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The National Football Museum

Football fans are in their element when visiting Manchester as the city is home to both Old Trafford, The Etihad Stadium and the National Football Museum.

The family-friendly museum is located in the well-known Urbis building and is a short 2-minute walk from Victoria Train Station. Established in 2001, the museum moved from Preston to the city centre in 2010 after an investment from the European Regional Development Fund and welcomed over 100, 000 visitors in the first six weeks of opening. It is now visited by around 500,000 people from the UK and overseas every year.

The impressive museum is the biggest and best football museum of its kind looking at football on a national and international level with an emphasis on inclusion. Covering four floors, the museum is home to fascinating items such as the first ever rule-book from 1863 and the original painting of ‘Going to the Match’ by the famous Salford artist L.S. Lowry. The museum holds the world’s finest collections of football artefacts and archives and over 2,500 world class objects are on display at any one time, including famous shirts and match balls.

As well as these collections, level Three of the museum is a changing exhibition space that links football to diverse topics like fashion, history and art. Exhibitions at the National Football Museum have included The Greater Game, Pitch to Pixel, The 1996 World Cup exhibition and Pele: Art of Football.

There is an admission fee but this includes entrance to the museum, unlimited photographs with Premier League and FA Cup Trophies, admission to a range of guided tours and unlimited use of the majority of the interactive games. All contributions go to the National Football Museum charity that funds learning and community programmes as well as new exhibitions. After a tour of the museum, be sure to check out Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter to complete a great day out!

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