Opening Times
10am - 5pm every day
Free admission

What to see at IWM North

Big Picture Show at IWM North

What to see at IWM North

There is lots to see and we recommend about two hours for your visit. However, with our galleries, exhibitions, onsite Café and Shop, you may want to visit for longer. 

IWM North is located on The Quays, Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination. Within just one square mile, you will find a hub of culture, history and sport venues making The Quays the ideal destination for a full day out.

What to see at IWM North

Our Galleries

Main Exhibition Space at IWM North
Permanent display
Main Exhibition Space
The striking Main Exhibition Space at IWM North features a timeline of the conflicts that Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in since the First World War.
Big Picture Show at IWM North
Permanent display
Big Picture Show
Hear how war shapes the lives of ordinary people in a powerful and poignant 360° cinematic experience.
A star shall stride from Jacob and a sceptre bearer shall rise by Chava Rosenzweig, 2013 - part of the Reactions exhibition at IWM North
© Chava Rosenzweig
Permanent display
Reactions: Artists’ Responses to Conflict
The Reactions programme encourages artistic responses to the themes, architecture and collections of IWM North that will unveil new and unique ways to explore the impact of conflict on everyone involved.

What's On

Andrew Monaghan performing on stage
Johan Persson
Cinderella: A Museum Adventure
To coincide with Matthew Bourne’s production of Cinderella at The Lowry, IWM North will hold an exciting day of dance performances, workshops and talks for all the family.
A woman looks at a dollshouse as part of I Swear to Tell the Truth
I Swear to Tell the Truth
Enter a building that was designed to confuse. Slip on a pair of headphones. Peer through a hospital window. And prepare to question how you know what to believe about Syria.
Abu Hisham Abdel Karim and his family use a local taxi to salvage possessions from their ruined apartment in the Khalidiya district of Homs.
© Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times Homs, Syria, 15 June 2014 Assad’s Syria (2013-2014)
Syria: A Conflict Explored
Gain an understanding of the origins, escalations and human impact of the ongoing Syria conflict in Syria: A Conflict Explored, a season of exhibitions and events.

8 Things You Didn't Know About The IWM North Building

Main Exhibition Space IWM North
©Jill Jennings

8 Things You Didn't Know About The IWM North Building

The IWM building is hard to miss – the aluminium-clad building with jutting angles has become an iconic part of the Manchester skyline since it was built in 2002.

The whole building was designed to enhance the stories within and give visitors a multisensory experience of war - here are eight things that might surprise you about IWM North.

Join IWM Membership

Join IWM Membership

IWM are excited to announce the launch of an all new membership scheme. As a charity, you’re supporting our historically important sites and world-leading collection. We couldn’t do it without you.
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How to get to IWM North

  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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 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 Train

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

  • 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.


Exterior photograph of IWM North
IWM, IWM North

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
M17 1TZ

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  • Accessibility

    We are committed to ensuring IWM North is fully accessible to all visitors.

  • Shopping at IWM North

    IWM North’s shop offers a wide range of inspiring gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homewares, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell.

  • 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.

  • Toilets

    Toilets are situated on the Ground Floor next to the Shop and include accessible toilets.

  • Lockers

    Locker facilities are available free of charge. Refundable £1 coin required.