Is the museum returning in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Start collecting fish and fossils, the museum’s coming back in New Horizons.

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Almost every Animal Crossing game included the museum, and like previous games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will also include the feature. 

Headed by Blathers, the museum is exactly what it sounds like. Blathers, the owl curator, was already confirmed to appear in New Horizons, so it’s not a surprise that the museum is coming with him. Get ready to collect some fossils and paintings!


The Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ official guidebook is listed on Amazon, and the listing’s description goes into some brief details about the contents, including the museum. The listing states that “museum lovers will be in for a treat – as long as they’re willing to provide the exhibits!” 

Based on the guidebook’s description, it sounds like the museum remains unchanged in the new game. In previous games, the museum relied on donations from the player to curate exhibits. The exhibits could be paintings, insects, fossils, and fish. Just give the item to Blathers and he would immediately set up the exhibit for it. Based on the guidebook’s description, it is the same mechanic. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes to the Nintendo Switch on March 20.