Churchill War Rooms is currently closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen from 19 May 2021.
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Visit Churchill War Rooms

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Visit Churchill War Rooms

Opening from 19 May 2021

Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War and the award-winning Churchill Museum, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions.

For a limited time only, explore the Second World War’s impact on London life with a unique art exhibition housed within the War Rooms. Wartime London: Art of the Blitz features works by Henry Moore; Eric Ravilious; Evelyn Dunbar and more. 

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  • View of the Cabinet Room in Churchill War Rooms with the room set up for a meeting
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    History was made in Churchill War Rooms – the underground nerve centre that allowed Britain’s leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War.

  • Map Room at Churchill War Rooms

    Every corner and corridor has a story to tell. Walk the top secret corridors of the Cabinet War Rooms and glimpse what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War. 

     

  • People using the interactive displays in the Churchill Museum at Churchill War Rooms
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    Find out about Churchill's remarkable 90-year life, leadership and legacy, from his lonely childhood to his military career, two periods as Prime Minister and beyond in the interactive Churchill Museum.

Stories from the museum

No other museum tells stories that matter more than these.

Weather news board in Churchill War Rooms
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Second World War
A Short History of The Cabinet War Rooms
During the Second World War, a group of basement offices in Whitehall served as the centre of Britain’s war effort. The complex, known as the Cabinet War Rooms, was occupied by leading government ministers, military strategists and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Joy Hunter, a typist in the Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War, sits behind a desk
Second World War
Joy Hunter on life as a typist at Churchill War Rooms
Joy Hunter was a typist in the Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War. She recalls what it was like to see Winston Churchill at work - and tells the story of one memorable evening with the film loving Prime Minister! 
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Stories anytime, anywhere
Uncover stories about IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms with our free digital guides available on the Bloomberg Connects app. Delve deeper into the exhibitions at these historical sites and hear insights from IWM curators. 

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From spies to submarines and life on the Home Front, Imperial War Museums is bringing history into the homes of families across the world, sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections.

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D-Day: People and Planning
Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history? Discover how D-Day was planned and learn about the real people who were part of it.
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Family Mission: VE Day House Party
Swing into the VE Day Bank Holiday and (house) party like it’s 1945 with our special Family Mission! CBBC Presenter Ben Shires has your mission briefing and a special masterclass for you to enjoy. 
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Family Mission: Mystery Messages
Discover your secret code name and use invisible ink to create your top secret ID card!

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  • Wartime London art image
    © IWM. Two Women with a Child in a Shelter’ by Henry Moore
    Exhibitions and Events

    In Spring 2021, see how artists captured the extraordinary measures Londoners took to carry on amidst wartime hardship and mortal danger in our unique art exhibition Wartime London, Art of the Blitz.  

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    Explore around 800,000 items online that tell the story of modern warfare and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.

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    Videos

    Take a closer look at conflicts big and small on our YouTube channel, drawing from our expert curators and our vast collection of film, photography and objects. This is history you won't see anywhere else.

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