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Imperial War Museum North

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Address: Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford M17 1TZ, England
Phone Number: +44 161 836 4000
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Fascinating presentation of the impact of conflict on people's lives. Part...
Fascinating presentation of the impact of conflict on people's lives. Part of Imperial War Museums
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Should be a lot better

This is a modern museum supposedly dedicated to the people involved in wars but its conception could hardly be less innovative - loads of objects in glass cases essentially. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This is a modern museum supposedly dedicated to the people involved in wars but its conception could hardly be less innovative - loads of objects in glass cases essentially. The exhibition takes you chronologically from WW1 through to modern warfare but coverage is patchy. Certainly there are interesting things on display and the Big Picture audio-video shows are quite good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Took the boyfriend here to complete his birthday weekend (he is very into history). The war museum was a great addition to the trip. I Went when I was much younger and remember it being very interactive. Now I am older I find it an extremely interesting and a reflective experience, yet once again an enjoyable experience. Would recommend to... More 

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Bury, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited with my Dad, nearly 80, as part of a day into Manchester. Overall, he came out very impressed and this is a guy who has seen his share of war growing up as a boy in the Black Country. The place is big and contains a variety of exhibits that broadly depict war and conflict through the ages. On... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent , you could spend the day there ,lots to read and the exhibits were very good.great history lesson for myself ,while at school all we got was roman history nothing to do with the last wars.I loved it.

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South Wingfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a visit for the building alone. The fragmentation of the building is reflected in the fragmentation of the exhibits - which all reflects the narrative fracturing of war. while many of the permanent exhibits are found in many museums the special exhibitions are well curated and, in my limited experience, well worth a visit.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My friend and I visit a various different places during the year historical houses, museums, famous gardens etc. and unfortunately this was one of the poorest exhibitions we have visited! The museum seems to be disjointed in its approach with many little areas of the main route which contain very basic artefacts The presentation by way of projecting on to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The museum felt a little empty and a little unorganised. Most of the exhibits were the usual war museum artefacts kept behind windows running the whole way round the museum with the centre filled with small rooms with more artefacts behind windows, an old car, a tank and a few missiles. The piece from the World Trade Centre was of... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We thought this was a great museum with lots to see and do; certainly enough for future visits. If you've a head for heights then visit the viewing platform for great views of the surrounding developments and the dock area.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We hadn't intended visiting the museum it was a spur of the moment decision on the Saturday morning, but found it very interesting and although the layout was not what I expected it means you are not on top of other people (especially in busy times). The staff were very helpful as was the young man in the café. It... More 

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Lincolnshire, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Can't say I enjoyed this visit. We arrived during a 'projection' and felt as if we were intruding on something - a bit like arriving in the cinema halfway through a film. While this was going on it was very difficult to see the exhibits. Not for me.

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