Please note: The museum will be closed on Friday 19 January for training purposes.


Pickles and friends outside the museum

Pickles and friends outside the museum








We’re a great place for you and your family; have some fun; kick a ball; share some memories and of course discover more about your favourite game.

We’ve designed our museum to appeal to families with kids of all ages, so wherever you are there’ll be something for you to get involved with.

Throughout the museum there are interactive objects, games and displays that will appeal to a wide range of ages. Our Discovery Zone is designed especially for ages 5 and under. We run regular Baby Moves, Let’s Play Toddler and Tots’ Team Talk session, which can be booked online via Eventbrite or by calling 0161 8718 145. Visit What’s On to see more family events.

Some of our FootballPlus+ simulations require users to kick, stretch, run and react quickly, and we suggest are most suitable for ages 7 and over.

To help you plan your visit, look out for:

There are toilets on the ground floor level, level 1, 2 and 4. Baby changing is on the ground floor.

The Cafe at the National Football Museum is a great place to relax during or after your visit. We have lunch boxes and serve small portions for smaller appetites. We have high chairs and are very happy to warm bottles for you.

Especially for the Under 5’s. Dressing up, a story corner and a soft play area for your little ones to enjoy.

Entry to any charging exhibitions is always free for under 16s. The museum is packed with displays and games at lower levels and which appeal to younger visitors; there are lots of interactive screens and quizzes, and chances to touch, smell, draw and play in the museum. We hope many of these displays will genuinely appeal to all ages!

You can hire the National Football Museum for kids’ parties; we can do everything from big barmitzvahs to a few friends having a penalty shoot out and some sandwiches. See our Groups page for more information.


We’ve joined up with our friends at Manchester City FC to offer footy fans the opportunity to experience both the National Football Museum and Manchester City’s iconic home ground, the Etihad Stadium.

The experience brings together a 90-minute, behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the Etihad Stadium and a visit to the museum, where all guests will receive a £5.00 package to experience our Football Plus+ Penalty Shootout, take trophy photos, and join an exclusive guided tour of the galleries (for groups of 10 and more).

The Ultimate Football Day Out is the perfect opportunity for kids and big kids alike to immerse themselves in all aspects of football’s rich heritage, and get feet-on with interactive challenges!

Booking and further information is via Manchester City on 0161 444 1894 (option 4) or email

Our museum mascot is Pickles The Dog, based on the story of the dog who saved the World Cup! Pickles himself works at the museum during school holidays, welcoming young visitors and sometimes giving out prizes. Our Tiny Team Talk events often include the story of Pickles, too. Check out his own Twitter account, @Pickles_The_Dog to keep up to date with when Pickles is around and what he gets up to!

We’re completely accessible to prams and pushchairs with lifts to all floors and an automatic entrance door. We also have a place to park your prams and buggies on the ground floor if your youth team want to stretch their legs.


Our shop is stacked full of gifts and souvenirs – with something for all the team and plenty of pocket money gifts for the kids!


Our Visitor Guide features a quiz developed just for younger visitors. Our mascot Pickles has sniffed out 5 other animals in the museum. Find them all (look out for the pawprints), fill in your details, and we’ll pick a winner of a museum goody bag every week! A fun way to keep kids looking out for new displays.