The Imperial War Museum was originally founded in London in 1917 to commemorate those who died or suffered in the First World War. It has since expanded to include all conflicts, and now has branches elsewhere in the UK. The museum aims to provide and encourage a study and understanding of the history of modern war and how it affects our lives.
Focusing on British and Commonwealth conflicts from the First World War to the present day, the museum features military vehicles, weapons, war memorabilia, a library, a photographic archive and an art collection, and the exhibits also include film and sound recordings. The museum is open daily from 10.00am - 6.00pm with free entry, although certain special exhibitions may charge an admission fee.
Audio guides are also available for a small charge, and group visits are welcomed. The museum is situated near many of London's other major tourist attractions, and is easily accessed from Lambeth North, Waterloo, Southwark and Elephant & Castle stations.