National Football Museum

National Football Museum
Cathedral Gardens
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M4 3BG
England

Website

www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

Stay in touch with the museum on Twitter

www.twitter.com/footballmuseum

E-mail

General enquiries

info@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Enquire about schools and group visits

groups@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Telephone

General

0161 605 8200

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The National Football Museum in Manchester is the world’s biggest and best football museum. An essential part of any visit to the city, the national celebration of the national game offers free entry, and is open 7 days a week.

The museum explores the cultural and social impact of the game, while featuring iconic objects including the Jules Rimet trophy, the 1966 World Cup Final ball, and the shirt worn by Diego Maradona during the infamous 'Hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup.

A programme of changing exhibitions explores how art and culture around the world has been affected by the growth of the game, and a learning and education programme reaches out to visitors of all ages. With a floor full of fun interactive exhibits and opportunities for kids big and small to get hands (and feet)-on, the National Football Museum offers a unique visitor experience for fans and non-fans alike.

To learn more visit www.nationalfootballmuseum.com, follow @footballmuseum on Twitter or go to facebook.com/NationalFootballMuseum

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sundays 11am - 5pm.
The museum cafe is open for breakfast and hot drinks from 9am each morning.
The museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Admission charges

Free Admission. The museum is a charity and donations are very welcome. There is a charge for activities such as our Penalty Shoot Out, speak to staff for details.

Getting there

By train
We’re a two minute walk from Manchester Victoria Train station. Come out of the station and look to your right; you won’t be able to miss our big triangular shaped glass building! We are a ten to twenty minute walk from other city centre stations in Manchester; Salford Central, Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Deansgate.

By bus
There is a bus stop (code NJ) right outside the museum on Corporation St served by many different routes. The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Rd train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services.

See the TFGM website for more details including maps of city centre bus routes.

By metrolink
The nearest metrolink tram stop is at Victoria station. All services from Bury stop at Victoria, as do services from the city centre towards Bury or Oldham. www.tfgm.com

By car
Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK's extensive motorway network. Many of the brown signs read 'National Football Museum at Urbis', so follow these to the city centre. There are a number of car parks within a 5-10 minute walk of the museum, including parking at the Manchester Arena. The nearest disabled parking is on Todd Street. See our Access page for more information.

By coach
There is a coach drop off point on Todd Street next to VIctoria Station.

From the airport
There is a regular train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, from where the museum is approximately a 15 minute walk, or you can change to the Metrolink Bury service and alight at Victoria.

Collection details

Architecture, Design, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
George Best's Mini on display as part of Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League

Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League

  • 19 September 2013 — 27 April 2014 *on now

The Football League and National Football Museum have created a fascinating new exhibition exploring the many changes in the game and the weekend ritual of football fandom since 1888.

Discover the major players on and off the pitch who shaped football as we know it. From William McGregor’s Victorian vision, to the great moderniser Herbert Chapman, through the post-war heroics of Stanley Matthews and the sixties superstardom of George Best, Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League follows the steps to the modern day league and its millions of dedicated fans.

With stories from the 72 current league teams, and never before seen personal mementoes from George Best (on loan from his sister Barbara McNarry and the charity Best Chances). The exhibition also showcases amazing new interactive artwork commissions, inspired by stories in the show, from Chris O'Shea and artist group Soup Collective.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whats-on/event/2013/game-changers-125-years-of-the-football-league/20-09-13/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image of Matt Pyke the artist

Matt Pyke Interactive Night for Museums at Night 2014

  • 15 May 2014

Join us for an evening at the National Football Museum as artist Matt Pyke projects a giant sculptural form in our Hall of Fame within this iconic glass building in Manchester city centre.

The event will see football fans and families alike speak, shout, sing and whisper as their voices affect the video sculpture, causing it to transform, change colour and react with each new voice creating a new and incredible appearance for the evolving form.

Come down and get involved with this inspiring interactive artwork, and let us hear your passion for the beautiful game. A noisy night at the museum!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Schools Education Service

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary levels. DfES Curriculum Resources available for Key Stages 2,3,& 4 in English, Science, Maths, History, Business Studies, Citizenship, Physical Education and Design & Technology.

Getting there

By train
We’re a two minute walk from Manchester Victoria Train station. Come out of the station and look to your right; you won’t be able to miss our big triangular shaped glass building! We are a ten to twenty minute walk from other city centre stations in Manchester; Salford Central, Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Deansgate.

By bus
There is a bus stop (code NJ) right outside the museum on Corporation St served by many different routes. The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Rd train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services.

See the TFGM website for more details including maps of city centre bus routes.

By metrolink
The nearest metrolink tram stop is at Victoria station. All services from Bury stop at Victoria, as do services from the city centre towards Bury or Oldham. www.tfgm.com

By car
Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK's extensive motorway network. Many of the brown signs read 'National Football Museum at Urbis', so follow these to the city centre. There are a number of car parks within a 5-10 minute walk of the museum, including parking at the Manchester Arena. The nearest disabled parking is on Todd Street. See our Access page for more information.

By coach
There is a coach drop off point on Todd Street next to VIctoria Station.

From the airport
There is a regular train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, from where the museum is approximately a 15 minute walk, or you can change to the Metrolink Bury service and alight at Victoria.

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