Timeline of the Museum
From 2001 - To Present Day
National Football Museum opens
The National Football Museum opens in February 2001 to public and media acclaim.
First Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
The first Hall of Fame awards ceremony takes place to honour the legends of the game. Players including Denis Law, Gordon Banks and Sir Bobby Charlton line up to be inducted.
Museum introduces free admission
Thanks to funding from football bodies and the Government, we're able to offer free admission to all our visitors.
FIFA Centenary Exhibitions & UEFA Jubilee Exhibition
Museums creates FIFA Centenary Exhibition and UEFA Jubilee Exhibition
First Exhibition on Women's football
As part of UEFA Euro 2005 Championship we hold the first exhibition on Women's football.
FA Cup exhibition launches
A special exhibition 'Saved for the Nation' featuring the 1896 FA Cup (purchased by David Gold) launches at the Museum, before touring to eight venues around the country.
Outstanding collection goes on display
We display the Priory Collection, one of the finest private collections of football memorabilia. Star objects include the shirt worn by Stanley Matthews in the 1953 FA Cup Final.
Only a Game exhibition opens
National Football Museum opens Only a Game? exhibition in partnership UEFA in Liverpool as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations.
Museum wins the Lever Prize
The museum is awarded the prestigious Lever Prize, an award presented to cultural organisations.
Only a Game? exhibition opens in Istanbul
The successful UEFA and National Football Museum exhibition Only a Game? travels to Istanbul.
Museum moves to Manchester
Thanks to funding from Manchester City Council, the museum begins to set up its' new home in the city.
The museum opens in Manchester on 6 July 2012
A new chapter in the museum's history begins; over 100,000 visitors within the first six weeks of opening.