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

Opening Times

Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Open daily Monday 20 December to Sunday 9 January (excl. 24, 25, 26 December)
Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ (view map)

Tickets

Free Admission, advanced booking advised for timed entry.
Walk up anytime on the day, at busy times you may need to wait.
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As a thank you for your support, you will enjoy free admission to our charging branches including IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast.

Secrets of the Imperial War Museum
Discover more about the brand new six-part documentary series exploring behind-the-scenes at all five of IWM's branches.
New episode every Friday at 7pm from 26 November on Channel 5.

Our new galleries are now open

Dedicated to conserving, displaying and interpreting stories of the most devastating conflict in human history, IWM London is the first museum in the world to house Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries under the same roof. These new galleries will change the way we understand the past for generations to come.  Spanning two floors, these vast new galleries bring together the stories of real people from diverse communities to examine the complex relationship between the Holocaust and the course and consequences of the Second World War.

Visitors exploring the Second World War exhibition
Permanent Display

Second World War Galleries

IWM London
Permanent

Now Open
Holocaust exhibition with two visitors
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Permanent Display

The Holocaust Galleries

IWM London
Permanent

Now Open

During busy periods, we cannot guarantee access to the new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries, even if you have pre booked a general admission ticket. You may have to collect a timed ticket from the info desk on level 0 to enter the new galleries.

DISCOVER IWM LONDON

  • IWM London Exterior Summer
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Exhibitions & Installations

Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero

Exhibitions & Installations

Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero

Until 9 January 2022
IWM London
In November 2001, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders visited Ground Zero to capture the devastation caused by the 9/11 terror attacks and the huge recovery operation being undertaken. Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero presents large scale photographs taken less than two months after the attacks, as the gravity of these events left a new world in their wake.
Visitor with her back to the camera, looking at photograph in Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
Exhibitions & Installations

Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

Exhibitions & Installations

Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

Until 9 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.
 Sir Ben Helfgott MBE with his grandson Sam
© Frederic Aranda.

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
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History
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
History
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
History
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.
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    History

    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
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    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
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    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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