Imperial War Museum - London - Great Britain

Address: Lambeth Road, London (See map)
Telephone: +44 (0)207-4165320

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: restaurant
Size of the museum/site: large
Year of visit: 2000

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Description: If there is a mother of all war museums at all, it must surely be this one. The Imperial War Museum London is an active museum, providing material and information for other museums around Europe, and contributing to dozens of TV-documentaries. The museum focuses on the wars of the twentieth century.

Absolute highlights are the "Trench Experience" (a very realistic reconstruction of a British trench during World War I), the "Blitz Experience" (where you seek refuge in a second World War air-raid shelter during a German raid on London), and the numerous 'classics' in the field of armoured warfare (Mark V tank, Matilda, Jagdpanther, mini submarines, to name but a few). Furthermore, the extensive background information provided throughout the museum is easily accessible and keeps you fascinated.

Be sure to keep track of the time when you visit this museum with only a few hours to spend, because time flies while you wander through decades of wartime history.

Huge naval guns mark the entrance of the famous Imperial War Museum.

German BMW motorcycle combination, used en masse during WWII.

British Mark V tank, used during the final stages of the First World War on the Western Front.

Over the top Lads! Great dioramas of the trenches from WWI.

British Infantry Tank Mark II 'Matilda' used during the fighting in France at the beginning of the second World War.

Liaison officer in a British trench during WWI.

Jagdpanther tank destroyer (WWII, German).

The succesful Soviet T-34 tank, deployed in great numbers at the Eastern Front (WWII).

Axis mini submarine.

Various planes of the First and Second World War.