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Imperial War Museum North

The Quays, Stretford, M17 1TZ, United Kingdom | +44 (0)161 836 4000 | Website

Venue Description

IWM North tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war through the depth, breadth and impact of our Galleries, displays and events. Our family learning sessions and events encourage debate and challenge people’s perceptions of war. Since opening in July 2002, IWM North has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors. IWM North is the fifth branch of Imperial War Museums and the first outside the South East of England. Designed by internationally-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the building’s iconic structure was inspired by the idea of a world shattered by conflict. Main Exhibition Space includes: Timeline – From the First World War to the present day. The Big Picture Show – Spectacular 360º image and sound shows run regularly throughout the day. Six separate themed exhibition areas. TimeStacks – Themed trays of objects displayed in interactive machines. Handling sessions available daily. Plus Special Exhibitions (see our website for details)


Level access with automatic doors at Ground Level. Standard passenger lifts from Ground Level to Level One. All exhibition and public spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please be aware that the building has been designed to encourage visitors to consider the confusion experienced during conflict. As a result the floor of the main exhibition area has a gentle slope and visitors with mobility issues may wish to take extra care in this area. There are also different lighting levels over two floors.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link:

Accessible Performances

We aim to offer audio described tours and object handling sessions where possible. Please check whether this facility will be available by calling 0161 836 4063 or emailing at least one week before your planned visit date. Signed tours are regularly available. Please check our Events page on our website to find out if BSL interpretation will be provided.

Awards List

2009 Manchester's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2010 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2015 Manchester Tourism Awards: the Large Tourism Award for the exhibition 'From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region' and the Business Tourism Award


Accessible toilets on the ground floor with step free access. Wheelchair accessible.


All of our Front of House staff receive training in disability awareness. If you have any queries, or need any assistance, please ask.

COVID Precautions

Information about COVID precautions has not been added for this venue.

Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

No dedicated facilities

Other assistance dog facilities

No dedicated facilities

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking

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