Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
Opening Times
10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Please book in advance.
December exclusions: Closed Thu 24 – Sat 26 Dec. Open Mon 28 - Tue 29 Dec.
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As a thank you for your support, you will enjoy free admission all year to our charging branches including IWM Duxford and Churchill War Rooms


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We look forward to welcoming you when we reopen on Thursday 3 December.

In the meantime, you can plan your visit by exploring what’s here, connect with our collections by searching our stories and learn from home.

Discover IWM North


Discover IWM North

IWM North is part of Imperial War Museums – a world-leading museum on conflict and its impact. Its unique purpose-built exhibition space gives powerful voice to extraordinary stories of ordinary people, forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict.

Walk through a timeline of history from the First World War to the present day. Explore a vast collection of over 2,000 objects, each one with the power to move, surprise, inspire and change your perspective – from the First World War field gun that fired the opening British round on the Western Front, to the twisted rust-ridden steelwork retrieved from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York.

Immerse yourself in the 360-degree cinematic Big Picture Shows that bring a broad range of stories into powerful focus, reflecting not only on the immediate effects of war, but also what happens when the guns stop firing.

This is a place where every object on display, every contemporary work of art and every special exhibition is designed to live long in the memory. This is IWM North.

Help us to keep you safe

  • Book in advance

    We will be limiting the number of visitors to each of our museums so that physical distancing can be observed. We recommend that visitors book a time slot in advance for entry and it is possible that queuing will be required to enter the busier parts of our museums.


    We will be very grateful for your patience and understanding where this is required.

  • Social distancing

    In response to Government advice issued 9 September, visitors must follow the limits on the number of other people you are now legally able to meet as a group.


    Visitors are required to wear masks in line with government guidelines unless there is a legitimate reason not to do so.


    Help us to keep you safe by adhering to the government recommendations on physical distancing. Where possible, please keep 2m apart from other visitors who are not in your household or support bubble.

  • Extra safety measures

    Hand washing/hand sanitising points will be set up throughout the museum to ensure visitors can wash and sanitise their hands regularly.


    We will be increasing the amount of cleaning that we do, especially in busy visitor areas, with special attention to stair handrails, doors, lifts, toilets areas, and any interactive gallery points.


Please read our Coronavirus FAQ for more information before visiting.

What's on at IWM North

A Médecins Sans Frontières Land Cruiser in Aid Workers Exhibition
Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

IWM North

Until 31 May 2021

© John Keane (IWM GLF 174)


17 & 24 Nov, 1 Dec

A group of students exploring Imperial War Museum London
The Next Normal


19 November 2020


Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire


Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

Until 31 May 2021
IWM North
Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire brings together powerful stories from conflict zones to explore a challenging global story from an insider perspective.
A Médecins Sans Frontières Land Cruiser in Aid Workers Exhibition

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3 visitors look at the World Trade Centre Steel
Main Exhibition Space

IWM North


Life on the Line Big Picture Show
Big Picture Show

IWM North


Peter Thomas
Image used with kind permission of the Trustees of the RAF Museum

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  • Safety at IWM

    Please take a moment to read through our Coronavirus FAQs.


    The safety of our visitors and staff and the preservation of our collections are of the upmost importance to IWM. We therefore kindly ask that you allow sufficient time on entry to our museums for our staff to complete their security checks to ensure this is maintained. Please do not bring any prohibited items with you as they will be confiscated. If you see any unattended bags or packages or have concerns about security issues on your visit please report this to a member of staff.

  • Shopping at IWM North

    Our shop will be open and customers will be free to browse products as normal. We ask that customers use a hand sanitisation station before and after doing so. We will not be able to accept cash, but you can still pay by card.


    Our shops offer a wide range of inspiring and unique gifts, from books, clothing and accessories to vintage posters, homeware, toys and souvenirs, all inspired by our collections and the stories they tell. Shop in branch or online using the link below.

  • Our Cafe

    Our cafe will remain closed until further notice but light refreshments will be available to buy from the Museum shop.


  • Donations

    IWM is a registered charity and relies on your support to help us preserve our unique collections for future generations. To help us preserve our collections you can donate cash or make a quick and easy contactless donation with a credit or debit card by tapping it at various locations around the museums. Alternatively you can donate online now on the link below. Thank you for supporting IWM.

  • Filming and photography

    You are welcome to take photos and video at our museums for personal, non-commercial use but please refrain from using flash or tripods. Our museums can get busy at times and we therefore ask that you do not film people without their permission. Please observe signage indicating where photography and filming is not permitted.  


  • Lockers and luggage


    Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide lockers while the existing coronavirus measures are in place.

  • Floor Plan

    To help you plan your visit in advance, please see the below link where you can download a copy of the Floor Plan.