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

What's on

Documentary challenge
Easter, Family
Documentary Challenge

IWM London

Every day

IWM London Holocaust Exhibition
Tour
The Holocaust Exhibition: A Guided Tour

IWM London

25 April, 4 May, 14 May and 23 May 2019 at 4pm

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 photograph of Corporal Matt Croucher GC from 2008
Corporal Matt Croucher GC, 2008 © IWM
Permanent display
Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes

IWM London

Permanent

Enigma machine on display in the Turning Points gallery
Enigma Machine © IWM (COM 228)
Permanent display
Turning Points: 1934 - 1945

IWM London

Permanent

 

To facilitate the development of IWM London’s ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries, The Holocaust Exhibition will close temporarily from 1-14 July 2019 and the Secret War and Family in Wartime galleries have closed permanently. 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. If you have any questions, please contact customer services.

Coming soon

John Singer Sargent's painting, A Street in Arras. Soldiers leaning against a bomb-damaged building.
John Singer Sargent, A Street in Arras, 1918 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1607)
Season
Culture Under Attack

IWM London

5 July 2019 to 5 January 2020

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IWM London Tours

IWM London

IWM London Tours

Explore IWM London’s galleries with one of our IWM Expert Guides.
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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.
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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.