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“From an outsider” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Football Museum

National Football Museum
Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
0161 6058200
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Ranked #20 of 317 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“From an outsider”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I don't follow football so a lot is lost on me but there were enough interesting anecdotes and displays to keep me occupied and interested for an hour or so. I do love museums so that probably contributed, but they have interactive displays and quirky information. I never realized so many soccer fans were killed due to crowd unruliness, or that women were banned from playing professional FA soccer in the UK until the 70's. There are many interesting tidbits to be learned at the football museum, and it's free.

Visited January 2014
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“Football museum for all fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

National Football Museum - Manchester
A free museum in Manchester's town centre charting the history of the game in England. Packed with memorabilia - worth a look if you are in the area. Great location and near shops if your other half doesnt like football. A much better location than the previous home of Preston North End. Although the museum is free, though they dont mind a donation. It has a shop and a cafe too.

Visited January 2014
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FootballMusem, Marketing & Communications Officer at National Football Museum, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thanks very much for the 5* review Chris - great photos too!
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“Fills in a couple of hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It's free (although there is a recommended £4 donation-no hard sell) and if you're a football fan then this is for you . There are plenty of interactive videos and games for the kids (and big kids) and the displays are entertaining enough to keep the discerning footy fan engaged. Everything is covered, from the great managers down the ages, the history if the football league and even a run down of our officials down the years.

All in all it's free so it was only ever going to be value for money but would be worthy of the small recommended donation regardless.

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“Beautifully well-done museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Even though I'm not a football/soccer fan, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The exhibits are very well done and engaging! Highly recommend.

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FootballMusem, Marketing & Communications Officer at National Football Museum, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thanks so much for the review - really glad you enjoyed your visit!
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“A very good way of spending a few hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

As a football fan it was inevitable I’d make a trip to this museum. On entry a friendly receptionist greeted me and offered the sale of a guide for £1. As it was only £1 I decided to do so and walked into the ground floor where a current exhibition is on about the northern league and has some great photos on characters and surroundings of the grass roots. The ground floor has a chance to lift a replica of the premier league trophy.

Level 1 – offers an insight into the football history of teams from the giant killing Blyth Spartans through to international teams. The level offers a variety of interactive and news from individuals from Pickles the dog to Bert Trautmann. Stadiums are also covered with some memorabilia from the old Wembley stadium to the sad reality of how tragedy has shaped our stadiums. The enemy of the safety video is a very striking one that covers the Bradford fire to the Hillsborough tragedy.

Level 2 – offers a variety of experiences that you can do and compete against other visitors, these include – penalties, one-two passing, pass master, goal keeping reactions testing and try your hand at commentating. Then you can look through football kits through the ages and try some on too. If you’ve ever thought the ref hadn’t got a call right then you can have a go at judging it. The football plus activities are chargeable and when I visited in January they were half price which was handy as I didn’t think I’d take advantage of them at their usual price.

Level 3 – offers a changing exhibition and at the moment they have one on detailing the football league over its 125 years. It offers insight into the lives of players through the years and a rather unusual looking piece of advertising by George Best.

If I had any negatives then it would be that I feel the museum leans on Manchester United and George Best quite heavily and I’d like to see the Arsenal 2003 Invincibles on the hall of fame.
There is a café on site which has a very good selection of food and drink. I’d like to say that the sausage rolls are fantastic with fillings such as black pudding.

The museum is free but by going on the football plus activities this helps cover the suggested entry donation of £3.

Visited January 2014
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