International architect Daniel Libeskind designed the award-winning building that is situated on the popular Quays area, a waterfront destination two miles from Manchester city centre (but with excellent transport links via bus and metro). The Museum with its permanent exhibition space, learning centre and restaurant were completed in 2001. During its first year, the Museum had more than 400,000 visitors, now two million people visit the museum each year.
The collections contains tanks, guns, planes, and uniforms, but all exhibits also tell a story. There are six special exhibition areas, each one of them with a different theme in terms of war in the 20th and 21st Century, such as women's work in wartime or war reporting and propaganda. The displays include a variety of material from works of art, photographs, uniforms to diaries, letters and medals. Much of it is centered around the lives of ordinary people and how Mancuians were affected by the terrible years of war.
Map showing the location of Imperial War Museum North