National Football Museum

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Urbis Building; Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, United Kingdom

National Football Museum Manchester Reviews

slothtraveller slothtra…
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National Football Museum fun Mar 08, 2017
I visited the National Football Museum in Manchester in September 2013 while visiting the city on a day trip. As a football (soccer) fan, I was keen to see what the museum had to offer and I really enjoyed the visit.

The museum is very child-friendly with many interactive activities as well the usual collection of exhibits. For example, you can practice your commentating skills or see how much you know about the history of the World Cup. The museum doesn't just cover the English game but also has exhibits from the world of football such as Diego Maradona's shirt from the famous 'Hand of God' match and the only surviving version of the Jules Rimet Trophy after the original was stolen in Brazil in 1983.

Many of the trophies on show are for competitions in the North West of England and the museum inevitably has lots of exhibits relating to clubs from that particular area, especially Manchester United and Liverpool. Indeed, fans of London clubs might feel that their teams are under-represented in the museum.

I would nevertheless recommend a trip to this museum while you are in Manchester. Even the most ardent football fan could learn something new here! And furthermore, it's free to visit!

Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)

Address: Cathedral Gardens Manchester M4 3BG

Directions: Close to Victoria Station

Website: http://www.urbis.org.uk
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Munich disaster exhibit
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NickelP says:
Haha...ya might have to. :)
Posted on: Mar 09, 2017
slothtraveller says:
Nicole, a repeat visit to rectify that is necessary.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2017
NickelP says:
I think I'm probably one of the only people who didn't take a photo of Michael Jackson when I was there.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2017
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NickelP NickelP
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National Football Musuem Oct 05, 2015
A must visit for football fans, the museum manages to cover alot of ground in a couple of floors. It was very quiet the day I visited which was nice as I could browse at leisure.

I liked all the little videos and interactive displays though I did fail at the logo game. The displays didn't just cover the game, there were also displays about the history of the stadiums, managers, global game and the work of team doctors.

There were also games to test your football skills, however, you are required to buy tickets for those and I decided not to. I didn't need to pay to find out my skills were crap. :)

The museum is free but I happily paid 2 pounds for the guide book.

Note to non-Liverpool fans: There are more artifacts than just Liverpool ones even though my photos may make it seem like there isn't. Haha.
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NickelP says:
Well Jonathan...I'm sure that there was something...somewhere... :)
Posted on: Mar 06, 2017
NickelP says:
Haha...too true Steve....too true! Though I did stand in front of the Cantona painting and do a little dance whilst doing the "oh ah cantona...'as to wear a girlie bra" chant from the The Full Monty. That amused me to no end.
Posted on: Mar 06, 2017
SWFC_Fan says:
Surprisingly, I've never visited the National Football Museum - hopefully there is at least a little corner somewhere devoted to SWFC! ;-)
Posted on: Mar 06, 2017
curious_claire curious_…
78 reviews
A must for the footy fans Mar 26, 2015
Like pretty much everything in Manchester this museum was free to get in to. I walked in and the guy working was very helpful and polite. He tried to explain to me about buying the museums own currency for the interactive parts of the museum for my next visit but I politely told him I wasn't a local so wouldn't be returning anytime soon.

The museum is split over a few levels and is filled with football artefacts and what I really liked was all the little videos you could play in each section. And I liked the fact that they didn't just concentrate on the Premier League, but also European, Women's and Disability leagues.

The place is very interactive so it's a great place for children. I think Level 2 is pretty much just for the younger audience. But they also have a level for temporary exhibitions which you pay £1 to enter. After getting in for free I was happy to pay this!

Overall I'd say this is a must visit for any football fan visiting Manchester. You could do the museum quickly if you wanted to but, if like me you watch a lot of the videos, you'll easily spend a couple of hours in there.
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The famous Michael Jackson statue
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matthew matthew
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The National Football Museum Mar 02, 2008
Located in the brand new Urbis building, with its stylish exterior, is the National Football Museum. Spread across three floors, where better in the country to house such a museum?

Formerly based in Preston, the relocation to Manchester has been a huge success with thousands more artifacts and extended highlights on show for all to enjoy.

It is a great day out for the football fanatic, and lets be honest, if you are a visitor in Manchester, it is highly probable you have come to see one of the two top football clubs in not only the country, but the world. There is plenty of interactive fun to be had from younger supports, but indeed children of all ages will have a fabulous time in this well lit and modern centre.

My only concerns about the museum are on the historical side of football. For example, there is very little reference to the origins of the beautiful game, and no mention at all of Notts County being the first ever profession club in the world. It barely detracts from an entertaining few hours though, and as entry is free, or be it via an encouraged donation, you can gladly race through in an hour or so, or take your time with a few extra hours at your disposal.
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