Imperial War Museum London

Imperial War Museum

In summer 2014, after a major redevelopment, the museum has fully re-opened with the launch of brand new First World War Galleries to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War.

To find out more visit the IWM website.


About the Imperial War Museum Collections

Imperial War Museum (press photo)

The collections illustrate all aspects of warfare in the twentieth century where British and Commonwealth forces have been engaged.

Research Sources at the IWM

Extensive research material held by the Imperial War Museum's seven collecting departments can be visited and viewed by making an appointment with the relevant department:

For information about the collections and the Explore History Centre go to the Collections section of the Imperial War Museum website at:


Online Search of the Collections

If you wish to search the collections to find out a title of a published book in the Printed Books Department, for example, as in a regimental history, you can go to the IWM Collections Search section on the museum website:


Collections Enquiry Service

A service is available whereby enquiries can be sent to the museum staff who can provide information about the collections. To make an enquiry go to:

Website: (IWM Collections Enquiry Service)

Learning at the IWM

The Education Department at the Imperial War Museum offers a wide range of teaching sessions and resources to help make the visit to the museum a memorable one.

Website: Learning

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Open daily 10.00 - 18.00. Last admission 17.30.

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.


Location of Imperial War Museum London

Address: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England

Telephone: (enquiries) +44 (0)207 416 5000

Fax: (main building) +44 (0)207 416 5374



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Photographs of the Imperial War Museum courtesy of the Imperial War Museum London Press Office.