Opening Times
10am to 5pm every day
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December
Free admission




"See the posters that do politics, hear the voices of the troops...

...but connect with the stories, that are more than guns and suits and boots." 

IWM North tells powerful stories about the impact of war on our world, from the First World War to the present day. While the museum is temporarily closed, you can still explore the stories and objects that feature in our galleries.


Laurence Lowry's painting 'Going to Work.'
© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 3074)
Second World War
Lowry's 'Going to Work' returns to Manchester
After years in storage, LS Lowry's iconic Second World War painting 'Going to Work,' is on display at IWM North. Find out more about its journey back to Manchester.   
pistol with rough cord lanyard attached to lanyard ring.
© IWM (FIR 11492)
Second Lieutenant J R R Tolkien
J R R Tolkien, writer, academic and author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, endured life in the front line trenches of the Somme throughout the summer and autumn of 1916. Read on about his military service.
Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
Cold War
Jock McFadyen and the Berlin Wall
Two artworks depicting the Berlin Wall are on display at IWM North - discover the story behind how they were created. 


Leading poet Tony Walsh standing outside IWM North.
First World War
Tony Walsh: 'Mightier Than War'
Discover how poet Tony Walsh created a new piece for IWM North’s Big Picture Show, exploring how humans cope with being involved in conflict and the dream of  a future in which war is confined to museums.
They Shall Not Grow Old
First World War
Peter Jackson on They Shall Not Grow Old
Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson has transformed First World War footage from IWM's extensive archive using modern production techniques for his film They Shall Not Grow Old.
IWM North viewed from Salford Quays
IWM History
8 Things You Didn't Know About The IWM North Building
The IWM North building is hard to miss – But have you ever wondered why you seem to get lost when you're inside, or perhaps feel a little unsettled? There's a lot more to IWM North than its striking looks – find out why.

Our Galleries

Our galleries might be temporarily closed, but you can still discover the stories in IWM’s world-leading collection

3 visitors look at the World Trade Centre Steel
Main Exhibition Space

IWM North


Life on the Line Big Picture Show
Big Picture Show

IWM North


Peter Thomas
Image used with kind permission of the Trustees of the RAF Museum

Coming Soon Refugees Season

Lebanon, Baalbek district, Arsal refugee camp. Aid workers.
© ICRC/Hussein Baydoun Lebanon, Baalbek district, Arsal refugee camp.

Coming Soon Refugees Season

Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei. 

Read more

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How to get to IWM North

  • By tram

    IWM North is easily accessible via the tram. Metrolink offers fast, frequent and fully accessible transport to and from Manchester city centre. Take the Eccles line to MediaCityUK and walk across the footbridge to reach the museum.

  • By car or coach

    Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road.


    Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs.

  • By train

    Plan your journey to central Manchester train stations and continue by tram.

  • New tram line

    Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is constructing a new tram line through Trafford Park, which will include a new stop outside IWM North. Building this major new Metrolink line will involve temporary changes to traffic and footpaths in the area. Please check the TfGM website when planning your journey.


    Contact TfGM on 0161 205 2000 or email for more information.

  • By bus

    291 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service stops outside IWM North on Trafford Wharf Road.


    250 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service stops on Wharfside Way, Trafford Park. Alight at Village Circle and walk back to Elevator Road; continue on foot to IWM North on Trafford Wharf Road.


    50 from East Didsbury via the City Centre and Salford Crescent to MediaCityUK. This service stops on the Salford side of The Quays by The Lowry. We are a short walk across the canal by footbridge.


    For timetable enquiries, call 0161 228 7811. For more information on getting to IWM North by bus visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

  • Parking

    Secure parking is available for 160 cars, including designated parking spaces for Blue Badge holders available on a first-come, first-served basis (charges apply). IWM is a charity and the income from car parking provides vital funds for the museum, to allow us to continue to develop exhibitions and learning programmes. The car park gates close at 7pm, after this time please use intercom for access.


    The following charges apply:
    0-4 hours £5.00
    4-6 hours £7.00
    6-8 hours £8.00
    8-12 hours £10.00
    12-24 hours £15.00


    Coach parking is charged at £15.00 for 24 hours.


    Please ensure you bring sufficient change. Alternatively, you can pay via the Connect Cashless app on your smartphone.


    The car park is managed by Excel Parking Services. For queries regarding parking, please contact Excel directly on 0114 261 7111.


Exterior photograph of IWM North
IWM, IWM North

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
M17 1TZ

  • MediaCityUK


  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring IWM North is fully accessible to all visitors. 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. For more information please follow the link to our accessibility guide below.

  • Shopping at IWM North

    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.


  • Eating and Drinking

    The IWM North Café is located on the ground floor and offers a perfect opportunity to take a break during your visit. The IWM North Café serves homemade baked goods, Fairtrade tea and coffee and a selection of deli sandwiches and salads. Please let our staff know if you have any dietary requirements.


  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  


  • Parking

    Our pay and display car park can be paid for using cash in the machine or by calling the number from the side of the machine to pay by card.

    Overnight parking can be booked by calling Excel Parking Services on 0114 261 7111. Vehicles can be parked overnight but they cannot be slept in.

    We don’t currently have charging points for electric vehicles.

  • Lockers and luggage

    Locker facilities are available (subject to availability) and are free of charge. You will however, need a £1 coin to use the lockers and this is refundable.

    The locker sizes are:

    H42cms x W43cms x D40cms
    H54cms x W43cms x D40cms
    H82cms x W43cms x D40cms

  • Safety at IWM

    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.


  • Floor Plan

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan.