Churchill Museum

Churchill Museum (49)

As part of the series of spaces that make up the Imperial War Museum, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms occupies a key part of the military history of Great Britain: the Second World War.

These 19 rooms are close to Parliament Square, but are distinguished by a curious feature: they are underground, specifically beneath the Government Offices. The explanation is that the Cabinet War Rooms were the anti-aircraft refuges in which, during the bombardments of the Second World War, the War Cabinet met, with Winston Churchill at the head. So go down the steps called Clive Steps, pay your entrance fee and enjoy the spectacle.

History lovers will appreciate being able to look around the private rooms of the ministers and army officers, among which features Churchill’s bedroom. You can also have a look at the Cabinet Room, where the British Army made its operational plans during the conflict. The map room is another big attraction of the place.

Due to the fact that the original arrangement of the furniture has been respected and that many objects from the period have been preserved, such as telephones and maps, you will easily be able to go back in time to when the crucial decisions were taken for the later unfolding of history and the world order.

In fact, as the heads of the museum state, the Cabinet War Rooms were discretely closed the day after the Armistice, and since that 16th of August 1945 have been conserved integrally, with every book, map, pin and lamp exactly where they were left.

The Churchill Museum is, in contrast, a space where, thanks to technology and a commendable multimedia display, we follow the career of the great statesman who led Great Britain to be on the winner’s side in the Second World War. 

It is divided into 5 parts that cover the 90 years of Winston Churchill’s life, although, to make the transition from the Cabinet War Rooms, the exhibition starts on the 10th of May 1940, the date on which Churchill was appointed Prime Minister. From there, thanks to an interactive graphic time line that is 15 metres long, we can go either forward or back in time, as if it were a time machine. 

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