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National Football Museum

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Address: Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
Phone Number: 0161 6058200
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fee: No
Description: The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in...
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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Interesting and well set out - a must if you love football. We especially enjoyed the cinema showing and the interactive games. Not so good for smaller children

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting and well set out - a must if you love football. We especially enjoyed the cinema showing and the interactive games. Not so good for smaller children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Went here with my son yesterday and he loved it! Even though it's free to enter its worthwhile paying extra for the credits to allow kids to take part in interactive games

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great museum right in the centre of Manchester. Some unique and wonderful exhibits. A must for football fans young & old. You get the full story of the history of football and the chance to see some amazing things.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Travelled up from Birmingham just to visit this museum for something to do on my birthday. I'm a massive football fan so was really looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint, even my sister who doesn't like football at all found it interesting and learnt a thing or two. It's nice modern building in the centre of Manchester so... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

There're many exhibits showing the history & important moments of football matches. There's no any entrance fee, but we have to pay for most of the interactive games and for the entrance to the 3rd (or 4th) floor. If you're a football fan, you may go there to take a look. However, I am not !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The free exhibits were interesting and well laid out. Lots of interesting things for grown ups to look at in cabinets. Anything the kids wanted to do cost extra unfortunately. The staff were great, happy and helpful; especially the cleaner who barged the stuck toilet door open for us and ranted about how she'd told the management on endless occasions... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The tardis-like building is full of fascinating displays and football ephemera. It tells the history of the game primarily through a UK perspective. Whist it is free, donations are encouraged, and many of the interactive games (such as penalty shoot out) cost extra through purchasing credits (8 for £10.00). The cafe sells decent sandwiches, pies and cakes and plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I very much enjoyed this museum. It isn't the biggest of museums and doesn't take very long to get round ... before the museum was moved from preston it was alot bigger. I do like the fact is isn't aimed at one particular team so it would be good for all supporters and anyone with an interest in the sport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My son loved it here and so did I. We visited on his Birthday 25th Aug 2015. There was a Guinness Book of World Records attempt on this day which was great to watch. Loved the exhibits and interactive nature of many of them. Son was in hs element and thoroughly enjoyed it. Free to get it with suggested donation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our visit to the museum. As Canadians with a love of soccer it was a great experience to visit the house of football. Wonderful exhibit on WWI. Wonderful interactive skill testing. Good for little and big kids alike.

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