The Imperial War Museum in London is far from what comes to be a museum dedicated to the army where you can find elements of war, uniforms, weapons and everything related to this negative facet of human beings.
And it is that in it we can find exhibitions to understand the warlike conflicts of history and to make people aware of the need for this facet not to be repeated.
There is no better place in the world to have a similar museum than London, whose country has historically participated in numerous wars.
History of the Imperial War Museum in London
The origins of the Imperial War Museum in London date back to 1917, in the midst of the First World War.
It was when it was decided to create a museum to make humanity aware of the evils of war.
It was in 1920 when it was inaugurated, although its initial location was not the current one, but the Crystal Palace was chosen, which had been used for the Universal Exhibition of 1851.
The collection remained there until 1936 when it was transferred to the Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital, the museum ‘s current headquarters, although not the only one since it can also be seen in other venues, including the warship HMS Belfast.
Visit the collection of the Imperial War Museum
The main headquarters of the Imperial War Museum is devoted primarily to the First World War.
Although also to a lesser extent to the Second World War and other wars in which the United Kingdom has participated.
In this venue we can find typical elements of military museums such as tanks, planes, bombs and weapons (even the casing of an atomic bomb).
But the most important is the part dedicated to the impact of wars on society.
The building consists of 6 floors from which you will leave amazed and aware of the disasters of war. In it, some war scenarios have been reconstructed and the rooms dedicated to children and how they overcame the terror of war as well as those dedicated to espionage deserve special attention.
You should also not miss the section dedicated to the Holocaust and the concentration camps, although it is a very harsh place and you have to be prepared to visit it.
How to visit HMS Belfast
In addition to the museums located in Manchester and Duxord, and the Churchill Museum in London itself, HMS Belfast is another of the sub -headquarters of the Imperial War Museum that we can visit in the United Kingdom.
This royal warship is located on the River Thames in front of the Tower of London and has become one of the biggest attractions in the British capital.
In this boat we can get an idea of what life was like at sea for the soldiers who participated in the Second World War
And it is that it was one of the British ships that participated in this war as well as the Korean War as well as other war conflicts that took place between 1938 and 1965, years in which this ship was active.
Since 1971 it has been a floating museum that can be explored with an audio guide visiting the decks, the cabins, the hold, the kitchen or the infirmary.
You can visit practically every corner of the ship and it is a unique experience for any visitor to London that will take you to the bloodiest war in the history of mankind and you will discover what life was like on it.
You can find more information on the official website of the Imperial War Museum.
You can find more information on the official website of HMS Belfast.