Bookings are now open for school groups to visit IWM London between April 2019 - December 2019. We also have new classroom resources available, including STEM resources for Key Stages 3 & 4. Please remember that all UK schools must book in advance (this doesn't apply to overseas schools).

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UK schools must book in advance.

  1. Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form stating the day(s) you would like to visit
  2. You will receive a response within ten working days
  3. Please don't make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation email with your Visit Confirmation Letter attached.
  4. Check the booking information and Terms and Conditions.
  5. Identify potential risks during your visit.
  6. Book a gift bag in advance for collection during your visit

Fill out the Schools Visit Request Form to start your booking.


Gallery Notices

Exciting changes are happening at IWM London, where ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries and a digitally-enabled learning suite are being developed. Visitors to IWM London may hear noise from the building work currently taking place on site and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your visit.

To facilitate the development of these ground-breaking new galleries, which will be opening in 2021, the Secret War and Family in Wartime galleries at IWM London have closed permanently and IWM London’s The Holocaust Exhibition will close for two weeks from 1-14 July 2019. Please contact customer services if you have any questions about the works or new galleries.

Learning sessions

Shoes on display in the Holocaust Exhibition
Shoes taken from concentration camp prisoners © IWM
IWM London
The Holocaust: Introduction to the Exhibition
Through discussion and reflection students will prepare to visit The Holocaust Exhibition. Students are also given an audio guide to navigate their way through a chronological narrative of the Holocaust and deepen their understanding of events in Nazi-occupied Europe and beyond.
Group of School Children on Documentary Challenge
IWM London
Documentary Challenge
This interactive session asks students to use historical enquiry skills to make a mini-documentary to question, consider, debate and evaluate sources.
Meet a Veteran at IWM
IWM London
We Were There: Ask Questions About Conflict (KS2)
This interactive session is a unique chance to meet veterans and eyewitnesses to hear real stories of conflict and build on the Key Stage 2 curriculum through a cross-curricular approach.

Tour and trails

Pupils visit IWM London
IWM London
Self-Guided Visits
A visit to IWM London may support studies of war and conflict from 1914 until the present day.
Frequently asked questions
What accessibility provisions do you have at IWM? 

IWM tries to ensure we cater for a range of needs and can provide wheelchair access, resources to support blind and visually impaired visitors and deaf and hearing impaired visitors. 

See Accessibility for more details. 

What provisions are there for SEN students? 

There are a wide range of facilities for students with visual, hearing, learning and mobility impairments. Please get in touch if you have any additional questions. 

Where can we eat lunch? 

We have a lunch space for schools and groups. When you book a visit to IWM you will be allocated a lunch time spot.

Can we leave coats and bags?

Groups are not permitted to take bags into the Museum except for medical reasons. We have limited cloakroom space we advise leaving coats and bags on your coach. Please note that we do not store coats or jackets in the bag room. Items left in the school bag room are left at the owner’s risk. There are locker facilities which require a £1 coin. We are unable to store large items of luggage or suitcases and the nearest left luggage facility is at Waterloo Station.

How do I get to IWM? 

All our sites can be reached by public transport.  Lambeth North, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations are within walking distance. Please see TfL Google MapsAA Route Planner or National Rail for more details.

Who can I contact to find out more? 

If you have any questions email

Do I need to carry out a risk assessment? 

Teachers and group leaders are advised to carry out a preliminary visit in advance of their school trip. Please see IWM Identified Risk to help you with your own risk assessment.