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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 #15 of 126 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit if in the Salford Quays/Old Trafford area of Manchester. Modern museum which is free to visit. Guides abound and lots of information. Currently mainly a world war one focus but other aspects of war also covered.

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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The displays are excellent & imformative. vey child friendly & woild spark an interest in any child. As an adult also really enjoyed. The staff/ volunteers were all lovely & very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

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Ballymoney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Much smaller than London's, not so many large exhibits. Lots of reading but they dim the lights every time they show a film or have a character actor performing

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manchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Main exhibition hall is a little dark and some booming announcements for the shows scared the kids. Obviously with the subject matter it can't be too light hearted but was little gloomy. We walked over to media city after to make use of the parking charge which was quite expensive and that saved the visit a little as otherwise it... More

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Kinvara, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

What a humbling experience it is to view the impact of wars on humanity. The museum displays individual stories about hardship, displacement, courage and hope. Even though I know a fair bit about WWI and WWII, I learnt more about the impact on individuals, the balloons which were deployed to protect important sites from bombing raids and the impact of... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Very educational and there really is something for everyone. And the free special exhibition changes regularly!

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Stockport, England
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Having wanted to visit for a long time I was very disappointed when I did. Outwardly an impressive building I thought design outweighed substance, for instance the lighting within was generally very low making it difficult even with laser corrected vision to read descriptions of certain exhibits. It also seemed there was an undue volume of German memorabilia and what... More

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Newcastle, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We visited when there was a special item on Manchester and the First World War. This was definitely a history of the people and not of the Generals. The museum build is a bit disorientating, and so is war, I found it very similar to the Jewish Museum is Berlin, but it is the same architect. The large diary area... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I love anything war related, i found this museum to be one of the best in manchester. Really informative and great venue

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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The building is really interesting in itself. The exhibits are well labeled and walking through them is like Walking through a history lesson on war There is an interesting exhibit on the city of Manchester and the trenchs

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