Attractions industry news
10 Jul 2012
National Football Museum launches at new Manchester home
Image: The NFM includes FootballPlus experiences
The National Football Museum (NFM) - an attraction exploring Britain's cultural heritage through football - has opened at its new location within Manchester's iconic Urbis building.
Formerly located at Preston's Deepdale stadium, the new visitor destination in the centre of Manchester has taken two years to develop and aims to provide a "unique experience".
Mather and Co and Patton Heritage worked on the creation of the new NFM, which enables visitors to enter through a tunnel and turnstyle to the cheers of a crowd.
The museum opens up into an expansive Hall of Fame atrium, which boasts an LED curtain with images celebrating the achievements of English footballing heroes.
A journey through the history of the sport is located on the first floor, with exhibits on show including a shirt from the world's first international match - England v Scotland in 1872.
Fans explores what it means to be a "true fan"; Players examines the diversity of those who have featured in England; and Stadiums looks at the evolution of footballing venues.
Audio and visual interactive exhibits also feature, along with the FootballPlus experience - a chance for visitors to take a penalty in an original Wembley goal among other activities.
NFM director Kevin Moore said: "We're proud to be opening an international visitor attraction in the heart of this footballing city.
"Our new museum will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the most impressive collection of football exhibits ever assembled."