Are you a huge football fan? Regardless of whether you are, or aren’t, the FIFA World Museum is a must-visit in Zurich. As the only FIFA World Museum in the world, this museum gives every visitor a great insight on how it was established and how it has progressed over years.
Upon entry, you will be greeted with a wall that displays the entire history of FIFA and honestly, it can be a tad underwhelming. However, upon entering the exhibition on the lower level, you will be able to learn a lot more on FIFA. From the signing and inauguration of FIFA, to the trophy on display, the first exhibit on the lower level provides a lot of information on FIFA’s beginnings. Detailed documents are also on display here.
The next area is sectioned in a way where both the Men’s FIFA history and Women’s FIFA history are displayed. It showcases the winning team from each year since its establishment and for those that follow the FIFA World Cup, it definitely brings back great memories!
Apart from the history of FIFA, the museum also has exhibits where visitors can feel the difference in the types of footballs that have been used over the years. Did you know? The football of the past was so much heavier than the current football that is used today. In addition, the type of shoes has also been modified significantly since its beginnings. From 1920 to 2014, both the football and shoes have definitely moved on with the times!
What I really like about the museum is that there are many interactive activities.
A photo booth is available at the lower level which allows families to take photos together. In this photo booth, one is able to take a photo that showcases the stadium in which the FIFA world cup was held. (i.e. Wembley Stadium in England). One is able to get the photos sent to their email address and is definitely a pleasant token to have.
There is also a booth which allows one to learn how to be a sports commentator, with scripts available for one to practice. Upon trying, we realized that one really needs skill to be a sports commentator!
A dance booth is also available – one might ask – why a dance booth? In every FIFA match, there is bound to have a dance – be it a pre-match cheer or a dance upon scoring a goal. A motion-sensor dance area thus provides one to learn these dances and to have fun!
A small cinema that provides a pretty panoramic view also showcases a brief history of FIFA, and the waiting area to enter the cinema is set-up with replicas of chairs from stadiums that hosted the FIFA globally!
There are many other interactive activities in this FIFA museum, and I would definitely recommend everyone to take a half-day to explore this place. From learning about the different elements in FIFA posters to FIFA anthems over the years, this museum definitely showcases how football can really bring people together – and that’s pretty amazing!