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“Excellent Museum for Footy Fans..”

National Football Museum
Ranked #10 of 174 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Chorley, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Museum for Footy Fans..”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Having been to the museum a couple of times when it was in Preston (very good) I was interested to see how it would be different. Spread over four floors all the display cases were packed full of memorabilia with informative text to match (although the Rovers table-football table seems to have gone!!). There's a lot more interactive displays and videos in Manchester which made for an interesting wander around. I didn't do any of the Football+ things but they would be good to do if there was a group of you or with kids.

I especially liked the Homes of Football exhibition on the 3rd floor - I have a couple of prints from Stuart Clarke but hadn't until then been to one of his exhibitions.

At the same time I was there, there were quite a few B.Dortmund fans having a look around and I overheard one of them say they hoped their National Football museum (due to open in Dortmund 2014) will be as good as ours :) I did like the museum when it was in Preston, but it was out of the way, I think they've done a really good job with the new one and being in city centre Manchester hopefully many more people get to experience it.

Visited October 2012
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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“must go back again and again”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

our beautiful game - the history and all the excitement of the game - fun and interactive - and its free

Visited September 2012
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Not a football fan myself but supporting two boys who are avid fans we visited the National Football Museum at Urbis Manchester. From the moment we walked in we found staff very welcoming and informative. The museum is completely free and holds and abundance of artifacts on all of its 4 floors. There are interactive games for children and grown ups to play which we enjoyed. I found the whole experience thoroughily enjoyable and would not hesitate on recommending this for a visit.

Visited October 2012
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“Nostalgia Heaven”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

It’s not very often you’ll find grown men and little boys wearing football kits around a museum and actually enjoying themselves, but the National football museum is an exception. The museum is completely free to enter but there are interactive parts of the museum which do have small fees.
The museum covers all aspects of football and how its changed over the years. There are many different displays varying from football kits, trophies, footballs and many more. Its worth visiting if you’re a football fan as you’ll be taken back to a bit of nostalgia. The museum also has a gift shop and café to eat and drink in.

Visited September 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“National Football Museum - Manchester”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

As a football fan, I really enjoyed this museum, lot's of old movies of bygone players and lots of artifacts, including the 1966 world cup football. There was a photo exhibition on the top floor of various clubs and scenes from football. There is also a section on football related games, such as subbuteo etc.

As I have 3 children, I was dissappointed to learn that several of the activities aimed at children were chargable.Such as shooting at a virtual goal with a virtual keeper, which was £2.50 each, which means I could have spent £30-£40 on these activities.

I wouldn't plan a full day around your visit, more like 1/2 a day, but if you like football, this is good!!

Visited October 2012
Thank Phil M
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