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The Imperial War Museum is a museum in London featuring military vehicles, weapons, war memorabilia, a library, a photographic archive, and an art collection of 20th century and later conflicts, especially those involving Britain, and the British Empire. This location is the headquarters of a 5-branch system. The other locations are listed at the end of the page. The museum is partially subsidized by the government, but also relies on individual contributions. London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... In economics, a subsidy is generally a monetary grant given by government to lower the price faced by producers or consumers of a good, generally because it is considered to be in the public interest. ...

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London
Fragment of the Berlin Wall, in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum.
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Fragment of the Berlin Wall, in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum.
A replica of the Colditz "Cock" Glider as seen at the Imperial War Museum.
A replica of the Colditz "Cock" Glider as seen at the Imperial War Museum.
P-51 Mustang, Imperial War Museum.
P-51 Mustang, Imperial War Museum.
A German World War II-era Jagdpanther tank destroyer, in the main lobby of the Imperial War Museum.
A German World War II-era Jagdpanther tank destroyer, in the main lobby of the Imperial War Museum.

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The Museum

The Museum features military vehicles, weapons, war memorabilia, a library, a photographic archive, and an art collection. Items in the Museum are not necessarily British, and include other nations at war at the time, primarily France, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Its vast collection contains over 15,000 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and over 30,000 posters. According to the Museum, its collection includes "objects ranging from aircraft, armoured fighting vehicles and naval vessels to uniforms, badges, personal equipment, and medals and decorations; documents, both British and foreign; printed books comprising a national reference library of over 155,000 items; 120 million feet of cine film and over 6,500 hours of video tape; over 6 million photographs and photographic negatives." The grandeur of its collection has transformed the museum into an archive and art museum, as well. Outside the main entrance of the museum are mounted two 15" naval guns from former Royal Navy warships. The left-hand gun was mounted in HMS Ramillies, a Revenge-class battleship, from 1916 to 1941. The right-hand gun was mounted in another Revenge-class battleship, HMS Resolution, from 1915 to 1938, and then in the monitor HMS Roberts, where it took part in the D-Day bombardments. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... HMS Ramillies was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy, named after the battle of Ramillies. ... HMS Royal Sovereign The Revenge-class battleships were five battleships of the Royal Navy, ordered as World War I loomed on the horizon, and launched in 1914–1916. ... HMS Victory in 1884. ... HMS Royal Sovereign The Revenge-class battleships were five battleships of the Royal Navy, ordered as World War I loomed on the horizon, and launched in 1914–1916. ... HMS Victory in 1884. ... HMS Resolution was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy. ... USS Monitor became the prototype of a form of ship built by several navies for coastal defence in the 1860s and 1870s and known as a monitor. ... This is a list of monitors of the Royal Navy: Humber-class HMS Severn HMS Humber HMS Mersey Abercrombie-class HMS Abercrombie HMS Havelock HMS Raglan HMS Roberts Lord Clive-class HMS Lord Clive HMS General Craufurd HMS Earl of Peterborough HMS Sir Thomas Picton HMS Prince Eugene HMS Prince... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ...


Current exhibits

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History

Originally located inside the Imperial Institute (now Imperial College), the Imperial War Museum was moved temporarily to the Crystal Palace, located atop Sydenham Hill. The Museum was founded there in 1917 to commemorate those who had died in World War I (which was still being fought at the time). When that building burned down on November 30, 1936, a new location had to be found, and a building in Lambeth was settled on. That building, designed by Sydney Smirke, had originally been a psychiatric hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital (otherwise known as "Bedlam"), located in St. George's Fields. In 1939, the Museum began including things relating to World War II, and then finally in 1953 it began its current policy of including memorabilia from all modern British conflicts. Tanaka Business School, Imperial College Imperial College London is a college of the University of London which focuses on science and technology, and is located in the South Kensington district of West London. ... Royal School of Mines Entrance Imperial College London is a college of the University of London which focuses on science and technology, and is located in South Kensington in London. ... The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park 1851. ... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire Canada France Italy Russian Empire United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria German Empire Ottoman Empire Commanders Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Sir Arthur Currie Ferdinand Foch Nicholas II Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Wilhelm II Reinhard Scheer Franz Josef I Oskar Potiorek Ä°smail Enver Ferdinand I... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lambeth is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Sydney Smirke (born 1798; died 1877) was a British architect during the 19th century. ... A psychiatric hospital (also called at various places and times, mental hospital, mental ward, asylum or sanitarium) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ... The Bethlem Royal Hospital of London, which has been variously known as St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, is the worlds oldest psychiatric hospital. ... Look up Bedlam in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Obelisk at St. ...


Visiting the Museum

Entrance is free, though there may be charges for special exhibits. Donations are accepted. It is open daily, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.


Nearest Underground stations

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Nearest railway stations

A 1948 poster showing the main concourse. ... Bakerloo line entrance Elephant & Castle station in Elephant and Castle in the London Borough of Southwark, England consists of a main line railway station, serving various suburban stations within south London, and a tube station. ...

Other branches

The Museum also has several other branches in the United Kingdom:

Located in the bunker which was operational nerve centre of the British government during World War 2.
  • HMS Belfast [2]
A light cruiser moored in the Thames.
An aerospace museum, including many military aircraft.
Opened in 2002 to provide access to the people of the North to the museum's collections.

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External links

  • Imperial War Museum official website
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Imperial War Museum North - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (249 words)
The main entrance of the Imperial War Museum North, with the air shard tower.
The Imperial War Museum North is a war museum in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.
The museum features an exhibit called The Big Picture; once an hour, the lights in the main exhibition hall are lowered, photographs and quotations from scenes of war are projected onto all of the walls, and recordings of events echo around the hall.
Imperial War Museum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
The museum was founded there in 1917 to commemorate those who died during the First World War.
The museum concentrates on conflicts of the 20th century and later.
There is a special Holocaust exhibit in the museum showcasing the horrors and brutality of the Holocaust.
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