26 Apr 2021 1:41 PM +00:00

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Museum Day 2021 Dates, Rewards, Characters And More

The next event after the big summer update for Animal Crossing New Horizons is 'International Museum Day' 2021.

Nature Day and May Day have come and gone - now it's time to focus on International Museum Day.

This yearly event celebrates Museums in the real world. The event highlights a specific theme which changes every year.

Take a look at all we know about this event coming to New Horizons soon!

When Is International Museum Day In Animal Crossing New Horizons?

International Museum Day is set to take place on May 18th-31st and it is a free to play event, meaning there is no additional cost to opt into this event.

The real-world event is celebrated on the 18th May.


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What Will International Museum Day Include?

On these days, players can walk into their museum and talk to Blathers; our owl friend will then begin to explain the "Stamp Rally".

Grab your stamp card and collect stamps by touring the museum exhibits.

International Museum Day will change the game's version number on the title screen to 1.2.0b when the event has been activated.

After speaking to Blathers, you'll understand a bit more about the event and you can begin collecting stamps by touring your Museum’s galleries.

Tour the Fish, Bugs and Fossil exhibits and you will find three handy Stamp Stations in each gallery bearing an owl logo.

Just walk up to the stamp location and press A to get your stamp.


Players will be able to get free in-game rewards for simply stopping by some of the terminals around the museum. All you have to do is to go around and appreciate the beauty of all the creatures you have caught!

This event is 14 days long, so what happens after the initial stamping phase?

When you speak to Blathers on the following days, he’ll inform you that a Stamp Rally is being held at the Museum again. But the Stamp Cards have changed locations and will do every day.


Event Rewards

After completing the Stamp rally you'll receive the following:

  • Fish Plaque - complete the Fish stamp rally
  • Fossil Plaque - complete the Fossil stamp rally
  • Bug Plaque - complete the Big stamp rally

Each plaque sells for 300 bells in Nook's Cranny.

Data Miners Reveal New Content

Recently, data miner Ninji revealed a bunch of unreleased features that are due to arrive in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Although some of it may be generic updates to come at a later period, he specifically said that "some of this might make it into the Earth Day update".

Here's what's to come in the future:

  • Two extra museum upgrades are mentioned. All three levels (after the tent) appear to contain an art section.
  • Two new stand-alone buildings related to the museum are coming: the museum shop and the museum cafe (which incorporates a Gyroid section).
  • Redd appears to be returning and has a ship which will dock on the ‘secret beach’ at the north of the island. It also seems that you will be able to give him stuff.
  • The ‘fake art’ mechanic will make a return to Animal Crossing.
  • Bushes are returning, specifically mentioning azalea, hibiscus, holly, hydrangea, camellia, osmanthus (this list may change as they have already done between the 1.0.0 and 1.1.4 updates).
  • Vegetables will be added, similar to fruit, such as tomato, wheat, sugar cane, potato, carrot, pumpkin.
  • 1.0.0 has a file for a “Seafood” Critterpedia page that’s supposed to contain 33 items; the only one actually in the released game is the manila clam.
  • A third Nook’s Cranny upgrade is referenced.
  • Swimming/Diving is being added and will allow you to obtain fish (a different set from fishing) and seaweed. There’s a portion of the save file reserved to store them already!
  • Unused shopping interfaces in the game include: ‘cGardening’, ‘cMuseum’, ‘cRealEstate’, ‘cGallery’.
  • There’s a function that stores a ‘play report’ (Nintendo’s aggregate stats on gameplay) with three variants: get_recipe_diy, get_recipe_clothing, get_recipe_cooking - currently, only the DIY one is used so we could see the other two added.
  • Some mentions of stuff here have been removed from 1.1 onwards; the list mentioning ‘FlowerBush’ and vegetable names has been modified to list ‘FlBu, V0, V1, V2, …’ instead, one mention of Redd’s shop has gone from
  • ‘TShop’ is in what seems to be a list of doors that buildings can have. Since 1.1 they’ve added ‘WOffice’ as well, which isn’t actually used yet, but might be something they’re working on…
  • There’s a list of types for items where every type is used in the game, except for “Art” and “Dishes”.

None of this can be confirmed officially and may change or just be excess code. But it's an exciting time to know that Animal Crossing still has a lot left to give us!

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back here for more information as it becomes available.

That's all you need to know about Museum Day 2021 in Animal Crossing New Horizons. For more help with the game be sure to visit our guide on the fish and bugs being added this month. Elsewhere there's our look at where to get Forsythia.

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