So a drive to the train station and then travel cards in hand to go into Waterloo station. We had looked at where the various museums were and decided to go to the IWM first as it wasn't far from Waterloo. The plan was to catch the bus but as we walked we realised we were pretty close to the museum by the time we found the right bus-stop so carried on walking.
IWM there was a free exhibition on The Wartime Farm which I'd seen on the website. This was a fun little exhibition with some animals and the highlight for Imogen was a full size model of a cow with teats to have a go at hand-milking! She's seen this done at our local working museum farm but never had a go before, so this was a bit of fun and she said afterwards that she might have a go next time we go to the farm.
main hall. I'm pleased looking back that I didn't look at the details of this on the website before visiting, it had a greater effect just walking into the unknown. All were explored with great interest and Imogen had lots of questions which we tried to answer as best we could. We learned a lot ourselves too. It is a fantastic museum, with many exhibitions we would love to return to another time. Some quite grim but in our view important to see, although the holocaust one may not be appropriate for Imogen at her tender age.
the fabulous main hall displaysThe unmistakable Spitfire
Imogen loved the submarine exhibition area, trying out the periscope, etc.
If anyone is interested in the Dig for Victory campaign, wartime living, etc - I highly recommend a visit to this exhibition before if closes in January 2011. I highly recommend a visit to the IWM anyway, whatever interests you, so much to see and learn.
Natural History museum and other London sights in another post ...