyewitnesses

The Second World War and the Holocaust will soon pass out of living memory, leaving us without the first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors. IWM’s new galleries preserve their stories and ensure the world never forgets what they experienced.

The new galleries bring together significant new acquisitions and loans, alongside items from IWM’s collections, including extraordinary historical documents such as the rare birth certificate of living Holocaust Survivor Eva Clarke, one of very few people to be born in a concentration camp who survived past liberation.

Holocaust education

Visitors look down on the V1 bomb in the Holocaust exhibition
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Holocaust education

IWM is the UK’s leading authority on the public understanding of war and conflict, and custodian of the national collection for the Holocaust. The Holocaust Galleries incorporate the most up to date research and evaluation, including archive material only available since the end of the Cold War, and reflect the latest developments in Holocaust education, academia and understanding.

Learn more

Cover of The Holocaust, a book by James Bulgin

Learn more

Based on IWM’s ground-breaking new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, this book examines the development of the Holocaust as it appeared to those who witnessed it.

It includes the items that they used, cherished and – in some cases – hid, to ensure that their experiences are meaningfully remembered.

By telling the story of the Holocaust through objects and their owners, the book highlights the devastating human cost of the genocide and helps readers to understand one of the darkest periods in modern history.

Buy the book from the IWM Shop >

The Holocaust

Rudy Kennedy 1927-2008 © Step Haiselden
Rudy Kennedy 1927-2008 © Step Haiselden
Holocaust
How Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives After 1945
What happened to Holocaust survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?  
Eva Clarke w/Birth Certificate
Holocaust
Born in a concentration camp: Eva Clarke
Eva Clarke was one of only three babies born in Mauthausen concentration camp who survived past liberation. She was born on 29 April 1945, just a day after the Nazis had destroyed the camp's gas chambers and less than a week before it's liberation.
Majdanek served as a slave labour camp that provided materials and manpower for German construction projects in occupied Poland and the Soviet Union. This jacket is part of the uniform worn by prisoners at Majdanek.
Holocaust
What Was The Holocaust?
The Holocaust was the systematic murder of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second World War. For the first time in history, industrial methods were used for the mass extermination of a whole people. Between 1933 and 1945, Jews were targeted for discrimination, segregation and extermination.

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