Imperial War Museum
Originally opened in 1920 to collect and display artifacts relating to World War I, the Imperial War Museum now covers many conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth that have taken place since then.
With a huge display of medals, firearms, artillery and uniforms, the Museum has two further sites in London – HMS Belfast, the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms.
During the 20th century, with the UK’s involvement in other conflicts, notably the Second World War, the museum was redefined and now also covers the wars and conflicts in which the British armed forces have fought since 1914.
The First World War exhibition is truly impressive. The experiences of those affected by the war have been turned into experiences for us, the visitors: videos, sound effects, interactive games, everything so that you can imagine the horrors of war through the eyes of these people.
The Cabinet War Rooms are, for many, the highlight of any visit as these are the actual rooms where Winston Churchill led the British effort in World War II. The map room has been left with almost every original artifact, Churchill’s private room, where he would sleep if it were too dangerous to return to Downing Street, and the transatlantic telephone room where Churchill and the American President could conduct secure, strategic discussions, are all open to view along with many other rooms.
How to get to the Imperial War Museum?
Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Tube station: Lambeth North
Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, Royaume-Uni