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“Really cool - Man Utd and Macclesfield alike!”

National Football Museum
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$17.05*
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #11 of 191 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: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I really enjoyed it here - if you're not mad about football then perhaps don't bother, but the sound effects and 'That's Why I Love You' displays on the ground floor gave me goosebumps!
Very thought-provoking displays about the Hillsborough disaster, Munich Air crash and the Bradford fire.
A lovely collection of artefacts to have a look at and some cracking wall displays. I loved it.

Thank Emma M
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

It offers great insights and history on English football. It certainly show how football is integrated into part of England's culture and daily life. Through the museum, I was able to learn more about the history, heroes of English football, glory year when England won the World Cup and Munich air disaster. It opened me up to things I never knew before. There are also interactive games all around. It is not just the boring stuff, there is also an area with the fashion of those soccer stars. Certainly a place you should check out! The best part is, it's FREE! Super worth a visit.

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

Great to hear you learnt so much at the museum and that you had a great day out! Hope to see you again.

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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.

Thank Taj K
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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.

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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

Thank BA001
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Really glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again.

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