The museum is based in the Urbis building in Manchester (a 2-minute walk from Victoria) and is laid out over 4 floors:
- The Game – Features items such as the first ever rulebook from 1863 and the shirt from the first ever international football match between England and Scotland
- Fans – Including the original painting of L.S. Lowry’s (A famous artist from Salford ) “Going to the Match”.
- Competition – Information about the various competitions and leagues, with the original version of the FA Cup and various replica trophies
- The Global Game – A section dedicated to world football, with the ball from the first ever World Cup Final, the match ball from the 1966 World Cup Final, Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup trophy.
- Stadiums – Information about various stadiums and designs, with an original turnstile from the old Wembley Stadium and some original wooden seats.
- Media – Featuring various footage and clippings from old matches, including a sheepskin coat worn by John Motson.
- Clubs – Interactive screens with information on most league clubs in England.
- Players – A brief look at the scope of footballers, including the only Victoria Cross won by a professional footballer and the painting “The Art of the Game” portraying Eric Cantona.
- Our Beautiful Game – A 10-minute film in a cinema showcasing a month in English football on all levels.
Featuring various paid-for football interactive games, as well as the zones:
- Football for All – A showcase of how football is played by people of all abilities.
- Laws – Interactive screens explaining the original rules of football and referees roles in the game.
- Managers – Audio clips from managers and the original Manager of the Year trophy.
- Toys and Games – A showcase of various football-related games and toys
- Performance – Information about the medical side of playing football, including Willie Cunningham’s knee cartilage and Tommy Lawton’s ashes.
- Discovery Zone – An area for under-5’s to play.
A changing exhibition space. In summer 2016, it hosted an exhibition celebrating 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup triumph.
Learning and Education zone, currently featuring a small exhibition called “Our Sporting Life”