The Imperial War Museum, North

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kazac on September 2, 2004

Daniel Libeskind designed this building, basing it on a smashed hollow globe. It is set very impressively in the docks of the now retired Manchester Ship Canal, once one of the busiest ports in England. I love approaching from the Lowrie (where there's a large carpark) and crossing the footbridge to get to it. The building seems to be built slightly off true vertical which makes the climb up the first stair case a little virtiginous. Every time I go, I find another little gem of history, always very personal to the previous owner.

There are slide shows and film clips which are very cleverly edited and complimented with sound effects in the main gallery which are projected onto various walls around you.(Sounds odd, it's a little difficult to describe but well worth watching) Smaller children might find these a little loud and frightening but older ones seem to be fascinated. It has a very good website:

Imperial War Museum North
Salford Quays
Manchester, England, M17 1TZ
0161 836 4000

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