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Imperial War Museum North

Trafford Wharf Rd | The Quays, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1TZ, England
+44 161 836 4000
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Ranked #16 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visit the award-winning IWM North to discover powerful stories that reveal how war shapes lives, from a soldier's last letter home to the twisted... more » Owner description: Visit the award-winning IWM North to discover powerful stories that reveal how war shapes lives, from a soldier's last letter home to the twisted steel of New York City's World Trade Center. Housed in Daniel Libeskind's iconic building that represents a globe torn apart by conflict, and is designed to enhance visitors' experience of the effects of war, IWM North offers a free day out like no other. « less
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York, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A good museum although layout could have been better - not helped by the shape of the building. Plenty of interesting displays.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Really cleverly designed museum with huge amount of exhibits. Incredible building opposite the Lowry on the Manchester ship canal. The viewing platform is a surprise too for a very small charge. The museum is free, charge for car parking.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the sights & the sounds here, really interesting from WW1 straight through to current conflicts. Take your time to look at it all, it is so informative about everything from how the Wars started to how all people(s) were affected. Impressed - Good Shop too !

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Really interesting museum. Lots of exhibits in a fantastic purpose built building. be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours. there is also a cafe available

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is well worth the time to visit, thought provoking exhibits and focused on contemporary conflicts as well as 20th century. Great space to be in and easy to move around.

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Essex, uk
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

In my opinion the museum was too modern for the contents it was holding. It would have been nice to get a feel for war times and I don't feel that I have learnt anything new. The London Museum is definitely better.

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La Spezia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my visit at IMperial Museum, it has lots of interesting section and i spent hours to visit it all. It has also a terrace whereyou can admire all the River park quay area wich is really beautiful. I suggest it to every Manchester visitor!!!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

An extremely interesting couple of hours! oodles of memorabillia with phots and hand written letters and love poems! An emotional film was showed and as my son is in the navy it did hit home a bit! The viewing tower was unexpected but we did go up! what a view from the top!! had a great time and would recommend... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Honestly I can not believe they need such a big building for so little stuff. Finished in less than an hour. Disappointing.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

To be honest, there was no cost - three generations of our family visited here after looking at the exhibition at the Lowry centre, over the quay. Plenty to see and listen to, helpful staff and regular hands on experiences. Well worth a visit for all ages.

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