Jobs at the National Football Museum could be under threat if running costs cannot be met by Preston City Council.
The museum could become part of National Museums Liverpool
Councillors were meeting on Wednesday to discuss a cash shortfall at the museum, in Deepdale, Preston, which may mean a reduction in services.
The council is being asked to continue providing an annual grant of £25,000.
One of the money-saving options being considered by museum trustees is to make the attraction part of the National Museums Liverpool.
The museum, which offers free admission, includes a large collection of football memorabilia, photographs, film and interactive exhibits.
Funding for the free access policy came from the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the Football Foundation.