This guide will show you how to unlock the Museum Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch.
Read on to learn where to put the Museum, available upgrades, how to relocate the building, and all the things you can do there.
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After getting the July 3, Ver. 1.3 Summer Update, you'll be able to donate sea creatures caught in the ocean, to the museum. The first time you donate sea creatures to Blathers, you will see an option saying "I found a sea creature!" above "Make a donation."
Choose that new option and you will be able to donate only 1 sea creature. After donating that first sea creature, the "I found a sea creature!" option will no longer appear, you can return to choosing "Make a donation", to donate multiple sea creatures (fish, bugs, fossils, and artwork) at a time.
|Ver. 1.3 - Summer Update Links|
|Diving||Sea Creatures||Catching Tips||Snorkels||Wet Suits|
|Pirate Gulliver||Pascal||Scallops||Mermaid Series||Pearls|
|1.||Give 5 Fish or Bugs to Tom Nook.|
|2.||Blathers will call Nook, and you will be given Blathers' Tent.|
|3.||Set up the tent to wherever you like.|
|4.||Blathers' tent will be built by the next day and Blathers will move in.|
|5.||Give 15 Fish or Bugs to Blathers.|
|6.||The Museum will be built two days later.|
Get either 5 fish or bugs and give them Tom Nook in his tent. He will then receive a call from Blathers and give you a tent for you to set up the Museum.
As always, you can find Tom Nook waiting inside of the green Resident Services tent. Talk to him and say “I found a creature!”.
After 5 donations, he'll get a call from Blathers and task you with finding a location for the curator's tent.
Blathers will arrive the day after you choose a location for his tent.
Give him any combination of 15 new Bugs and Fish (it doesn't matter which ones you give him, as long as the total is 15).
After giving 15 donations to Blathers, the tent will go under renovation the following day. From the day after that, you'll be able to access the complete Museum.
|1||Talk to Blathers at the Museum after Donating 60 different Bugs, Fish or Fossils.|
|2||Isabelle will announce a suspiscious visitor the next day.|
|3||Look for Redd and buy an artwork.|
|4||Donate the work of art to the Museum.|
|5||The Museum will be renovated and re-open with the Art Gallery added 2 days later.|
Aftering making 60 Donations to the Museum, of any combination of Fish, Bugs and Fossils, Blathers will tell you that he'd like the Museum to be expanded to showcase works of art.
You might need to talk to him twice if you've met the requirements but Blathers doesn't mention art when you talk to him the first time. After he does, you'll be able to donate artwork to him.
In her daily broadcast, Isabelle will announce that a "suspicious character" is visiting the island.
If you see this announcement, Redd will be standing somewhere on your island. You won't be able to enter his boat, you need to find him and talk to him!
Once you find and talk to Redd, he will offer to sell you a piece of art.
At first, he will sell it to you at a ridiculous price, but keep talking to him to get a Cousin's Discount, lowering the price to 4,980 Bells.
You can donate the bought artwork to Blathers at the Museum.
At this point, the Blathers will apply for an expansion of the Museum to have the Art Gallery added.
Once Blathers has applied for the expansion, the Museum will close for renovations the next day.
Just like when the tent was upgraded, the completed Museum will open the day after renovations begin, so it'll take 2 days in total for the upgrade to complete.
With the upgrade, the Art Gallery will be added to the second floor.
|Make 5 Museum Donations to Tom Nook||
|Make 15 Museum Donations to Blathers||
EnlargeFirst Museum Building
|Make 60 total Museum Donations||Museum with Art Gallery Upgrade|
After you've built the Museum, you will be able to donate any Bugs, Fish and Fossils you find, and view all the Bugs, Fish and Fossils you have previously donated to Blathers.
You can only donate each item once. Try to fill up the whole Museum with all the Bugs, Fish and Fossils in the game!
|Items to Donate|
|List of Bugs||List of Fish||List of Fossils|
After you've found a Fossil by digging it up, you can take it to Blathers to assess. This will identify the fossil, both changing its appearance as well as its price.
You should always take new Fossils to Blathers to assess right away. If the fossil assessed is one that you have already donated, either sell it for a high price, or keep it as furniture in your home.
Upgraded Resident Services is required to use this feature.
Talk to Tom Nook at Resident Services and select Let's talk about infrastructure.
Moving building will cost you 50,000 Bells so you better have than on hand before progressing.
Say "I want layout changes". You can now select a building to move; from an island home, up to facilities like the tailors and the Museum. Select the Museum.
After choosing the new area, select the moving kit from your pockets and use it. You will be able to see how it will look like before you confirm.
If you speak to Tom Nook again before choosing the new location, you can cancel relocation. However, once you have decided on a spot, it cannot be cancelled, so be sure to make up your mind 100% beforehand.
The construction site will be put up, and the store will be moved to the new location the next day.
Choosing a spot for the Museum that is close to the Airport will make it easier to deliver bugs, fish and fossils found on Mystery Island Tours to Blathers, descreasing the amount of time you spend going back and forth.
After unlocking Island Designer, you can decorate the vicinity of facilities however you like. At this point, you will also be able to relocate the Museum anywhere you want, including on top of cliffs, so you don't need to worry too much if you dislike the initial spot you picked for the Museum.
|Nook's Cranny||Able Sisters|
|Harvey's Island & Photopia||Harv's Plaza|
|Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler||The Roost|
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