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IWM North

Exploring the human cost of war

One of the most celebrated museums in Britain today, IWM North (formally known as the Imperial War Museum North) is about people and their stories; how lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict.

The award-winning building designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict and is situated at The Quays, a waterfront destination 2 miles from Manchester city centre.

IWM North uses thought-provoking and innovative display techniques such as the Big Picture, which puts you right in the centre of the experience using a dramatic display of projected images and sound. The Main Exhibition Space also houses thousands of objects from a T34 Russian tank and Harrier jump-jet to clothing, diaries and works of art, as well as a series of family interactive Action Stations.

IWM North offers a great day out for all the family all year round with FREE ENTRY to the Museum, all the exhibitions and a wide variety of family friendly activities.

With free floorplans, trails, and regular tours to help navigate the fascinating building, free self-operated lockers to store bags, lifts to all floors, accessible ground floor toilets and baby changing facilities. The WaterShard Café offers children's portions and lunch bags, and colouring sheets are always available.

An indoor picnic area is also available at weekends and in the school holidays for visitors to bring their own refreshments. The Museum Shop offers a range of exciting and unusual pocket money purchases. Visit the Viewing Platform too for spectacular views over The Quays.

In addition, the varied exhibition and event programme offers activities for adults and families, daily tours and object-handling sessions.

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Britain at IWM North

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Take the tram to IWM North. The nearest stop is MediaCity UK.

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