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In 1917, whilst the First World War still raged, the Cabinet decided to set up a museum to collect and display material from the Great War, which was thought to be ‘the war to end all wars’. This theory was disproven with the event of WWII, during which time a German bomb landed on the museum’s Naval Gallery, destroying some of its naval models.
Luckily, the rest of the Imperial War Museum survived and now tells the tale of both the First and Second World Wars.
March your way through the museum and look at preserved artefacts, photographs, and hear stories from survivors, gaining a true sense of what it was like to be involved in and live through wartime captured at its best at the Imperial War Museum. Displayed across six floors, the museum’s vast collections encompass a wealth of objects – from uniforms to photographs, vehicles to films, weapons to works of art – each with a story to tell.
The museum suggests that the Holocaust gallery might be too harrowing for children under the age of fourteen. However, parents can take younger kids at their own discretion.