Since opening on 5 July 2002, IWM North has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors. It is the fifth branch of the national Imperial War Museums and the first outside the South East of England.
IWM North is a different kind of museum, showing how war shapes lives. It tackles the themes of war and conflict in innovative ways, using the sound, photography and film archives of IWM to great effect. It aims to explain the way that conflict has affected all of our lives.
Designed by internationally-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the building’s iconic structure was inspired by the idea of a world shattered by conflict. The building was the first in the UK to be designed by Libeskind and, with The Lowry and the arrival of MediaCityUK, has contributed to the regeneration of The Quays area, creating a world class visitor destination for the 21st century.
IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.
Our unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people’s lives.
IWM’s five branches are IWM London, IWM’s flagship branch with six floors of exhibitions and displays; IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and Britain's best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.