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Quingo Scooters Accessible Attractions: Imperial War Museum Manchester

Quingo Scooters are back in the North West this week with another great British attraction to add to our Accessible Attractions series. A city known for its pop culture, as well as its love affair with music. We’re taking you to Manchester.

The iconic Imperial War Museum in Manchester tells the stories of those people whose lives have been shaped by war. Through their galleries, displays and events, the Imperial War Museum aims to challenge people’s perception of war.

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The Museum

Within the museum there are a variety of exhibitions on display to give insight into wartime life, such as:

  • The Big Picture Show – using surround sound and projected digital moving images, this exhibition brings to life people’s experiences of war. Creating a complete sensory experience, the seven shows each focus on a different aspect of war.
  • Mixing it: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain – reveals the forgotten histories of service personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War. At this time, the national and ethnic diversity of the population was unprecedented. The exhibition is based on specially recorded oral histories.
  • Reactions: Artists’ responses to conflict – the reactions exhibition encourages artistic responses to the themes, architecture and collections of the museum, unveiling new and unique ways to explore the impact of conflict. Some pieces currently displayed are:
    • The Crusader by Gerry Judah, 2010 – a comment on modern day wars and the history of world conflict, covered by a network of war-damaged buildings.
    • A start shall stride from Jacob and a sceptre bearer shall rise by Chava Rosenzweig, 2013 – ceramic artwork exploring the impact of the Holocaust on second and third generation survivors.
  • Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War – displayed until the 1 January 2018, discover the artwork and story of Britain’s original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis’ work. Compromising of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major collections.

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Opening times and ticket prices

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily (including Bank Holidays), the museum is closed on the 24, 25 and 26 December.

Entry to the museum is free, voluntary donations are welcomed in support of the museum.

Getting there

The Imperial War Museum is easily accessible by public transport from the City Centre or by car via the Manchester Outer Ring Road (M60).

Visitors travelling by bus can use the 250 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service stops on Wharfside Way, Trafford Park, a short distance from the museum. Using the X50 Piccadilly Gardens to Trafford Centre. This service also stops on Wharfside Way. 50 from East Didsbury via the City Centre and Salford Crescent to MediaCityUK, stopping on the Salford side of the Quays by The Lowry it is a short distance from the museum.

Visitors travelling by trains are advised to use the National Rail Enquiries page to plan their journey into central Manchester stations.

By car, visitors should leave the M60 at junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. There are alternative routes towards the museum.

For more information please see the visit us page here.


There is accessibility access to the museum throughout, with accessible toilets located on the ground floor and lifts to all floors within the museum. There are 16 designated parking spaces for visitors, however parking charges apply to all parking areas. Visitors are reminded that within the main exhibition area there is a gentle slope, visitors are advised to take extra care in this area.

For more accessibility information please visit the accessibility page here.

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