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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 #14 of 98 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Place was high-tech but lacked substance. A waste of time. Plenty about history, but not enough about evolution of the game of the clubs. information was fragmented and we didn't know where was what.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Fantastic family day out for football crazy boys and dad. Free to see all displays but have to pay for activities. My boys loved the shoot out and getting on the top 10 scoreboard for the day was a highlight for my 9 year old! Well worth a visit, spent longer there than I exoected for a free museum.

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bury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Situated on the park side of the Urbis this attraction is well worth a visit. It's free which is good and also there is lots of interactive stuff to do. When in Manchester check this out.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

tells you lots about the social history associated with football. Interactive activities for both adults and children!

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snowlover18
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Really loved it, a must for any football (soccer) fan! The staff is helpful and always willing to assist. Not to be missed. I just wish the exhibition covered more of the world in addition to the UK.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The cafe was great. Really imaginative dishes, fair- even cheap- prices. Comfy seating, working wifi (the Cloud anyway), a server who was so helpful and cheery. At least six stars! I had been planning literally for years to come to this, even before it moved to Manchester. The museum was enjoyable but didn't quite live up to expectations. The exhibits... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Visited today was nice and quite so had time to look around with out having loads of other people around getting in your way. The staff were very friendly and talked a lot about the old one in Preston and the new one in Manchester. The WW1 exhibition was great as it took you back to football back then and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Football has been an important part of my life for over 60 years and I not only have a lot of personal memories but also an acute awareness of the history of the game and its associated culture. So for me this was an intensely pleasurable couple of hours soaking up the artefacts, getting involved with the interactive material and... More 

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Leicester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Excellent museum depicting the history of football. Each area of detail carefully exhibited. Currently the WW1 exhibition as special interest and it's story told through photos and recordings. Well worth the visit throughout the venue.

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Passed an hour looking around the different exhibitions. Worth a visit if only to see the various football cups on display and how small they are! The WW1 football exhibtion was good. The painting of soldiers who had been gassed in the forefront with a game of football being played behind them was thought provoking.

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