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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will include the beloved museum

Going to a museum while you’re on vacation does make sense

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will still have a museum to fill up, despite being set on a deserted island.

The Amazon listing for the official companion guide notes that “Museum lovers will be in for a treat - as long as you’re willing to be the one providing the exhibits!” confirming the museum feature for the game. It was unlikely that Nintendo was going to cut such an important part of the Animal Crossing series out of New Horizons, but it’s nice to get some confirmation.

For those who don’t know, past Animal Crossing games have had museums run by a delightful owl named Blathers. Blathers is extremely knowledgeable about bugs, fish, fossils, and paintings, but unfortunately the museum starts completely empty — and you have to fill it up.

As you donate different things to the museum, Blathers will display it in his museum. But with so many NPCs getting replaced by new ones — like Chip, the fishing tourney beaver swapping out for what seems to be a younger model — we hope Blathers still makes it into the game. Or at the very least that his progeny are running the show.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches for Nintendo Switch on March 20. An Animal Crossing-themed Switch will debut on March 13.

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