Euros inspire summer of family footie fun
22 July 2021
The National Football Museum has a feast of activities for footie-mad families this summer.
Spurred by England’s fantastic exploits at Euro 2020, families can follow their love of the game at the museum which now opens five days a week (Wednesday to Sunday).
Take part in interactive challenges and games designed to sharpen your football skills. Test your nerve from 12 yards in the new and improved Penalty Shootout game. Soak up the pressure and score past the virtual goalkeeper.
Use teamwork with family trails to unearth football treasures. Enjoy fantastic exhibitions and have your photo taken with the museum’s Premier League trophy.
Or splash a selfie with our latest acquisition - Unity - an inflatable unicorn enjoyed by the England team in their hotel pool during downtime in-between matches at the Euros.
Find out more about the beginnings of football, relive FA Cup fairy tales, see footballing crown jewels from the 1966 World Cup Final ball to Diego Maradona’s incredible ‘Hand of God’ Argentina shirt.
There will also be Euros Craft Activities each Thursday during the holiday. Recreate the magic of the tournament that gripped the nation in June and July.
Rewrite the Rules takes place on Fridays. See the original Laws of the Game on gallery and then recreate your own 2021 rules of football.
Enjoy new exhibitions: The English Hall of Fame and Still Gleaming: Euro 96 in Pictures. See a new museum gallery dedicated to football’s first female superstar – Lily Parr (from 29 July).
The museum is free to City of Manchester residents.
Interactive challenges – all summer
Put your ball skills to the test in the museum’s Play Gallery: take penalties, try your goalkeeping reactions, play table football and recreate your favourite moments of the beautiful game.
Hall of Fame exhibition – daily
The National Football Museum’s English Hall of Fame aims to highlight the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to football. Celebrate a selection of those players and managers whose work, talent and dedication have made football the game of our lives.
Tour: Hall of Fame – Daily tour at 2pm
Take in our newest exhibition, dedicated to our English Football Hall of Fame, with one of our tour guides. See unique objects from top players, and learn more about their life and careers, up on the Score Gallery.
Tour: Museum Highlights – Daily tour at 11am & 2pm
Learn more of the stories behind the museum’s top objects on our highlights tour. Join one of our team on the Match Gallery and explore the history of our collection, from the first England shirt to the Jules Rimet Trophy.
Euros Craft Activities – Thursdays 11am-1pm
Draw inspiration from England’s success at Euro 2020 in our fun, family-friendly craft sessions. Join us in the Pitch Gallery for a rotating line-up of activities, including sticker drawing, Stan Chow artwork and rosette making.
Rewrite the Rules – Fridays 11am-1pm
If you were in charge of football, what rules would you change? Make your very own minute book in this craft activity. Take a look at the FA’s original Laws of the Game in the Match Gallery, then come up with your own!