What to see at IWM London this summer

IWM London now – partially – reopen

Last week IWM London partially re-opened. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we are transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, creating new spaces and new ways for you to explore our unique collections.

We closed IWM London in January to carry out the most disruptive works and on 29 July we partially re-opened. What do we mean by ‘partially’? Well, our major building redevelopments continue until next summer and so access around the museum is limited. Our First and Second World War Galleries have closed and our atrium and large object displays – including aircrafts, tanks and artillery – are covered from view.

One of our visitors gets interactive in Horrible Histories: Spies

Of course there is still plenty to see and do when you visit, including our major new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies; a new programme of contemporary art and photography, IWM Contemporary; and a rehang of our art collection, Architecture of War.

Many of our permanent galleries are also open including The Holocaust Exhibition, The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes, A Family in Wartime, Secret War and our Art Galleries. You can find out what’s on, including our events and activities taking place during the school holidays, by visiting iwm.org.uk.

A view of our new atrium opening in summer 2014. Image by Fosters + Partners

In summer 2014 we will reveal  our transformed museum including new galleries dedicated to the First World War in summer 2014. The war was a turning point in world history, and you’ll be able to discover new stories and new perspectives through the latest historical research, innovative technology and our exceptional collections.

In addition to these galleries, a dramatic new atrium designed by Foster + Partners will display our most iconic and unusual objects that tell the stories of war and conflict from the First World War to today.

Over the coming months we’ll keep you posted on everything happening behind the scenes as well as the latest updates on forthcoming exhibitions and events as we continue to transform IWM London.

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    • David says: August 21, 201312:07 pm


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