National Football Museum

Note: The National Football Museum in Preston closed at the end of April 2010. A new National Football Museum opened at Urbis in Manchester in 2012.

The National Football Museum opened in 2001 at Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium. It holds the world’s largest collection of football artefacts and memorabilia, including the official FIFA collection, and seeks to explain why football is such an important part of everyday life.

Over 2,000 items are on display including:

  • Balls from the first World Cup Final and the 1966 Final.
  • The replica Jules Rimet trophy used at the 1966 World Cup Final.
  • Paul Gascoigne’s Spitting Image puppet.
  • The shirt Maradona wore during the infamous ‘Hand of God’ match between Argentina and England in 1986.

The museum also has many hands-on exhibits such as GoalStriker, an interactive penalty shoot-out experience.

Entrance to the National Football Museum is free.

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  1. This is a good museum. It’s free and fun to look around and learn about the old players and the history.

  2. Really good place to take the kids.

  3. The national football museum was mint. I went on a school trip and it was really interesting to find out lots of facts about football even though I’m not into football that much.
    Going to the top of the stadium was scary as you’re high up, but it was great and was one of the best school trip that I have been on .

  4. The museum is an excellent day out with fascinating attractions. Any fan of football must visit and there is something to appeal to all ages. I particularly enjoyed seeing the England caps of famous players through the decades (e.g. Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews), the 1966 England World Cup winners section and seeing the Jules Rimet trophy.

  5. The National Football Museum have recently added a new collection to their displays. Items include the shirt worn by Stanley Matthews in the 1953 FA Cup Final, Bobby Moore’s shirt from the 1970 World Cup, and the ball from the first World Cup Final in 1930.

  6. This is a good museum that takes you through the history of football. Best of all, it’s free!

  7. Can you hold the World Cup or is it in a display case? It would be my dream to hold it in my hands.


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