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See war through the eyes of the people who lived it. 
Be moved. Be inspired. Be transformed.

Don't miss the opportunity to see History of Bombs a site-specific artwork in our iconic atrium from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei - on display until 5 September 2021.

Pre-book your visit to IWM London now.


  • IWM London Exterior Summer

    Imperial War Museums is the world’s leading museum of war and conflict. Founded while the First World War was still raging, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict.

  • Man and Woman stand underneath the Spitfire in the IWM London atrium
    © IWM

    From the moment you step into the iconic atrium, to the countless discoveries awaiting you in the award-winning galleries, IWM London examines the continuing influence of war on our world.

  • Veteran speaking to child at IWM London

    Hear extraordinary true stories of ordinary people’s experiences of conflict across the museum’s six floors – stories that have the power to move, inspire and transform.


Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors


Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

6 August 2021 – 7 January 2022
IWM London
In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Jewish News, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors will showcase new works from 14 contemporary photographers. Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families.
Sigi Ciffer
© Tom Hunter. Sigi Ciffer lost his parents and six of his siblings who were murdered in the Holocaust. He arrived in the UK in 1946 with just £10 from the Red Cross.


Activity, Family

Spies and Disguise

Activity, Family

Spies and Disguise

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 August 2021
IWM London
For one weekend only this summer holiday, we're looking for new operatives for IWM London's spy school. Think you're up to the challenge?
Find A Spy activity logo
© Shelly Laslo 2020

Home Learning Resources

From spies to submarines and life on the home front, Imperial War Museums is sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections. 

Poster image for episode of Adventures in History: Carers Part One
Media Studies
Carers - Part One
Discover how people cared for the wounded in the First World War, how they used their skills and resourcefulness to make sure the injured were cared for.
Adventures in History: D-Day - People and Planning
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.
Poster for Family Mission: Animal Investigators
Family Mission: Animal Investigators
Use your animal investigator skills to find out what roles these special animals played during wartime. 

Stories from the museum

No other museum tells stories that matter more than these.

  • Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew, July 1943.
    IWM TR 1127

    From the First World War to the present day, explore our articles on war and conflict, and its impact on service personnel and civilians. 

  • The Baghdad car, damaged in a car bomb attack on the book market at Al-Mutanabbi Street in central Baghdad in 2007
    © IWM
    Museum Collection

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

  • Mike, one of the veterans participating in IWM's We Were There programme
    We Were There

    We Were There is Imperial War Museums’ remarkable programme where visitors can meet real life veterans and eyewitnesses of war. Although it’s not currently possible to meet our We Were There volunteers, you can discover more about the people behind the stories.

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