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“A History of football”

National Football Museum
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #27 of 196 things to do in Manchester
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 2, 2012

What we saw was very interesting and a place were we would also take our grandchildren.Lots to see and also interact with. Sadly we did not allow enough time and only got to the first floor before having to leave to catch our train. We will be returing for a full visit.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Went to this museum over October half term. Being free it is no doubt an interesting diversion for kids, but I certainly wouldn't make a trip specially for it.
To be honest the museum was just as disappointing as I expected. There was nothing controversial, nothing pretty thought provoking, nothing to challenge the "Greatest Game/League in the World" mantra. Apart from a couple of display cases, and the wonderful temporary display of the Homes of Football photog

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

There was a spacious layout over 4 floors but the content was minimal. A nice funicular railway style lift is interesting. Good location opposite Manchester Victoria station. I found the content to be mainly based around Manchester area football clubs, rather than national. Any mention of my team, Tranmere Rovers was minimal, however it's great if you support Man U, Man C, Bolton, Oldham, Bury etc. Some excellent photographs displayed and some good hands-on(and feet-on) interactive games. Slightly disappointing visit.

Thank Prentonian
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FootballMusem, Marketing & communications officer at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2012

Hi Prentonian,

Thanks for your review and comments. It's a fair comment that a lot of North West clubs do feature in the museum, as it's a very important part of the country's football landscape. We do our best to represent as many teams at as many levels of the game as possible, and use the collection to tell the most interesting stories from those clubs, fans and players. I know our Director, who is a Tranmere fan himself, will be disappointed to find you didn't think there was enough Rovers material on display. What stories or objects do you think we should show related to the club?

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Although being National, this museum is unique in global scale. I am not aware of any other museum that provides you with such a comprehensive review of history of the most popular passtime. Understandably focused on English football it also presents an interactive overwiew of the game globally, which is spread on all four floors of an interesting building of glass and steal. Great entertainment and education for kids adults, men and women alike.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

visited the national football museum, with my 7 year old son recently, and I am so glad it is now on my doorstep. A fantastic trawl through the history of association football from the dark days of hooliganism to the modern money driven premier league we all know and love. From the early days of Royal Engineers, Wanderers and Woolwich Arsenal to the noeveau riche of Man City and Chelsea.
I personally behaved like a child in a sweet shop and my young boy was in his element with the penalty kicks and passing games (small fee to play required) but that is a very small blot on what is a guaranteed great day out for everyone (even none football lovers). The food is a little pricey so take a packed lunch, otherwise enjoy!

Thank paddy121972
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