Take a step through the turnstile and listen to the roar of the crowd. Before you lies a rich collection of artefacts and memorabilia which tells the secret story of football. It is a story of glory, tragedy and the game that Scotland gave to the world.
"You are standing in the oldest, continuously used national football stadium in the world, in the most important country in world football history," says Ged O'Brien, manager of the newly opened Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Glasgow
He is well qualified to make such a bold assertion. He has, after all, been piecing this story together for the past 12 years. Scots may not have invented the game per se, but there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the passing style we recognise in modern football originated on a public park little more than a free-kick's length away from where we stand.