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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Imperial War Museum North

The Imperial War Museum North is located in Salford Quays close to The Lowry, The Lowry Outlet Mall, and MediaCityUK.

The Imperial War Museum North is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum including the original in south London.

The impressive building, designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind, consists of three "shards" representing air, earth and water and sits adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal. The museum focuses on the effects of war on people and communities and opened in 2002.

Exhibits include a car destroyed in a bombing in Iraq, a United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet (see image above) and a 13-pounder artillery piece which fired the British Army's first shot of World War I.

The museum has a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions in a separate gallery. Hourly audio-visual displays enhance the visitor experience.

Outside the entrance to the Imperial War Museum North is a captured Iraqi T-55 tank from the Gulf War of 2003 (see photograph below).

Other Manchester attractions within the city include the Canal Street Gay VillageKing Street, Chinatown, the Arndale Center, Urbis, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Wheel of Manchester and Manchester Cathedral.

Imperial War Museum North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester M17 1TZ
Tel: 0161 836 4000
Opening Times: 10am-5pm
(last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 24-26 December; the Imperial War Museum North has a small shop with books and souvenirs on sale.

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

The nearest Metrolink stations to Imperial War Museum North are MediaCityUK or Harbour City - take a tram from Piccadilly Station.

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