One of London’s unexpectedly gripping museums has a deceptive name. It’s not just for military buffs, and it’s no gun-fondling armory. Instead of merely showcasing implements of death, the latest tenant of the commodious former mental hospital known as Bedlam takes great care to share the sensations, feelings, and moods of soldiers and civilians caught in past conflicts. In addition to easy-to-grasp background on major wars, the museum intelligently balances tanks and planes with intimate storytelling that unravels propaganda and connects you to the human experience. In 2014, in time for the centenary of World War I, the IWM was expensively renovated into a remarkably modern facility, making it even more worth a trip.
Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Rd., SE1
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–6pm Transportation Tube: Lambeth North or Elephant & Castle Phone 020/7416-5000 Prices Free Web site Imperial War Museum London