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The Imperial War Museums


Visit London and check out all 5 of the Imperial War Museums.

The Imperial War Museums, or IWM, is a leading authority on conflict and its impact. Focusing on the history of Britain, its former Empire and the commonwealth, from the First World War to the present, the IWM makes up a family of five museums.  The IWM seeks to provide and encourage the history of the modern war and wartime experience. It’s regarded as one of the essential sites of London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester.

The Museums

-The IWM London

The London museum tells the stories of people’s experiences from WW1 to conflicts today. The admission is free and it’s open every day from 10am-6pm. Currently, The IWM London is highlighting their exhibition, “Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS”. The display shows how Britain’s armed forces deal with differing aspects of global security, comparing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the coalition efforts fighting ISIS in the Middle East.

-IWM North

This iconic, modern designed museum located in Manchester explores how war affects every person. The admission is free and it’s open every day from 10am to 5pm. This year, museumgoers can learn more about fashion during the 1940s with the featured exhibition, “Fashion on the Ration”. The display explores how men and woman found new ways to dress as rationing took hold in the 1940s.

-IWM Duxford

This historic airfield and museum celebrates aviation history and highlights the lives of the people who lived and worked and RAF Duxford. The museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm and admission is £18 for adults. When visiting the IWM Duxford, attendees can get up-close to some of the most famous aircraft in the world and learn about the men and women who created them.

-Churchill War Rooms

Visit the site of a secret WW2 bunker and museum that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy. The museum is open every day from 9:30 to 6pm and the price of admission is £19 for adults. See the Cabinet War Rooms for yourself and discover the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster. Experience the underground bunker that protected the Queen’s secrets during the Second World War.

-HMS Belfast

This historic warship offers in-depth views of what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea from WW2 to 1963. The museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm and price of admission is £16 for adults. This autumn, you can bring the whole family to experience life at sea on Europe’s only surviving Second World War Cruiser.


AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.

AESU offers several trips to London and the UK, including CosmopolitanEuro SpreeExplorerEuro Focus, and our most popular tour, Great Escape. Explore England and its rich history and culture.

Our 2017 dates will be released next month! In the meantime, take a look at our deals page and start daydreaming about your next adventure!

If you have any questions or want help booking your next London adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!


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