Concept image of the forthcoming Holocaust gallery

IWM London is transforming. In 2021, we will be opening ground breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries. The galleries will see IWM become the first museum in the world to physically and intellectually present the Holocaust narrative within the context of the Second World War.

Alongside the new galleries, a brand new learning suite and public engagement programme will deepen audience engagement with our collections both in the galleries and beyond the museum.

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

Ongoing work

Work on the new galleries has begun and contractors are now on site starting with the base build of the site, beginning with demolition and planning for mechanical diversions. To facilitate this development, the museum is changing and the Secret War and A Family in Wartime galleries have now closed. 

Explore History

Explore History has now closed. A new volunteer-based information service will launch in the atrium at IWM London. Volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors with general enquiries and advise on navigation of the IWM website in order to make research room appointments, trace family history, and offer donations to the museum. Find out more about our research facilities


Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister, makes a brief speech announcing “"Peace in our Time"” on his arrival at Heston Airport after his meeting with Hitler at Munich, 30 September 1938.
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Second World War and Holocaust Galleries
IWM has launched the next phase in the transformation of IWM London - to significantly expand and update our Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, and create a learning suite across all three floors of the exhibition. 
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Our London museum tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war from WW1 to conflicts today