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

Discover IWM London


Discover IWM London

There are countless discoveries awaiting in our world-famous atrium and award-winning galleries. IWM London is a place to experience the continuing influence of war on the world – an experience as compelling and thought-provoking as it is unforgettable. But while the museum is temporarily closed, you can still explore the stories and objects that feature in our galleries. 

Stories from IWM's collections

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As a charity, now more than ever IWM needs your support to ensure we can continue to tell personal stories and experiences of conflict for current and future generations to come.

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A Balloon Site, Coventry
© IWM (ART LD 2750)
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Film and War
Britain at War by Rosie Newman
Britain at War is a 99 minute film, filmed and edited by amateur camerawoman Rosie Newman, capturing diverse scenes from the British home front during the Second World War. Curator Jane Fish introduces us to this remarkable film.
Munition workers painting shells at the National Shell Filling Factory No.6, Chilwell
First World War
First World War Galleries Podcast: Part VI - Feeding The Front
The reliance on the home front by soldiers was near breaking point

Our galleries

Our galleries might be temporarily closed, but you can still discover the stories in IWM’s world-leading collection.

Visitor in the First World War Galleries
First World War Galleries

IWM London


A photograph of Corporal Matt Croucher GC from 2008
Corporal Matt Croucher GC, 2008 © IWM
Enigma machine on display in the Turning Points gallery
Enigma Machine © IWM (COM 228)
Turning Points: 1934 - 1945

IWM London






Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.  
©Rob Pinney

Top Five IWM London Shop Products

Top Five IWM London Shop Products

While you may not be able to visit us at the moment, you can still be inspired by IWM London from home. We have hand-picked some of our best sellers from the IWM online shop that are inspired by our galleries.
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IWM London building

IWM London
Lambeth Road

  • Lambeth North
  • Elephant & Castle


  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring IWM London is accessible to all visitors. 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. For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.

  • Shopping at IWM London

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.


  • Eating and drinking

    Our Café serves a range of handmade British food freshly prepared every day including stone-baked pizzas, healthy salads, snacks, sandwiches and classic puddings. Please let our staff know if you have any dietary requirements.


  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections 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 museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  


  • Information desk

    If you require further information on the day of your visit, please head to our information desk which is located on the ground floor. Our staff will be happy to assist you with your enquiries. You can also book tours at the information desk (subject to availability) however, we recommend booking online in advance.

  • 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. The largest lockers are H55cms x W33cms x D43cms. These can accommodate airline carry-on sized luggage and are operated using a £1 coin which is returned after use. All lockers are subject to availability.

  • Safety at IWM

    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.  

  • Floor Plan

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan.