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National Football Museum

Address: Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
Phone Number: 0161 6058200
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Ranked #12 of 80 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in Manchester city centre. The...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in Manchester city centre. The museum is free to enter, and tells the story of the beautiful game through the eyes of everyone from the players, the law-makers, and most importantly the fans.Exploring how football has impacted on and reflected English culture and society over 150 years, it brings stories to life with a range of interactive and hands-on displays. There are world-famous iconic objects including the ball from the 1966 World Cup final, Diego Maradona's famous 'Hand of God' shirt, and even the game's very first hand-written rule book. On top of that there are lots of chances to show off your skills from the penalty box to the commentary box, with a range of Football Plus+ experiences (charges apply - see website for details). The National Football Museum Hall of Fame, on the ground floors, is the official tribute to the game’s greatest players, teams and managers. Upstairs, you’ll find stories from inventing, expanding, following and playing the game. There’s also a Discovery Zone for under 5s, and Level 3 is dedicated to changing exhibitions exploring how art and culture exist alongside the beautiful game.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited yesterday with my husband and 3 sons of various ages.something for everyone. Free entry we bought a guidebook and credits for some of the interactive games. Nothing was over priced and no hard sell. Staff friendly and helpful.we had a pram and the efficency of staff calling and transporting me from floor to floor in the lift was amazing.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Went around in half an hour just was not what I expected. To much interactive stuff not enough real things.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

we visited to fill in some time before going to watch Michael McIntyre, We where pleasantly surprised. The layout is interesting and my partner found it enjoyable as he is a big football fan.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

First of all, this Museum really doesn't have the right to call itself a 'National' Museum. It bears no resemblance to all the other big national museums around the rest of the UK. Just to give one example, the National Media Museum in Bradford is vastly bigger and much better than this. By comparison, the 'National Football Museum is like... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Not bad for a free museum but the layout and interactivity not as good as expected ... Lots of focus on top clubs and gifts were mediocre!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

As a football fan, I loved the array of things in display in the museum - inforation on famous footballers, photo's, history, memorabilia, even George Best's Mini!! Plus there's opportunities to have a go at some interactive activities, and have a photo taken holding the FA Cup or Premier League Trophy (Ok, not the real thing, but a cool experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Loved it all. I am. Or a football fan but I found it really interesting and well laid out. And it is FREE. Would recommend to anyone

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great for football fans, kids and families. We have been several times and taken numerous visitors including family from abroad and they all love it. Informative, interesting and fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I am a 21 year old graphic design student, and a female who isn't particularly interested in football I thought this was going be a bore. However, The museum covers all aspects of "the beautiful game". It is a very interactive football museum, and it is the only football museum like this in the UK. If you're in Manchester and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Set in Manchester's Urbis building slap bang in the centre of the city, it is a very interesting way to spend a few hours, and it is free. There has to be something there for everyone, there is so much to see. Especially good for kids with an interactive section. So proud it is based in Manchester. Make sure you... More 

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FootballMusem, Marketing & Communications Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the five star review and it's great to hear you had such a good visit! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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