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“Really good day out”

National Football Museum
Ranked #10 of 189 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: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Cheshire
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78 reviews
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“Really good day out”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visit lots of museums and really liked the interactivity that this one gives - especially to keep the children entertained both free ones and chargeable ones seemed lots of fun!

Lots of interesting history facts and artifacts throughout the museum and I really liked the photographs on the ground floor exhibition. We are both big football fans so enjoyed finding out about the history and such. A bit more on the present game maybe something about transfer fees or where people play now...would be good for the future.

As a teacher, I would be interested in knowing what is on offer for the schools in the learning zone as I was impressed by my visit.

Visited December 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for such a great review and we're glad everyone was kept entertained. To find out more about our learning programme for schools please visit the National Football Museum website where you will find details of what's on offer. Alternatively, please give us a call and we'd be more than happy to put you in touch with our groups co-coordinator and get the information sent out to you as well.
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Wetherby
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“Great Museaum”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We went with our 2 young kids & it's definitely worth a visit. Free admission & there's 4 floors, we spent a few hours there. There's lots to see, plus plenty of activities for children & it's ideally located in the city centre.

Visited December 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Great to hear that the whole family enjoyed their visit to the museum! Thank you for the review and hope to see you again soon!
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Manchester
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“good, even if you are not into football”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I am not particularly interested in football, so I didn't expect much, but I was positively surprised. I expected basically a collection of memorabilia celebrating the sport, but actually there is quite a bit about society and the wider context of the sport. Worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting visit”
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Interesting visit to learn more about some history of English football. In my opinion , a must visit for all football fans if you are in or around the area.

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Lancashire
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“A football fans mecca”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent few hours at the museum after promising myself a visit ever since it moved to Manchester. I pass every day on my way to work and have eaten in the café several times, but this was my first visit. There is so much to see, it will not be my last.

Visited December 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Assistant at National Football Museum, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review, it's great to hear you had an excellent few hours at the museum.
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