About Imperial War Museum

Originally created in order to record the history of the war effort, both abroad and at home, during the First World War, the Imperial War Museum has now expanded to cover all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces were involved. This gives it greater insight into the ideas, experience and pressures of modern warfare and ensures that the Museum continues to produce exhibitions that are both refreshing and relevant.


The Imperial War Museum boasts a constantly rotating selection of temporary exhibitions and visitors can expect an interesting and different experience each time they attend. The IWM London is one of five branches in the UK, three of which are in London.


Site Access

  • It is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair hire is not available.
  • Scooter hire is not available
  • Walking frame hire not available
  • There is not a drop-off point by the entrance
  • Folding seats are available
  • All toilets are accessible
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • There are described guides
  • There are descriptive tours
  • There is subtitled media
  • Induction loops are used throughout
  • Some staff are trained in British Sign Language
  • Large print material is available
  • There is not Braille material
  • There is pushchair accessibility
  • Carers are not discounted
  • There are not concessionary prices




Recent changes are for the better.


The Imperial War Museum used to be quite difficult to move around for wheelchair users. I visited recently, after the refurbishment, and it was much better. Definitely worth a visit.


Great with guide dogs

by Sarah McCarthy

I've been to the museum a number of times with my guide dog and the staff have always been wonderful and welcoming.

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