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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 #14 of 126 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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La Spezia, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Having previously visited several times, I always visit when in the area, the museum has regularly changing exhibitions and good views of the Ship Canal and the developing Media city. No matter how many times I visit I always find new things to see and learn from. It was very busy during this visit and this made some of the... More

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Gateshead
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a very great exhibition which I feel manages to tell us about the history of war as well as it's futility. The exhibits are well displayed and linked to real people in a meaningful way. The big AV event was stunning and moving. It's great that's its a free exhibition and they do work hard to get money... More

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Horsham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was a wet day in Manchester, and we needed to do something with teens instead of just playing minecraft. Looking around and having been to Salford Quays recently for a meeting I thought we would give this a try. We were not disappointed. It was a insightful journey through the last century of war and the implications of it.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

As always well worth a visit. The new topical WW1 exhibition based on the experiences of those who lived in the northwest is well worth spending time in. Only downside is the cafe - grubby, uninspiring menu and slow!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We were initially attracted by the great building when wandering around Salford Quays, but found that the contents inside were equally amazing. Lots of very interesting history to see, all well laid out so I am surprised by some of the less positive comments in earlier reviews. I was gripped throughout as appeared to be most others (including children) of... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

When we went to Manchester to see some of the museums, we started with this one. As soon as you enter you feel as if you have been gripped by past reality. Very very good, well presented and laid out. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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