Aussenansicht Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund - direkt am Hauptbahnhof, © Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund

Ger­man Foot­ball Mu­seum Dortmund

Ger­many’s fa­vour­ite sport for more than 90 minutes

Here, there’s more than just titles, goals and tri­umphs on dis­play. The mu­seum is ded­ic­ated to the less ap­peal­ing as­pects of foot­ball as well as those that pro­mot­ing un­der­stand­ing between na­tions.

When the room lights go out and the large screens light up, you can feel the goose­bumps. “Rahn shoots”, “Öz­il scores”, or “Müller ro­tates around his own ax­is, and ...” - the mon­it­ors show ma­gic­al mo­ments for cel­eb­ra­tion that il­lus­trate why foot­ball needs a mu­seum.

The mu­seum was opened in Dortmund in 2015, and is at most about an hour’s drive from five Bundes­liga sta­di­ums. Here, dir­ectly next to the main train sta­tion, Schalke and Co­logne fans or fans of the re­cord-break­ing cham­pi­on, Bay­ern Mu­nich, are also wel­come. 200,000 vis­it­ors come here every year, with the largest num­bers on days when the BVB Dortmund is play­ing at home, when guest fans are in town.

The build­ing is not di­vided in­to floors, but in­to half times. The first half time is de­voted to the na­tion­al team. Their vic­tor­ies, their de­feats and their his­tory. But that’s far from all. The mu­seum has more to of­fer. For ex­ample, the treat­ment of Jew­ish play­ers dur­ing the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist peri­od. It de­scribes the polit­ic­al as­pects of na­tion­al games, such as the World Cup game between East and West Ger­many, which Spar­wasser de­cided in fa­vour of the GDR. Or it com­mem­or­ates the play­er Lutz Ei­gen­dorf. His fatal car ac­ci­dent, which is re­cor­ded in Stasi doc­u­ments, is an un­solved puzzle.

Nat­ur­ally, the ex­hib­i­tion also shines and sparkles in vari­ous places, thanks to the stars on the jer­seys, the im­per­i­al aura of the Beck­en­bauer dis­play cases and the many vic­tory trophies. In­cid­ent­ally, the cups won by the wo­men’s na­tion­al team fill more space than those of their male col­leagues.

The second half is ded­ic­ated to the team col­ours, the fan cul­ture, re­port­ers’ voices and oth­er as­pects of the game, such as the bal­loon silk train­er jack­et worn by Chris­toph Daum, which was once stolen. Over­all, the mu­seum shows a kind of cul­tur­al his­tory in many fa­cets, and in a highly en­ter­tain­ing way. It’s there­fore no sur­prise to the ex­hib­i­tion cur­at­ors that the mu­seum is not just pop­u­lar the gen­er­ic male fan with his team scarf, but is also vis­ited by a very mixed group of vis­it­ors. These vis­it­ors can ex­per­i­ence the art of the pro­fes­sion­al play­ers them­selves - by ly­ing down in the same po­s­i­tion as Klaus Fisc­her when he scored his “goal of the cen­tury”, for ex­ample.

After the end of the second half, there is space for ex­tra time - the play­ing field on the ground floor. Here, the fo­cus is no longer on foot­ball his­tory, etern­al her­oes and sports policy. Here, the ball simply has to land in the net.

Open­ing hours:
Tues­day - Sunday (also on pub­lic hol­i­days): 10 am - 6 pm
Last en­trance to the ex­hib­i­tion: 5 pm

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Aussenansicht Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund - direkt am Hauptbahnhof, © Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund
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