Exploring the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is located at Lambeth Road and its nearest Underground tube station is Lambeth North while the other closest stations are Waterloo and Elephant & Castle. The museum is famous for its tanks, aircraft and weapons on display as it has the greatest collection of military arms and hardware. It also documents the involvement of Britain and the Commonwealth in the conflicts round the world during the 20th and 21st centuries. The top ten things to see at the museum are:
Naval Guns: Built during World War I on two different British naval ships, these two huge naval guns are exhibited in front of the museum. They have a range of over 15 miles.

First World War Gallery: This gallery reflects the hardships of life on the frontline during the 4-year-long war and how it was different from the trauma of shortages faced on the home front. The gallery will take you back in time to relate the personal stories of the soldiers, civilians and families affected by the war.

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Tanks: At the museum, you can track the amazing development of tanks from the lumbering British beasts to the more efficient and sprightly machines that helped in winning the Second World War.

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Aircraft: You can see a Spitfire which had flown over 50 sorties during the aerial duels of the Battle of Britain in 1940 and was piloted by 13 of the pilots from ‘The Few’. It is one of the most celebrated fighter aircrafts and is owned by the museum.

Family in Wartime Exhibition: This exhibition in the form of recollections of the Allpress family and objects of the time reveals the travails of the families of London during the dark days of the Second World War and how they struggled for survival with meager rations like just 4oz of bacon a week.

Holocaust Exhibition: Watching this exhibition provides a solemn and disturbing experience as it recounts the first-hand testimonies of those who faced the darkest chapter of human conflicts. It is not recommended for children under 14.

World War II Rockers: Known as the ‘Vengeance Rockers’, these huge unmanned and uncontrollable weapons had destroyed as many London homes during the closing years of WWII as during the Blitz.

Surveillance Drones: Hanging above the balcony of the second floor of the museum is a surveillance drone which is a British battery-powered aerial vehicle that was used to track the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Secret War: This free exhibition reveals spy aircraft and how secret intelligence is gathered. It features exploding briefcases, hidden cameras and listening devices hidden in smoking pipes that reveal the real British Secret Service.

Lord Ashcraft Collection: This collection of medals and military decorations reveals the truth behind incredible war missions.

Imperial War Museum Shop: It offers an incredible selection of books, brochures and historic propaganda posters.

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