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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 #18 of 129 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Fascinating presentation of a timeline of 20th-century conflict. Part of Imperial War Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Hard to be really positive and enthusiastic about this museum simply because of its nature, but it was a very interesting experience, and the exhibits were very well thought out and presented. Some of the displays really gave us pause for thought and stayed with us afterwards. More prosaically, the cafe was quite expensive but the portions were very generous... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic architecture and close to other attractions. Light rail and buses from downtown. Every hour movies and sound projected ont the walls. Exhibitions change and show the history and brutality of war dedicated to the people who fight and those at how that keep the home fires burning. Even smells of war and Cold War.

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Bournemouth
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

One to return to as we could spend more time here. Its not like most museums I have been in, and perhaps the confusion and overwhelming impact of this place is what was intended by the designer. After all that is probably what happens to people in wars. There are the traditional artifacts of guns, vehicles, uniforms and so on,... More

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Saint Mawgan, Cornwall, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were greeted by a bizarre piece of 'art' by a random Palestinian, which consisted of cardboard boxes strewn all over the room. We thought we'd wondered into the trade entrance of a warehouse by mistake. The shop and cafe were poor and over-priced. Most displays were bizarre and not what I expected, I was hoping for more history of... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Superb for young people to learn history. Warm welcome and very absorbing displays. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The IWM North is an extraordinary building at Salford Quays. It leads the visitor through war and conflict from 1914 to the present day in a series of well-though-out displays and exhibits.The space and visitor movement is cleverly designed and manages to preserve the feeling of intimacy. For me the personal testimonies and artefacts were the most moving. Every hour... More

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manchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Went with my 10 year old grandson to visit at Imperial War Museum North. Parking is very expensive as are the shop items. We were hoping to spend the day there but 2 hours was more than enough. It was ok, but limited. Luckily my grandson didn't have big expectations so he quite enjoyed it. The cafe upstairs was closed... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I could have spent ages here but there isn't loads for kids that can't read! Only stayed an hour or so, but did have an ok lunch in the cafe beforehand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The title says it all. Even though there were kids running around I managed to block them all out and enjoy this amazing, descriptive and in parts moving summary of the evolving modern day world from the the Great War up to present day. My other half even commented on the fact that I wasnt rushing through this like I... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Not much of a change Visited here when it first opened and Visited here again yesterday and not much has changed apart from the small display next to the main exhibition. It's getting dirty in there now and don't go when schools are they running around acting daft. Not very appropriate in a war museum. Most of the displays are... More

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