Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum boasts thousands of exhibits from art to aircraft. It covers both the military and social aspects of war.
The Ole Bill open-top London bus from World War One is still there but the museum is holding the attention of the young generation with interactive videos, the Blitz Experience and simulated RAF flight.
The IWM takes over our military story from the National Army Museum in Chelsea which restricts itself to the pre 20th century.
The IWM is housed in part of the former Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam), built in 1811 and relocated in 1930, with the museum arriving from South Kensington in 1936.
Admission to the museum has been free since December 2001. Some special exhibitions carry an admission charge.
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