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National Football Museum
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$16.52*
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Manchester Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #11 of 188 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: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The museum is about a year old now and has a bit of everything for young and old. There are lots of displays of old shirts, medals, trophies and memorabilia plus interactive screens and puzzles for those not interested in that kind of stuff. Most of the displays are on 2 floors named '1st Half' and '2nd Half' of which the 1st Half is more impressive. There is currently an exhibition on football and fashion on the 3rd floor which is disappointingly sparse. You can buy 'Credits' to take part in various practical activities which I imagine would cost a big family a fair bit. The shop is decent but a fellow visitor commented it could be a Man Utd shop! Overall a good day out in the middle of the city with lots of other stuff around it.

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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Thank you for your review. We're always glad to get your feedback as we're always looking for new ways to improve our shop and overall experience for visitors. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a free to enter museum and there is SO much to see. Obviously, the history of football is covered and there are tons of memorabilia, together with videos and photos. There is an exhibition of fashion worn by footballers and kids can dress up with clothes and wigs. The different eras are covered, wages, hooliganism, lots of kits and personal stories of footballers throughout the ages. Kids pay to make badges and play Subbuteo. You can also buy credits to take penalties, try skills and have your photo with the Premier League trophy, but this is optional and I think worth it - the kids (aged 10 and 14) loved it and you can download your experience afterwards. We stayed there for hours and it was an excellent day. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The café is cheap (unusual in this type of attraction), clean and the food is great. Well recommended.

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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Thanks for your great review. Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed every part of your day out at the museum! Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Took my son for his birthday. Whilst it's worth a visit it wasn't as good as I thought and the whole visit was over in a hour. I paid for my son to do the added attractions and these are overpriced as none last more than a couple of mins (if not less), however he did enjoy them.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Disappointed in more ways than one! Children have to buy credits to do any thing meaningful and participate in kick around activities at £2.50 a go. Even for a photo with a Premier League replica Trophy (£5.00) we were lucky it was late in the day and they let us take as many photos as we wanted so we all got to pose with the trophy but had it been busier £5.00 for a photo on your own camera is a bit steep. If you are a Footie fan then you will enjoy this museum. Café was expensive but that is normal for a free museum. The shop provided some good value football themed gifts for those

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Really let down. Whilst full of memorobilia, everything seemed a bit disjointed and very little had a 'wow' factor to it. Lots of football history ignored. Free entry a plus but cannot believe that a museum representing an industry that feels it can pay employees £200K per week was asking for donations !

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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Thanks for your review. 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. The museum is an independent charity and this independence is important to us as it allows us to tell the whole story of English football. As the industry is a huge part of the modern game we hope to cover that in the museum but do not receive any support from the FA or any of the major clubs. Asking for donations helps us to keep the museum free for everyone and offer a quality experience for all our visitors.

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