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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North tells the story of how war has shaped people's lives from 1900 to the present day. With the story still unfolding, the Museum will continue to develop and change over time.

The Building

Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the building has been created out of three 'shards' or pieces of a shattered globe to reflect the way war has devastated our world. The Air, Earth, and Water Shards represent war in the air, on land and at Sea.

The Air Shard is a 55 metre tower which leans at 4 degrees, you can take a lift up to the viewing platform high above Trafford Park, Salford and Manchester. It is a wonderful experience for those with a good head for heights.

The Earth Shard, with its huge curved ceilings and floors, is the main public space of the Museum. On Level One are the Main Exhibition Space and Special Exhibition Gallery.

In the Water Shard is the canalside Cafe where you can eat a full meal, a snack, admire the views across to the Lowry or take a moment to reflect on what you have seen so far.

During your visit make sure you see:

  • Action Stations for families

  • The Big Picture

  • 6 Silo Exhibitions

  • Time Line

  • TimeStacks

  • 7 Large Objects

  • Special Exhibition Gallery

    The Big Picture

    See at least one Big Picture Show - it will be the highlight of your visit. The Big Picture is a large-scale audio-visual experience that you can walk through. It uses over 60 projectors throwing images onto 20 screens, some of them over 5 metres high and has a powerful soundtrack of personal stories. Each show lasts about 15 minutes and are shown hourly.

    General Information:

  • Cafeteria

  • Accessible to visitors with disabilities, lifts, parking spaces and toilets

  • Shop

  • Parking (charges apply)

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  • Directions

    The Museum is only 1½ miles from Manchester city centre. Just off Junction 9 of the M60 or Junction 3 of the M602, then follow the brown signs or take the Metrolink (Eccles line) to Harbour City and walk past The Lowry and over the footbridge (15 minutes walk). Secure car parking is available, charges of 4.00 apply.

    MediaCityUK also for Metrolink. Take the Metrolink (Eccles Line) to Harbour City or MediaCityUK and cross over the footbridge.

    Imperial War Museum North Postcode for SatNav: M17 1TZ


    +44 (0)161 836 4000

    The Quays
    Trafford Wharf Road
    Greater Manchester
    M17 1TZ

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