Please note: Please note that the museum will be closed on Sunday 12 February 2023 for a private event.

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Explore the Museum

The National Football Museum offers a fun-packed visit for football fanatics, families and those wanting to learn more and share stories about the country’s favourite game.

With four galleries to explore, six interactive games, plus an exciting programme of exhibitions, guided tours and workshops, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

Download our Visitor Guide here.


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Pitch Gallery
Ground Floor

Kick off your visit in the Pitch Gallery with the opportunity to have your photo taken with our collection of football silverware, including our very own official replicas of the Premier League and Women’s Super League trophies.

Alongside George Best’s Mini Cooper, this space also hosts a programme of special exhibitions and workshops. Make sure you check out our What’s On programme prior to your visit!


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Match Gallery
Level 1

The Match Gallery is the largest display space within the museum and houses our most significant and rare items.

Here, we tell the many interwoven stories of the game, from the formation of the world’s first football association and the founding of the FA Cup, through to the national side’s performances on the world stage. We also look at various aspects of the game through key objects from our collection.

Gallery highlights include:

  • The original ‘Laws of the Game’
  • The oldest surviving FA Cup trophy
  • The First Division trophy
  • 1966 Jules Rimet Trophy replica and match ball
  • Lily Parr Statue
  • 180* Cinema Experience

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Play Gallery
Level 2

As the name suggests, this gallery focuses on the different elements of playing the beautiful game and its impact on popular culture. Our popular interactive games and our junior Discovery Zone space are also located on this floor.

Gallery highlights include:

  • Penalty Shootout
  • Pass Master
  • Shot Stopper
  • Discovery Zone (ideal for our youngest visitors!)
  • LMA Manager of the Year trophy
  • The history of footballs
  • Shirts worn by Wayne Rooney, Ian Wright & Peter Schmeichel

Interactive Games
Level 2

Get in the game with our range of interactive games and activities, designed to sharpen up your football skills.

Can you beat our virtual ‘keeper in our Penalty Shootout? Score between old Wembley goalposts and see your spot kick analysed in terms of speed, power and precision. You can pick out the perfect ball on Pass Master and test your passing range with One-Two. Learn some dazzling new flicks and tricks in On The Ball and work on those goalkeeping reflexes on our Shot Stopper.

Away from the pitch, you can head to our virtual gantry and try your hand at calling the action in our Match of the Day Commentary Challenge. Relive classic goals, follow the autocue or call the action as you see fit!

We recommend these games for visitors aged seven and above. Please wear suitable, flat footwear for ball-based challenges. Unfortunately, you play barefoot or in high heels. Please note that the Penalty Shootout is very popular and waiting times can exceed 30 minutes at peak times.

Discovery Zone
Level 2

Situated at the start of the Play Gallery, the Discovery Zone is the perfect place to bring your little kickers. Enjoy our small soft play and toy area, read some of our junior footy books and show us your creative side with colouring and activity sheets. This area is suitable for under-5s.


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Score Gallery
Level 3

The Score Gallery space is dedicated to our programme of special exhibitions. Make sure you check our What’s On guide when planning your visit to the National Football Museum.

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