National Football Museum, Manchester

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The ball from the 1996 World Cup final, Maradona’s "Hand of God" shirt, and the game’s first handwritten rule book are just a few of the special objects displayed at National Football Museum, which holds a collection of over 140,000 items. Located at the heart of the city, the site attracts die-hard followers of the game as well as casual tourists. Join a guided tour for an insightful look at the museum’s impressive collection, paying tribute to the game’s greatest players, teams, and coaches. Discover the secret stories behind some of the world’s best-known soccer items, beloved and revered by fans from around the world. Check online for special events, parties, and family activities. Planning Manchester trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • Very disappointing visit today. Visited a few years ago when it was free to all and there were loads of exhibits and lots of things to do. Visited today and despite having a Manchester postcode had....  more
    Very disappointing visit today. Visited a few years ago when it was free to all and there were loads of exhibits and lots of things to do. Visited today and despite having a Manchester postcode had....  more »
  • Visited the Museum with my 13 year old son during a recent visit to Manchester from Wales. I have read some of the comments regarding the cost of entry (I believe it was free to local residents... 
    Visited the Museum with my 13 year old son during a recent visit to Manchester from Wales. I have read some of the comments regarding the cost of entry (I believe it was free to local residents...  more »
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  • I have visited this wonderful collection of football history a number of times going back to the days when it was at Preston but here, I want to focus on the Manchester incarnation. The museum was always free entry until a few years ago (2019) when they started charging £11 to enter which badly affected the numbers of those who attended which is a shame because something like this should be free for everyone and not just those who reside in the local area. A family pass is about £28 for 2 adults and 2 kids. So, the museum entry aside, what’s on offer inside? The entrance is a great start as leading up to the entry doors, there are stepping plates to remember players and managers from years gone by. It’s a nice touch before you even get inside the door. Once inside the venue, there are a plethora of sights over a number of levels. Things are mixed up a little to avoid the repetition of seeing the same things over and again. Mind, many of the items on show are permanent pieces and rightly so. The museum hosts exhibitions throughout the year and you can finish up in the museum store and cafe before leaving to explore more of what’s on offer in Manchester. The last visit I made meant I was able to see a Pele exhibition which was absolutely fantastic. If you are a football of any degree, this place is worth a visit. Even if you aren’t or just hold a passing interest, it’s worth the trip. Despite my personal disagreements with entry prices, I’ll be going back again in a couple of months to see the new changes and seasonal exhibition, “When Football Was Football”.
  • Good collection of football history. It will be cheaper if buy ticket online and it is valid to enter multiple times through out the year. You can experience multiple events happen as part of football match like live commentary. One goal shoot-out events organiser at the top floor of the building with additional charge but you have to spend lots of time in queue to get your turn.

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