Imperial War Museum North (sometimes referred to as IWM North) is a museum in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England. One of five branches of the Imperial War Museum, it explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. It is the first branch of the Imperial War Museum to be located in the north of England. The museum occupies a site overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal on Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, an area which during the Second World War was a key industrial centre and consequently heavily bombed during the Manchester Blitz in 1940. Just across the Trafford Wharf Road from the Museum is the bulk of the Rank Hovis Flour Mill, a survivor from a former industrial age and now rather out of keeping with the surrounding architecture. The area is now home to the Lowry cultural centre and the MediaCityUK development, which stand opposite the museum at Salford Quays.
The museum building was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and opened in July 2002, receiving 470,000 visitors in its first year of opening. It was recognised with awards or prize nominations for its architecture and is a prime example of Deconstructivist architecture. The museum features a permanent exhibition of chronological and thematic displays, supported by hourly audiovisual presentations which are projected throughout the gallery space. The museum also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions in a separate gallery. Since opening, the museum has operated a successful volunteer programme, which since January 2007 has been run in partnership with Manchester Museum. As part of a national museum, Imperial War Museum North is financed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and by self-generated income. Admission is free.
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Michelle Harper | Mar 2, 2018
A really interesting place to visit. We took our 7 year old and 10 year old, and they both enjoyed the museum. My 7 year old did find some aspects upsetting, but being a museum showing the atrocities of war this is to be expected. The Syria display was incredibly moving, and provided a good opportunity to talk to my children about refugees, and how war affects people. Most major wars appear to be covered, although I didn't come across much regarding the Gulf War. It could have been that I simply missed it. I would definitely recommend visiting if in the area.
Mike W | Mar 4, 2018
Excellent facility. Very interesting historically. Well laid out. Café facilities are excellent. Great location. Everyone should learn the history about what our ancestors went through to preserve our futures. Well done IWM.
Jan Davidson | Jan 3, 2018
Love it here, my second visit and this time without children so spent much longer looking at details. Multi-media shows are fantastic and awe inspiring. World Trade Centre relic sobering and brings message of continuous war home. Great facilities and helpful staff alongside great gift shop makes this a great day out for everyone except perhaps small children.
Julie McCabe | Jan 21, 2018
Excellent museum with informative and thought-provoking displays showing the bravery and resourcefulness of every day people faced with the horror of war. It's free to enter but there is a charge for parking which seems expensive - £5.00 for up to four hours - but goes towards the upkeep of the museum. The pay and display machines are cash only but you can get change from the parking attendant office near the main gate. There are excellent cafe and toilet facilities plus a great gift shop.
james Smith | Feb 28, 2018
Not the biggest exhibition in the country, but a good well structured walk through history. For me the golden nazi Eagle and the T34 tank are two highlights of the exhibit. There is no entry price here which is always a winner and can easily be a free few hours out. I would strongly advise buying the guide book as it is very detailed and a good knowledge source but on top of all, it helps support the museum.
Daniel Pearce | Mar 15, 2018
I have visited the IWM on many occasions, I love this place. The events they have get you thinking about the world we live in & what is going on around us. The cafe is also great & the shop has a good selection of nice mementos for any visitor or different gift ideas. The staff are wonderful, always friendly & happy to help & lovely to talk to. It's free admission, so if you have a few hours spare go check it out.
John Smith | Mar 30, 2018
A great place to visit. The Sea Harrier alone is worth the visit. Then there is the steel beams from the Word Trade Centres, just two name two of the fascinating exhibits. The cafe looks great and there are lockers available near the toilets to store your belongings while you walk around.
Benjamin Tivey | Mar 25, 2018
This was a really good day out and an eye opener to what is going on in the world right now. On the time of going March 2018 it was free entrance with the option to buy a £5 information booklet about the museum that was well worth it. They have big shows there every 30mins that submerge the whole Museum Into Darkness and you become a part of what's going on really good day would recommend to anyone that's looking for something to do in Manchester.
janet Wright | Mar 24, 2018
Quite an emotional day. The way this museum has been created with the film's on the wall it's so prominent and real . The 9 11 structure and Syria room show you the reality of what has happened. I wish for peace in the world. Thankyou for all the staff who are very informative and helpful. The cafe has lovely salads and sausage rolls are delicious.
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