Imperial War Museum (London, England)

Off to the London Imperial War Museum? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

Estimated Attendance

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Useful Information

Tips for your visit

Avoid visiting the Imperial War Museum of London in August, that’s the busiest month. Easter holidays and autumn break are another periods to avoid - it may become very overcrowded inside!

The calmest period at IWM London is from November to January: crowds won’t bother you, we promise! September and June are slightly more crowded, but still give a great opportunity to discover museum without queues and tons of visitors.

Choose an afternoon for your visit, mornings tend to be more crowded. The best time to come is around two hours before the closing time - that’s when IWM is at its calmest.

Try to avoid Saturday, it’s the busiest day of the week. Pick Sunday if you don’t have other choice but visiting during the weekend. Wednesday is usually the least crowded day of the week, though the difference is not that big, and coming on a weekday afternoon will generally let you avoid the crowds even during the high season.

Opening hours and admission fees

  • Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
  • Last admission is at 5.30pm.
  • The Museum is closed on 24, 25, and 26 December.

Permanent collections are free to visit.

For temporary exhibitions entry fees may be applied, check on the official website or ask at Museum’s Information Desk.

London Imperial War Museum

IWM London

Photo credits to Paul Simpson via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Contact numbers

Imperial War Museum of London 020 7416 5000
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IWM London
📍 Lambeth Road

By underground: Imperial War Museum is a short walk from Lambeth North (10 mins), Waterloo (15 mins), Elephant and Castle (15 mins) underground stations.

By bus: lines 159, 344, 360.

By train: IWM London is a 15 minute walk from London Waterloo, Waterloo East, and Elephant and Castle rail stations.

By car: there is limited parking available near the museum, prefer coming on public transport if possible.

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