The Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum, to be technical, is a system of museums throughout the United Kingdom including the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms and the HMS Belfast. For the purposes of this article though, we are focusing on the IWM London.
The museum is a quick and easy walk from Lambeth North tube station and is set in a beautiful park setting.
What is most interesting is that the museum building was formerly the central portion of Bethlem Royal Hospital, or Bedlam. That’s worth a visit on its own! The museum started in 1920 and has been housed in its current location since 1936 and the collections encompass all military campaigns involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.
[stextbox id="custom" caption="LandLopers Tip" float="true" align="right" big="true"]Plan at least half a day for the museum. The collection is extensive and well worth the time. Bring a picnic lunch though to enjoy in the park afterwards.[/stextbox]
Some of the highlights include a remarkable collection of war time posters with such classic taglines as “Keep Calm and Carry On,” a current exhibition about life in the trenches and a jaw-dropping collection of war machines.
Plan on spending at least a few hours here as some of the permanent exhibitions are quite thorough and fascinating. Also plan on visiting another Imperial War Museum facility in London, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms located near Westminster.
Open daily 10.00am – 6.00pm
Last admission 5.45pm
(closed 24, 25 and 26 December)
ADMISSION IS FREE
(Special exhibitions may charge an admission fee)