A great free day out for all the family, IWM North brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives over the past century. A varied programme of events, activities and hands-on interactive displays makes our subject matter accessible to all ages.

Get hands on with history at our TimeStack object handling sessions and enjoy our changing storytelling sessions and performances involving fascinating characters.

Get creative in our Learning Studio (which also has a soft play area for younger visitors) and make a crafty souvenir to take home (view opening times).  

See what activities and events are available on the day of your visit. 

Our family visitors say:

‘Great museum for all the family, definitely somewhere to come back to in the school holidays with children and grandparents together’

‘Wonderful place, came for a couple of hours, stayed all day, so much to see and do for all the family.’

We are proud to be signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto.

The WaterShard Café & Kitchen offers children’s portions, or pick five items to make your own ration bag. Our indoor picnic area is available at weekends and in the school holidays for visitors to bring their own refreshments.

The IWM North Shop offers a range of pocket money purchases. Find out more about our facilities

We are open daily 10am – 5pm and easily accessible by car or public transport. To plan your visit see our opening times and directions page.

Download a floor plan

Find your way around with this handy floor plan.

Eating and drinking

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

What's on

There are many things for families to do at IWM North.