Imperial War Museum Outside

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Imperial War Museum Outside - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken outside the front of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London. This image was taken early in the morning, with the sun behind the museum building. Outside are mounted two large ships guns.

Imperial War Museum Outside - FURTHER INFORMATION

Imperial War Museum Outside - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Imperial War Museum Outside' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.

The Imperial War Museum, London (IWM) deals with conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth from the First World War to the present day. It is a major tourist attraction in London, with free entry to the main museum though some of the temporary special exhibitions may be ticketed.

As shown in this image, the approach to the Imperial War Museum London is quite dramatic. In front of the tall, domed building are two 15-inch naval guns, installed here in 1968. These guns were mounted on two Royal Navy warships, HMS Ramillies and the other mounted on HMS Resolution, and both saw action during WWII. Two panoramas show the Entrance Hall and view from the 1st floor Balcony within the musum

Within the vast IWM collections are items of military harware (planes, guns, rockets etc), paintings, letters, sound recordings and other memorabilia. The IWM London has several permanent exhibitions and special temporary exhibitions, some of which can last for a couple of years. Select the date of your visit on this IWM calendar to see what is on at that time. Permanent exhibitions include:

  • Secret War - roles and equipment used by the special forces, espionage and covert operations.
  • Holocaust Exhibition - permanent exhibition about the Nazis' persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War.
  • The Children's War - major exhibition looking at WWII through the eyes of children who lived through it in Britain.

The Imperial War Museum London is one of five branches that collectively make up the IWM nationally. The other branches of the IWM are:

  • HMS Belfast - a light cruiser moored on the River Thames near to City Hall and Tower Bridge. This is a paid attraction, with free entrance to London Pass holders
  • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms - located beneath the Treasury Buildings in Westminster, next to St James Park, again free entrance with the London Pass.
  • Imperial War Museum Duxford - based on Duxford airbase with over 200 military and civil aircraft in seven buildings.
  • Imperial War Museum North - based in Trafford, Greater Manchester, opened in 2002.


Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
United Kingdom


Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line), Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo line, Northern Line).
Bus: 1, 12, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188

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