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While redevelopment takes place at IWM London the venue remains partially open to visitors, offering three temporary exhibitions.
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IWM London closed in January as part of a major transformation project, due for completion in summer 2014. The venue partially reopened on 29 July 2013 to host a trio of temporary exhibitions that will run until the rest of the work is finished.
The three exhibitions that feature are Horrible Histories: Spies; a family friendly Second World War spy-craft encounter that covers everything from cracking codes to sabotage, IWM Contemporary; a new programme showcasing leading artists' response to conflict and Architecture of War; a rehang of the museum's existing art collection that highlights the impact warfare has on the environment.
From 2014 the venue will offer a host of new attractions, including First World War Galleries to mark the 100th anniversary; a new atrium with large object displays and a café that will open directly onto Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.
Several existing galleries will reopen: A Family in Wartime; Secret War, revealing the clandestine world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces; Extraordinary Heroes, containing the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses; Second World War Portraits; and the Holocaust Exhibition.
IWM’s other London Branches, HMS Belfast and Churchill War Rooms are open as normal during this time.