While museums have been closed, we—like many of you—have spent countless hours visiting the next best thing: the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Nintendo’s virtual utopia has become a bonafide quarantine phenomenon, resulting in record-breaking sales, legions of memes, a popular talk show, an SNL parody, and (harmless) outrage. And fellow museums such as the Getty and LACMA have even joined in the fun, inspiring the Denver Art Museum to follow suit.
So to help celebrate International Museum Day (May 18 in real life but a luxurious May 18-31 in Animal Crossing), we've turned five of our permanent collection favorites into QR codes you can use to upload into the game. Hang them up in a makeshift art gallery, display them on easels around your island, or turn them into t-shirts to give as gifts to your beloved villagers—they're yours to take and admire.
What you’ll need:
- A Nintendo Switch (obviously)
- A copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ditto)
- The Nintendo Switch Online app (free)
- A Nintendo Switch Online account (not free)
- NookLink activated (Tom Nook has his paws in everything)
How to get started:
- Open the Nintendo Switch Online app and find Animal Crossing under “Game Specific Services.”
- Click through to “Designs" and scan and save the QR code.
- In Animal Crossing, open up your NookPhone to download the QR code in the "Custom Designs" app.
- Press "+" to download the design. Select a save slot and choose the "Overwrite It" option.
- Select the design and choose how you'd like to display it.
- That's it! Consult this excellent guide if you get stuck.
What's on view:
After the artwork has been uploaded, it's time to display it on your island! Be sure to snap a screenshot (like the examples below) to share on social media. Tag us at @denverartmuseum with the hashtag #InternationalMuseumDay.
If you'd like to create your own designs and QR codes, try out the Animal Crossing Pattern Tool. Warning: you *will* lose hours of your life on it but then again, if you're a fan of Animal Crossing that's something you're used to.