National Football Museum

Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, , M4 3BG

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The National Football Museum explains how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. It also aims to explain why England is the home of football, the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.

Who is the Museum for?
The Museum is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or any other factor.  It is not just for those who are interested in or passionate about the sport. The National Football Museum aims to be the first point of contact with football for non-fans and an introduction to wider aspects of culture and history for football fans.  It has a particular focus on those sections of the community that do not usually visit museums and galleries.

The Museum has a long-term mission – to protect football’s heritage and culture for future generations as well as current audiences. They achieve this with:

Amazing collections
This includes the world’s greatest football collection – over 140,000 items – including the FIFA Collection.

Great exhibitions
Exploring football – past and present – through world class exhibitions, looking at the game from every angle, telling the stories that matter to all of us.

Outstanding Learning & Community Programmes
They believe football has the power to improve people’s lives through learning. Through the use of their collections and knowledge of the game, they offer learning for all.

Opening Times

Monday - Sunday 9am-5pm 

Please check website when visiting around Christmas period.


Admission is FREE, but the museum is a registered charity and welcome donations to support their work. 

Currently offering a fantastic package for any visitor who donates £6, as well as knowing you're supporting the museum, you will receive a Visitor Guide, 2 Football Plus+ credits, the chance to take your photo with some of their most famous trophies and, during the week, a 40 minute guided tour. 

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