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National Football Museum

Entry is free for everyone!

The biggest and best football museum in the world opened in Manchester, one of football’s greatest cities, in July 2012. Packed full of objects, memories and amazing interactives, the National Football Museum is designed to appeal to fans of all ages and all clubs.

The museum tells the best stories of the beautiful game, as experienced by everyone from the fans to the players to the officials; at every level of the game. It does this with the help of an amazing collection of objects, artworks and photographs that help piece together how football became the national game, and grew into an international obsession.

Every league club is represented in the museum, with favourite moments of each team’s history available to listen to in the BBC Radio Football Commentary Archive and an interactive Around The Grounds feature giving visitors a look at the home of each team.  A real highlight is a specially commissioned film, Our Beautiful Game.  The film captures the emotions of one month in the life of English football, all levels, ages and abilities; from cobbled streets, parks and beaches to FC United, The Etihad and Wembley.

Unique objects on display include a shirt from the world's first international match played in 1872, the 1966 World Cup Final ball and the shirt worn by Maradona during the infamous 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter final match between England and Argentina.

Visitors also have the chance to prove their worth in a full-size Penalty Shootout, practice their goalkeeping reflexes or try being the next Motty with the MOTD Commentary Challenge, amongst other exciting Football Plus+ experiences.

Look out too for an innovative programme of changing exhibitions; next of which is 1966 World Cup Exhibition, opening 25 June 2016. 50 years on, it will tell the stories of England’s Golden generation and the stories of a nation hosting a FIFA World Cup. A must visit experience that will put visitors in the seats of Wembley, and recreate the atmosphere of that famous year.

There’s a shop and café as well as a dedicated education suite on level 4 and private meeting and events space for hire on the top two floors. The museum is open seven days a week and offers free admission.

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Urbis Building
Cathedral Gardens
Todd St
M4 3BG (Map)
0161 605 8200
10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday 11am - 5pm Sunday