This month the staff of Jurys Inn Manchester are very excited about the opening of Manchester’s newest attraction. The city, known throughout the world as the home of Manchester United, is already something of a footie Mecca, but the city is now also the home of the National Football Museum. Formerly housed in Lancashire, it seems only right it should be moved to Manchester.
The museum occupies several storeys of the unique Urbis building. Designed by Ian Simpson, this former convention centre and exhibition space was closed in 2010 for a two-year renovation project. Located in the city centre, the building provides an ultramodern venue for the museum’s exhibits and is handy for access by all modes of transport.
Visitors to the museum will learn how football has become such an enduring focal point in England’s heritage and daily life. The museum’s collection showcases more than 140,000 items related to football. It is the permanent home of the FIFA collection as well as other significant artefacts, memorabilia and archives. The new exhibits appeal to dedicated fans as well as casual observers. Items on display include a ball that was used in the 1966 World Cup and two rare shirts: the first shirt was worn in 1872 during the first ever international football match. The other jersey was worn by Maradona on that fateful day in 1986 when his “Hand of God” scored a goal for Argentina in their quarter-final match against England.
In addition to permanent displays that explore the social and cultural impact of the game, the museum features various temporary exhibits. These reveal the impact that fashion and art have had on football in England. The iconic photography of Stuart Clarke is scattered throughout the museum. Visitors can experience the history, drama and enthusiasm that surround the world’s most beloved sport.
The National Football Museum is a wonderful place for fans of all ages. Interactive displays allow guests to dress up, kick a ball and create memories that will last a lifetime. One floor is dedicated to the next generation of fans, family friendly activities and events. The Discovery Zone is especially designed for football fans five and under. The National Football Museum strives to pass on knowledge and a love of football to its visitors.
Originally established in 2001, the National Football Museum is the largest gallery of its kind. It is also home to the Football Hall of Fame. Each year, new legends of the game will be inducted. Award ceremonies and dinners enable guests to meet the famous players and coaches who will be enshrined in the Hall.
The Manchester Football museum is located in the heart of Manchester, just a 20 minute walk from Jurys Inn Manchester hotel(http://manchesterhotels.jurysinns.com/)or a few minutes away on the tram. So, when are you going to visit?