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I have been a Manchester United fan for years and before anybody comments, I was a born about 15 minutes away from Old Trafford... not in London, so I support my local football team. Last weekend it was me and my boyfriend's first anniversary and I wanted to mark the occasion by doing something special. I had been to the Manchester United Museum as a kid, but that was years ago, a lot has happened since then and I thought it would be nice to take my boyfriend (who is also a Manchester United fan from Manchester), there as a surprise. We arrived there on a Sunday afternoon and we paid for two adults to be admitted into the museum and trophy room, and to join a guided stadium tour. It was £25 for two full paying adults, you can find a full list of prices on the Manchester United website. The museum and the red café are located on the third floor of Old Trafford and you enter the museum by showing your ticket and going through the mini turnstile. You can also stop for a drink in the Red Café half way through and then re-enter the museum afterwards. Within the museum there are displays celebrating different parts of Manchester United's history. There is a room with all the silverware and explanations of where each trophy was won and which players were on the team at the time. This room is great because it celebrates the achievements of the whole club, including the youth sides that often get overshadowed by the first team. You will also find a room that is dedicated to Asia. Manchester United has completed a few international tours on this continent and the people in Korea, Thailand and China are famous for following the team. I think this room is definitely aimed at all the international tourists that visit the museum each year. There is also a section which is dedicated to the Munich air disaster, here you will be able to read newspaper stories that were written in the aftermath of the crash and read letters of condolence that were sent to the club and family members after the event. You will also be able to look at the football kits these players used to wear and to view items that were signed by Manchester United players that died in the Munich air crash, including Duncan Edwards. There is an area of the museum that is dedicated to Manchester United legends and each of these players has a cabinet with information and memorabilia on display. Players such as Eric Cantona, George Best and Ryan Giggs are celebrated. There is also a room that is dedicated to celebrating Manchester United's successful youth programme, as well as machines where you can look up old games and a shop where you can buy merchandise. I did really enjoy visiting the museum; however I think that the guided tour around Old Trafford was my favourite part of the trip. You have to pay a little bit extra to join a guided tour, but in my opinion it is well worth it. On this tour you will find out new information, you can have your photograph taken in the dugout; you get to sit in the changing rooms and you run out of the tunnel like a player. Overall I'd Manchester United Museum and trophy room is a great place to visit, children and adult alike will enjoy a trip here - bit it is worth paying a bit more for the stadium tour... This is a must for all die hard reds - five out of five stars!
Manchester United have a vast advantage over the rest.....cash ! They have this due to the massive merchandising operation they do worldwide. Shirts, tshirts, videos and god knows what else. They also heve the club museum, which is a splendid day for ant United (or football) fan to see the deep history of this club. From the formation as Newton Heath, to the great side of the forties and fifties, through the Tragedy of munich and the elation of the european cup win in 68, right through to the astonishing treble in 1999, this museum catalogues anything it can about the club. Old shirts, newspaper cuttings and the infamous programme from the game against sheff weds in 1958 when the teamsheet was blank after the crash, and the words United will go on, were all that could be seen (very rare) There is a chance to see trophies galore, and have photos taken with them on certain days. Members get in free but its not a lot if you arent, just remember the megastore is over the road and the kids will spend far more in there !