Imperial War Museum
Established in 1917 the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth houses a collection of weaponry, war memorabilia, military vehicles and war-related artwork, most of which is dedicated to the British conflicts of the twentieth century.
The museum is an important UK attraction , but with visitor numbers falling far short of other London museums north of the Thames – and it is for this that a visit here can seem a lot more special.
The Museum is also the flagship for the Imperial War Museum group which is responsible for a number of other popular, war-related London attractions and UK attractions:
HMS Belfast moored near Tower Bridge is a decommissioned battleship that saw action during the Second World War, most notably providing naval gunfire support for troops landing on Gold and Juno beaches during the Normandy landings. Today she is a ‘naval time capsule’ and receives around 250,000 visitors every year.
Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire is Europe’s leading aviation museum. Formally a RAF Duxford, a fighter station and later a base for American bombers during WWII the museum also has an impressive collection of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits.
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms are situated between St James’s Park and Whitehall. Originally built to house and protect Churchill and the members of the cabinet during the air aids of the Second World War, the War Rooms are an underground network of tunnels including a sitting room and even Churchill’s bedroom.
Imperial War Museum North situated near the Lowry Museum at Manchester’s Trafford Quays is home to a collection of weaponry, war memorabilia and military vehicles, again within the context of Twentieth Century British conflicts.
While entry to the Imperial War Museum London is currently free, the other UK attractions within the group all have an entrance fee. The Imperial War museum website has details of ticket prices, opening times and travel information.