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"Imperial War Museum" Imperial War Museum Tip by Blatherwick

Imperial War Museum, London: 59 reviews and 120 photos

  Imperial War Museum
by Blatherwick

The original location of the Imperial War Museum was the Crystal Palace, located at the top of Sydenham Hill. The museum was founded there in 1917 to commemorate those who died during the First World War. When that building burnt down on November 30, 1936 a new location had to be found, they settled on a building in Lambeth. The building was originally a psychiatric hospital called Bethlem Royal Hospital, located in St. George's Fields.

The museum features a collection of military vehicles, weapons, war memorabilia, a library, a photographic archive, and an art collection. The setup is really well done with planes hanging from the ceiling. The museum concentrates on conflicts of the 20th century and later. One of the best exhibits is the room dedicated to the Victoria Cross and George Cross.

Entrance is free, though there may be charges for special exhibitions, and its open daily 10.00am - 6.00pm.

Address: Lambeth Road
Directions: Lambeth North or Southwark tube
Phone: 020 7416 5320

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  • Written Aug 21, 2005
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