Her Majesty The Queen opened the world’s first major museum dedicated to the life of Sir Winston Churchill on 10 February 2005. The Churchill Museum is an integral part of the historic Cabinet War Rooms, located beneath the Treasury building in Whitehall, where visitors from all over the world and from all age groups can explore the character and experiences of the man behind the legend. The museum examines how Churchill achieved his global iconic status and looks at the changing world in which he lived his long and extraordinary life.
The museum combines cutting-edge technology, rare and significant historical objects, and thousands of images, film and sound recordings to tell the story of Churchill’s ninety-year life. Visitors follow the successes and controversies, the highs and lows, and the joys and sorrows of this pre-eminent and multi-talented writer, soldier and politician.
The Churchill Museum is housed within the Cabinet War Rooms the very rooms from which Churchill directed Britain’s war effort in the nation’s darkest days. Take a step back in time first, viewing the Cabinet Room and the Transatlantic Telephone Room, which are left as they were when last used in 1945.
The Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms will be known simply as the Churchill War Rooms from 2010.