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Imperial War Museum

KidRated’s Imperial War Museum Top Tips:

  • Don’t be put off by the word ‘war’ in the title, this is one of the most fascinating museums in London
  • If you enjoyed the Imperial War Museum be sure to head to HMS Belfast and the RAF Museum
  • Click here to see what else is on right now

Click here for information about the Night before the Somme late night event.

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.


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.

Booking Advice:

  • Admission is free (apart from special exhibitions)
  • Book online for special exhibitions to avoid disappointment
  • Private tours can be booked online



IWM London
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7416 5000


Opening hours:

Ouvert tous les jours de 10h00 à 18h00.
Fermé du 24 au 26 décembre.Open daily, 10am to 6pm.
Closed 24 to 26 December.

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