Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North, Stretford

Imperial War Museum North
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Purpose-built to tell powerful stories of over a century of conflict, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver a moving and immersive experience.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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How to get there
  • MediaCityUK • 4 min walk
  • Broadway • 8 min walk
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Scott C
Bolton, UK7 contributions
Tier 3 visit,
Oct 2020
First visit and while there doesn’t appear to be so many artificial for the size of the space there are some really important pieces here and it’s fascinating.
I was really touched by the photos of the afghan veterans faces towards the end of the museum.
Written 28 October 2020
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DAVID
34 contributions
Very good overall.
May 2020
Amazing place. Even during the lockdown. We went and it was a sobering place to visit. We both have always been interested in learning about the wars that humanity has caused. A place everyone should visit.
Written 26 October 2020
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stasabroad1
Greater Manchester, UK20 contributions
mixed visit
Oct 2020 • Family
the good: they have made an effort with the displays, they don't have much in the way of artefacts, a lot of text, but nice open space, good baby change and lots of staff. nice gift shop.

not so great: £5 to park! lots of spaces had their paint markings worn away. the car park had about 10 cars in (could hold 100+ cars). I parked,got my young son out and into the museum (lashing with rain). I was then told by the young man on the front desk that as I had received free entry, the museum needed money from me, and I needed to buy a tote bag or museum map. it was more than pushy, it felt almost aggressive. I declined, saying I planned to buy something for my son from the gift shop. left me feeling icky and i hadn't even got in the displays.

once inside, whilst I can appreciate the museum covers different aspects to the London imperial war, but why can't the London museum share some of their exhibits? the gulf between the quality of the two museums is huge. I had been inside 45 mins, when an announcement over the tannoy that the owner of my car needed to move it. no idea why , the car park was empty and I had parked in a space, albeit the lines were faded. I decided then to head off.

won't return !
Written 25 October 2020
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stuhulley
High Wycombe, UK31 contributions
Good museum and excellent COVID precautions
Sep 2020 • Family
This was my second visit to the museum. Current COVID precautions necessitated booking a slot in advance via a very straightforward online booking system. The museum is an excellent display of WW1, WW2 and more recent conflicts with lots of interactive displays although some are, understandably, currently unavailable. Also attended one of the film viewings which was very interesting. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Very well designed, modern and clean facilities.
Written 28 September 2020
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TheScrivens
Canterbury, UK10 contributions
Brilliant
Aug 2020 • Family
What a brilliant museum, so much to see and the films every hour or so are brilliant. Took 2 teenagers and an 80+ and they all thought it brilliant. A very interesting couple of hours and free at that, we’ll done imperial war museum there are a lot of places that could learn from you. Superb.
Written 28 August 2020
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Lee Pycroft
Greater Manchester, UK50 contributions
Family Visit
Aug 2020 • Family
We enjoyed our visit to this museum, you could easily spend 2 or 3 hours here if you were to read all the literature with each exhibit and watch of the various videos/films that are played on the huge walls within this huge building.

Lots of information and the tour can be followed in date order, World War and Two very detailed.

Think the museums car park costs are a little pricey but apart from that overall visit was enjoyable. Nice gift shop, there is a cafe area but this was closed to due Covid 19.
Written 21 August 2020
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VDV11
London, UK92 contributions
Good but in need of refresh and disappointing donations policy
Aug 2020 • Family
Firstly, a question to management - do you genuinely believe, given the dire straits that the arts/museums etc that it is proportionate to decline cash donations? I had already paid the hefty car park fee (the majority of which goes to the museum, which is great) and therefore didnt fancy the minimum £5 card donation. I did however have a pocketful of change I wanted to put in a donation box, but no. Assuming this is due to Covid, do your seriously believe the "risk" of handling cash warrants the loss, which can surekly be mitigated against with gloves/mask/"quarantining" the cash/hand washing??!!

Anyway, on to the museum. Another really enjoyable trip to this fantastic space. The displays and layout really are top notch. I have visited multiple times in the past and have seen many changing exhibitions, all of which have been superb. With the absence of one this time around, it was main exhibition only, which although great, has barely changed in all my years of visiting it. Given the IWM's stock, it would be great to see the content rotated more often. Still, very worthwhile and a must-see for first time visitors.

The museum captures the horrors of war brilliantly and it is a moving experience. It depressingly puts our current society in context compared to the horrors that past generations suffered.

100% worth a visit.
Written 18 August 2020
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lincsabi
Lincoln, UK185 contributions
Very informative
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did the hop on hop off bus and got off at Salford Quays and walked around to the museum. This was very informative and there were interactive bit for kids as well as a few films.
Written 15 March 2020
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stephen T
16 contributions
Disappointing
Mar 2020 • Couples
The building looks amazing from a distance but entrance is very underwhelming, looks like a fire exit. On entering you are received in a corridor with what looks like a temporary desk with a security officer behind it, we had to ask him whether this was in fact the entrance.
The low, narrow corridor eventually opens into a huge space which is imposing.
There is only 1 hall which is very under utilised with small display cases around the walls and very little in the hall itself except open space.
The hall was quite dark, presumably for the video show that took place, but it made the whole experience rather dull.
The display cases seemed haphazard in their themes with nothing to see that is not quite familiar these days.
The building obviously cost a lot but seems to be under used and unimaginatively curated
Written 14 March 2020
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jon11111111111111111
Kimbolton, UK27 contributions
Amazing modern designed building.
Mar 2020
Depicts more the affect war has on people, rather than being just a war museum. There are some brilliant exhibits, including a part of the Twin Towers Building. Entrance is free but you do have to pay parking if you wish to drive there. Great location in Salford Quays.
Written 10 March 2020
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