Imperial War Museum London

Notice of Closure until Summer 2014

Imperial War Museum

IWM London will close its public galleries for the final phase of a major refurbishment from 6th January 2014.

This is to enable the museum to safely and securely deliver the most disruptive construction works for an ambitious project to transform IWM London.

During the period of closure IWM’s four other branches – Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast in London, IWM Duxford and IWM North – will remain open.

Re-opening Summer 2014

In summer 2014, after a year of continued transformation and development, the museum will fully re-open with the launch of brand new First World War Galleries to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War, a new Atrium as well as new shops and a park-side café.

To find out more visit the IWM website.

Research Departments Open

The Research Collections will be open to visitors while the public areas of the museum are closed during the refurbishment. See the IWM website for details of the collections and how to book an appointment. (Please note that visitors must make an apppointment to view material in the research departments, giving at least 3 days' notice.)

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: 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. While the museum is closed for the refurbishment there will be no visits for schools during the spring and summer terms of 2014. Check back with the museum website once the museum is open for visits booking from the autumn term 2014.

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Public galleries closed from 6th January 2014 to July 2014.

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.