The National Football Museum re-opens in 2012. . .Hello Manchester!!

The National football museum has moved from Preston to the Urbis building in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, and is due to open in Spring/Summer of this year, expecting to attract a whopping 350,000 visitors per year.  The National Football museum if home to a world-class collection of football memorabilia, including over 140,000 objects, works of art and photographs.  This exciting and inspiring environment both rejoices and explores the history and culture of ‘the people’s game’.  This wonderful museum is a must see attraction for all football and sport lovers.  The museum’s President is Bobby Charlton, Vice Presidents are Alex Ferguson, Tom Finney, Trevor Brooking and Geoff Hurst, and Museum Special Ambassador is Mark Lawrenson.

Permanent features of the museum include a shirt from the worlds first international match played in 1872; the 1966 World Cup final ball and even the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter final match between England and Argentina.  There are three whole floors of objects, stories and ‘hands on’ interactives for the lovers of ‘the beautiful game’!  But that’s not all! The Fashion, Art and Photography, including Stuart Clarkes ‘Homes of Football’ collection of images, all play a massive role in bringing the story to life.  It is not just solely about the sport, but its heritage and upbringing too.  The ‘Hall of Fame’ at the museum has new football legends being included in a prestigious awards ceremony every year.  The museum also gives thanks to Manchester City Council and ERDF for funding.

The retail, cafe and restaurant experience is also superb.  The perfect accompaniment to a wonderful day out.  Please go ahead and visit www.nationalfootballmuseum.com to find out more.  Entrance will be free with some paid for interactives helping to ensure that visitors enjoy one of the best days out in the city.

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