I visited the National Football Museum in Manchester in September 2013 while visiting the city on a day trip. As a football (soccer) fan, I was keen to see what the museum had to offer and I really enjoyed the visit.
The museum is very child-friendly with many interactive activities as well the usual collection of exhibits. For example, you can practice your commentating skills or see how much you know about the history of the World Cup. The museum doesn't just cover the English game but also has exhibits from the world of football such as Diego Maradona's shirt from the famous 'Hand of God' match and the only surviving version of the Jules Rimet Trophy after the original was stolen in Brazil in 1983.
Many of the trophies on show are for competitions in the North West of England and the museum inevitably has lots of exhibits relating to clubs from that particular area, especially Manchester United and Liverpool. Indeed, fans of London clubs might feel that their teams are under-represented in the museum.
I would nevertheless recommend a trip to this museum while you are in Manchester. Even the most ardent football fan could learn something new here! And furthermore, it's free to visit!
Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)
Formerly URBIS, the now iconic glass structure is now home to The National Football Museum. Despite passing it at least twice a week I have still never been in here since it became the Football museum, something that is constantly on my to-do list but keeps getting over-shadowed by other things, definitely intend to check it out though...honest!
The website is below so you can have a look.
*NOTE* this museum is now closed. The building now houses the National Football Museum
Urbis is a museum about cities and city life. It's a brand new building erected for the millenium, situated amid old Victorian buildings and the Cathedral., and next to the rebuilt Marks and Spencer/ Selfidges. You take a funicular style elevator on a slanting course up to the fourth floor where the start of the museum is. You see a short film with sounds and lights showing on many screens all around you, different scenes on different ones. Surrounding you with city sights from all over the world. There are various interactive exhibits about life in a city and about the changing face of Manchester. There are usually some special exhibits on the first two floors. There's a nice cafe as well and a shop.
Free entrance. May be charges for special exhibits.
The Urbis is an exhibition centre about city life. On your visit you can explore exhibitions about contemporary art & design, music, fashion, popular culture and the people who make our cities what they are.
There is a lovely little gift shop on the ground floor and you can also make the most of your visit by relaxing in the Social or sipping a delicious cocktail in the Modern, the new bar and restaurant.
It is a fantastic modern building which dominates the skyline although it does look as though it's a space ship which has just landed in the middle of the City!
The Urbis is extremely pleasing to the eye.
This area outside of Manchester Victoria station was bombed by the IRA some years ago - fortunately nobody was killed. However it spurred a re-development to take place and we have The Urbis.
John Lewis is based here. This is another building i have not yet been inside - i guess i must spend most of my time in Manchester just walking around and looking at the buildings from the outside.
Enjoy the pictures of The Urbis
One brilliant example of what to do with money and will - raise social consciousness and ask the big questions.
England's penetrating auto-critique made manifest in this wonderful museum of city culture - exploring the relation of man to his urban enviroms....
What was once a car park is now Cathedral Gardens, with lawns lapping up against the Corn Exchange, cathedral, Chetham's School of Music and the ultra-cool Urbis.
Urbis is a museum of city living where flashy gizmos convey the pace of urban development, letting you walk the streets of cities around the globe. Manchester after all was the first industrial city, which means it is now at the forefront of the post-industrial age. Some of this historical fact is conveyed by the exhibits, but mostly it's a noisy concoction of gadgets where the buzz of interaction has overtaken any educational content.
Urbis is now FREE! It is open 10-6 daily, open late on Saturday till 8. An admission fee is sometimes charged for the temporary exhibitions which are kept on a separate floor.
The ground floor gallery hosts changing exhibitions (free) as does the first floor gallery (£££). The shop is kooky and fun. It's also worth going in to see the indoor funicular in action (a glass lift that ascends at an angle ).
This is a great museum, especially because its free!!
The museum gives an insight to how Manchester was 100 years ago and Manchester is going to be in the future. An interesting day out and gives you the chance to find out more about the place you are visiting. There are also lots of fun games for you to take part in as you go around the different sections of the museum.
Well worth the Visit
Free museums are always fun, especially the Urbis. It's a rather interactive museum about Urban areas, Cities.. Several aspects of citylife are highlighted, form CCTV to strange laws to create order in the chaos of citylife.
Urbis is Manchester's museum of city life. Its situated close to Victoria Station, which is a fine example of the grand local architecture, stemming from Manchester's days as the workhouse of the world. You cannot miss Urbis, which reminds me of a gigantic shark's fin. Its a great building and a testament to the vision of the people who sought to rebuild Manchester after a deveastating IRA bomb badly damaged the city centre (if you wrong further along Cross Street you will see the red Royal Mail box that withstood the force of the blast that occurred next to it).
I like the exterior of Urbis a lot more than the interior. The displays are imaginative and avant-garde, but this runs the risk of indifference and alienation. I like to think of myself as fairly open-minded and inquisitive, but Urbis left me cold. Definitely check the building out though and relax in Cathedral Park, Manchester's first new public park in decades.
The permanent exhibition is free, and temporary displays are in the range of 3 to 5 pounds.
Urbis is now free to enter - preiously cost £5 entrance fee. Obtain a free ticket from the reception desk and you can travel up the building to the exhibits. If you are into modern art and large open spaces then by all mean visit. Personally the exhibits - predominantly on urban life in major cities - didn't really hold my attention so was glad not to have stumped up an entrance fee. I was more interested in having a ride in the glass elevator to the 4th floor (5th and 6th floors are restaurants accessed externally from ground level) and the unique glass shape of the building.
P.S. I snapped this pic before I realised that photography was not allowed ;-S
This straight on view of Urbis shows its strange shape and glass skin construction off well. Urbis is located in Cathedral Gardens, a new green space in Manchester's Millennium Quarter. Notice too the colour of the skies - rain is on its way, not an unusual occurrence in Manchester. Packing an umbrella to vist here is always a good idea!.
Simply for it's architecture, this building is definitely worth seeing!
Right in the city center, this peculiar wedge-shaped building holds inside different tidbits of city life in some of the worlds biggest cities. Feel the pulse of Sao Paulo or Amsterdam!
These multimedia exhibitions celebrate life in a way never used before in museums!
They also have non-permanent exhibition.. the one now is "Ill Communication" described as "An exhibition of street based art!"
BUT, you can always enjoy sitting on the lawn in front of it, having a drink or sandwich on a sunny manchester day!
This recent addition to Manchester focuses on life in Paris, Toyko, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles. There are some interactive displays, some useful, others quite pointless. Set on 4 floors and priced 5 pounds for adults 3.50 for kids. I was actually quite disappointed and was more impressed by the structure and the glass elevator.
Urbis is a museum in a modern, elegant mirrored glass building. It explores city life, paying particular attention to the cities of Manchester, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Paris and Tokyo.
Admission if 5 pounds for adults.