Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Celebrate International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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:

How to get started:

  1. Open the Nintendo Switch Online app and find Animal Crossing under “Game Specific Services.”
  2. Click through to “Designs" and scan and save the QR code.
  3. In Animal Crossing, open up your NookPhone to download the QR code in the "Custom Designs" app.
  4. Press "+" to download the design. Select a save slot and choose the "Overwrite It" option.
  5. Select the design and choose how you'd like to display it.
  6. That's it! Consult this excellent guide if you get stuck.

What's on view:

Dance Examination (Examen de Danse) by Edgar Degas. Download QR code ⬇

Edgar Degas, "Dance Examination"
Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880. Denver Art Museum: Anonymous Gift, 1941.6. Photography courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

Bleu, Blanc et Jaune (Blue, White and Yellow) by Piet Mondrian. Download QR code ⬇

Piet Mondrian, "Bleu, Blanc et Jaune"
Piet Mondrian, Bleu, Blanc et Jaune (Blue, White and Yellow), 1932. Oil paint on canvas. The Charles Francis Hendrie Memorial Collection, 1966.185.

Cow Licking by Georgia O'Keeffe. Download QR code ⬇

Georgia O'Keeffe, "Cow Licking"
Georgia O'Keeffe, Cow Licking, 1921. Oil paint on canvas. T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Collection by exchange, 1993.21.

A Saddled Bay Hunter by George Stubbs. Download QR code ⬇

George Stubbs, "A Saddled Bay Hunter"
George Stubbs, A Saddled Bay Hunter, 1786. Oil paint on panel. Signed and dated at lower left, Geo. Stubbs pinxit 1786Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.10.

Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael by Benjamin West. Download QR code ⬇

Benjamin West, "Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael"
Benjamin West, Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael, about 1767. Oil paint on canvas. Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.14.

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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Denver Art Museum & Animal Crossing Collection. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Dance Examination at the Lighthouse (Examen de Danse au Phare), 2020. Oil pixels on canvas. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bleu, Blanc, Jaune et Moi (Blue, White, Yellow and Me), 2020. Oil pixels on canvas. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Cow Licking the Moon, 2020. Oil pixels on canvas. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A Saddled Bay Hunter Stops to Smell the Flowers, 2020. Oil pixels on canvas. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Mrs. Benjamin West and Her Son Raphael Go to the Beach, 2020. Oil pixels on canvas. Photography courtesy of Nintendo.

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.

Isabel from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Jeremy Medina is a digital content associate in the marketing department of the Denver Art Museum. Jeremy joined the DAM in 2020 and is looking forward to updating his bio with his favorite painting from the museum's collection after careful deliberations have been made.