External image of IWM North in Manchester
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At IWM North explore the conflicts that Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in since the First World War to the current day through a timeline of objects that have borne witness to historic events.

Housed in an iconic aluminium clad building, representing a globe shattered by conflict – IWM North is the first museum in the UK to be designed by internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind created the building to enhance the museum’s subject matter – the sharp angles, sloping floors, leaning walls and imposing exterior are deliberately in place to unsettle and disorientate you, intensifying the collections and stories within.

IWM History

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

IWM North viewed from Salford Quays

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.

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Exterior photograph of IWM North

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IWM North’s extraordinary spaces offer exceptional possibilities for entertaining and our award-winning approach to event-creation has positioned the museum as one of the leading venues in the city-region.

Life on the Line Big Picture Show
Permanent Gallery

Big Picture Show

IWM North

IWM North

IWM North

Visit our iconic museum in Manchester and explore how war affects people’s lives.