Noisy Neighbours, this May half term

Can you believe that this year’s FA Cup finale will be the first time that Manchester’s two top teams have met one another in a major cup final? (No, we’re not counting the 1956 or 2011 Community Shield games.)

Celebrate the occasion with us, this May half term at the National Football Museum. We’ve got crafts and talks, games and new gallery trails – everything you need to get match-ready ahead of the big game.

The museum gets particularly busy during the school holidays. Guarantee your place in the line-up by booking tickets and time slots in advance online by clicking here.

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Noisy Neighbours with Matt Oldfield

Tuesday 30 May, 1pm – 3pm

Ultimate Football Heroes co-author Matt Oldfield is back with one of his wildly popular shows, this time tackling the stories of Manchester’s top talents. Join Matt for a fun, interactive talk in the Pitch Gallery, followed by a book signing with the man himself!

Of course, the museum has a wide range of Ultimate Football Heroes books available to buy, both at the museum and via our online shop here.

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Make Your Own FA Cup Medal activity

Saturday 27 May – Sunday 4 June

In the run-up to the big day at Wembley, the National Football Museum is helping fans get in the mood with a little medal-making in the Pitch Gallery. Get inspired by some of the traditional old-school medals in our FA Cup display – including the very first medal awarded in 1872 – or come up with your own unique engravings to draw onto our golden card medallions.

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Football Shorts: FA Cup talks

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May; Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June

Ahead of the first ever all-Manchester FA Cup Final, learn more about the history of the world’s oldest cup competition in one of our Football Shorts talks. The FA Cup’s big games, spectacular goals and era-defining moments, brought to you by our expert interpreters in the Pitch Gallery.