Welcome to an award winning building and museum of the North
The multi-award winning IWM North opened on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal on 5 July 2002 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. It is the youngest of IWM’s five branches and the first outside the south-east of England. It is the first UK building to be designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Clad in aluminium, the landmark building is a visionary symbol of the effects of war. The design is based on the concept of a world shattered by conflict, a fragmented globe reassembled in three interlocking shards. These shards represent conflict on land, water and in the air.
IWM North is easily accessible by public transport from the City Centre or by car via the Manchester Outer Ring Road (M60). The nearest Metrolink tram stations are MediaCity and Harbour City. Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter’s Square. If you’re coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter’s Square.