About IWM North

The multi-award winning IWM North opened on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal on 5 July 2002 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. It is the youngest of IWM’s five branches and the first outside the south-east of England.

It is the first UK building to be designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Clad in aluminium, the landmark building is a visionary symbol of the effects of war. The design is based on the concept of a world shattered by conflict, a fragmented globe reassembled in three interlocking shards. These shards represent conflict on land, water and in the air.

Since opening:

  • We have won nearly 30 awards
  • We have held 41 special exhibitions
  • We have run over 5,500 object handling sessions
  • Over 600,000 visitors have had at least a 10-minute learning experience with a member of our staff
  • Over 100 members from across the northern regions have joined Veterans North, from Second World War veterans to those who served in more recent conflicts

Over 300 individuals have benefitted from our award-winning volunteer programme.

Support Us

IWM North is a charity, and we depend on supporters like you to help us care for and display our exceptional collections. Please donate today.

Eating and Drinking

Overlooking MediaCityUK and The Quays, the WaterShard Café is a relaxing place to take a break during your visit.

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