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National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
0161 6058200
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Ranked #17 of 126 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: No
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... more » 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. « less
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Klang, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Admission is free but interactive activities are charged. Historical trophies for England football history are available for view. Description are clear and detail for your further interest in the football history in the country. Unfortunately level 3 and 4 is not available at our time of visit.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The museum is a must for any body who likes football, from the Bert Troutmans neck brace to all the interactive games the place is great. Even my wife who is not interested in football at all thought it was in her words " a lot better then she thought , and not a waste of time." From her that's... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Loved it (although I am probably a bit biased!). Great collection of all things football. Free entry, but then you have to pay for any of the interactive activities. Gents toilets are the BEST I have EVER seen (for a football fan anyway!). Shop was very disappointing with a small range of museum goods, and only football items for the... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Amazing memorabilia and knowledge combined with good entertainment. And all for free! Being a fan of British football just from the 90's, I got to learn many things from how the league formed and old glorious teams. Surprised to see some names I had never heard from. Stayed more time there and later when reaching to international football I could... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A great building containing LOTS of memorabilia and continually updating exhibitions. The pay-to-play stuff is a little pricey but considering admission is free there's plenty to see and do.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great venue, very modern building, some great interactive things to. Lots of football related historic items. This is a great place to visit for any football fan you just need to allow enough time. Its free to get in but they ask for donations. Some fantastic items for sale in the gift shop and cafe.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Very comprehensive for information and had great old photos on display. Wonderful history and hands on things for the kids to do. Thoroughly recommendable for any football tragic!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great experience looking around the exhibition, with plenty of interactive elements for all ages. Only slight downside was we visited when they were changing over an exhibition on Level 3 so we weren't able to get the full tour but as this was an unplanned visit we weren't overly concerned at this. Would highly recommend it to anyone, not just... More

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

Thanks for visiting and for leaving us a five star review! Indeed; we are just changing over our Level 3 exhibition space in time for our new exhibition opening at the end of September. Hope you can visit again soon! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Some very interesting football memorobiliaincluding shirts worn by some of the best players in history and the matchball from the 1966 final. Only downside is there were some interactive activities but they were quite expensive, entry is free though

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Catlett, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you are a soccer/football fan, this is a must see. Even if you are not a huge fan, its still pretty fun. Lots of activities for kids. Takes a couple of hours to see the whole thing. Nioce views from the top floors. Check it out.

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

Thank you for leaving us a five star review! It's always great to hear such good feedback. More

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