Opening Times
10am to 6pm every day (closed 24, 25 & 26 December)
Free admission

What to see at IWM London

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What to see at IWM London

There is lots to see and we recommend about two and a half hours for your visit. However, with new galleries, exhibitions, our onsite Café and shops, you may want to visit for half a day or longer.

What to see at IWM London

Making A New World

Making A New World

Our season explores how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today through a programme of free exhibitions, alongside immersive live music, performance and public debates. 

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What's on

Mercury Prize nominated Field Music in IWM London's iconic Atrium. From left to right: David and Peter Brewis
© IWM Mercury Prize nominated Field Music in IWM London's iconic Atrium. From left to right: David and Peter Brewis
Performance
Field Music at IWM London

IWM London

31 January 2019

Documentary challenge
Activity, Family
Documentary Challenge

IWM London

Every day throughout November, December and January

IWM's Early Years in 16 Images

The unveiling ceremony of the 15-inch guns from HMS RAMILLIES and HMS RESOLUTION outside the Imperial War Museum, 8 August 1968.

IWM's Early Years in 16 Images

The now iconic 15 inch guns from HMS Ramillies and HMS Resolution outside IWM’s Lambeth Road building were installed and unveiled to the public in 1968.

Find out more about the museum's early years and the events that led to IWM London's permanent residence at Lambeth Road in 1936, through 16 images. 

IWM's Early Years in 16 Images

Our galleries

Visitor viewing the First World War Galleries
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Permanent display
First World War Galleries

IWM London

Permanent

A black leather espionage suitcase with wireless transmitter and receiver featuring in the Secret War exhibition
Suitcase radio © IWM (COM 143)
Permanent display
Secret War

IWM London

Until 1 January 2019

A photograph showing women welders making stirrup pump handles during the Second World War.
Women welders making stirrup pump handles © D 3589
Permanent display
A Family in Wartime

IWM London

Until 1 January 2019

From Bedlam to Baghdad: An Introduction to IWM London Tour

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From Bedlam to Baghdad: An Introduction to IWM London Tour

Join one of our expert IWM guides for an introductory tour of IWM London. Starting with a brief history of the Imperial War Museum and the building’s origin as Bethlem Hospital, you'll be guided through three floors of our world-class collections. Hear the everyday and exceptional stories of people whose lives have been forever impacted by war.

An Introduction to IWM London Tour

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.
Join IWM membership

Location

IWM London building
IWM
Address

IWM London
Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ

  • Lambeth North
  • Elephant & Castle

Facilities

  • Lockers and luggage

    We are unable to store large items of luggage or suitcases and these are not permitted in the galleries. The nearest left luggage facility is at Waterloo station. Lockers are available to use for smaller items such as small bags or ruck sacks.

  • Shopping at IWM London

    Our shops offers a wide range of inspiring gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell.

  • Eating and drinking

    Our Café serves a range of handmade British food freshly prepared every day including stone-baked pizzas, healthy salads and snacks, sandwiches and classic puddings.

  • Donations

    Admission is free but we encourage visitors to support our work to help us share our stories with every generation. You can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museum. Alternatively you can donate online now.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video for personal, non-commercial use. Please avoid the use of flash and tripods, and taking photos or filming people without permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.

  • Accessibility

    Step-free access to the museum is via the West Entrance. If you're looking at the front of the museum, the West Entrance is located on the right hand side of the building, just past the Café entrance.

  • Toilets

    Accessible toilets are located on all floors except Levels 4 and 5. There are baby changing facilities in every bathroom at the museum.

  • Floor Plan

    Plan your visit.

  • Floor Plan

    Plan your visit (French, German, Spanish)