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“Nothing Great about it”

National Football Museum
Ranked #11 of 182 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: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Nothing Great about it”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Visited the place with family. Good part this is free but nothing much to do except going up and down 4 stories. Some of the floors can be improved and be made more informative and educative about football.

Visited August 2013
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Is this the Marmite of venues (love it or hate it)?”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I'm not a great soccer fan (my ball is a different shape and England plays Scotland every year) but I liked this, part nostalgia (England world cup squad) and part high tech games (tokens a bit steep as others have commented upon). Entry is at least free, there is a brilliant lift on the outside (you may need to call a member of staff to get it to come) all in a building where the fabric and the location may well be the main exhibit. And there's a useful cafe and shop on the ground floor. I cannot compare the present venue with what went before in Preston but I note that I always intended to visit the earlier museum and never actually did, but this I have been to three times. As Dr Johnson said about the Giant's Causeway: worth visiting rather than worth going to visit. So drop in on the way to other local sites (cathedral, Harvy Nick's, oyster bar etc all within a moment or two) have lunch and look around. You might be pleasantly surprised. It isn't Disneyland but nor is it Lourdes for football fanatics. And I've actually learned something about a game I do realise is more deeply rooted in English culture than I usually admit.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A great place to learn about football even for non fans”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

It s well organised and gives a real insight in the sport of football. Quite a long way away from the star studded line up of foorball today, the National Football museum gives an insight into football from a real fans perspective.

I even learnt about the original football rule book and various teams around.

A afternoon well spent

Visited July 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Really glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again.
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Leyland
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“Better than it was”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Reluctantly went to museum as I am a PNE fan and so was aggrieved that we lost it from deep dale However, they seem to have more things to look at now and there are staff around to ask for help. Free admission but they rightly ask for a donation. Good history lesson for younger fans

Visited September 2013
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manchester
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“football finds its home”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

great museum in the centre of town in the iconic urbis building, the long awaited opening of the national football museum didn't disappoint, great exhibitions for followers of the beautiful game, all free, although if you have kids with you there is still opportunities for them to fleece you in the interactive zone, where you can take penalties against a life size cgi goalie. Well worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thanks for your feedback! We're always looking into how to offer the best value for the Football+ games and we hope they offer an extra fun thing to do in a free museum. Great to hear you really enjoyed the museum overall! See you again soon.
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