Animal Crossing’s Museum explained: How to open, find Blathers, and donate objects in New Horizons

The Museum has returned in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Here, Blathers the Owl will take your donations of fish, insects, sea creatures, art and fossils and display them for the entire island to see. He will also access the fossils you bring him and tell you exactly what they are.

Thanks to the Ver.2.0 patch, Brewster will now open his cafe after completing a short quest line.

However, first you must open the museum on your island and to do this you must donate some items of historical importance.

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The museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Museum is, as you would expect, a museum displaying specimens of fish, insects, art, sea creatures, and fossils that can be found on your island. That’s only if you donate these items, of course.

It will take quite a while to fill the Museum, due to the fact that many of the fish, sea creatures, and insects that live on your island are seasonal. This means that they only appear during specific months of the year, so you will have to wait for them to appear.

Redd, who you buy your art from, also only visits your island occasionally, and to help out, he also likes to sell fake art.

Finally, Brewster will open his cafe in the museum once you complete a short quest line that Blathers sets for you. Here you can drink coffee whenever you want and maybe one of your villagers will visit the cafe!

The museum is run by Blathers the owl, who will not live on the island when you first arrive. Instead, you’ll have to attract his attention by discovering important historical finds on your island.

How to open the Museum and find Blathers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

When you first arrive at your island in New Horizons, the only services you will have access to are the airport and residential services.

The island won’t be empty for long, however, as with your help the Able Sisters can open a shop, the Nooklings can expand into Nook’s Cranny, and Blathers can open his museum.

To open the museum, you must first donate five fish or insects to Tom Nook.

Once you have made five donations, Blathers will arrive and set up his tent.

Blathers will arrive and set up his tent the day after you donate these items.

By talking to him in his shop, you will discover that Blathers needs 15 more donations before he can open his museum.

These donations can be a variety of fossils, sea creatures, insects and fish.

Fossils can be found by using your shovel in the various crevices that appear on your island every day. There will be four fossils hidden somewhere on your island every day.

Once you’ve made those 15 donations, the next day Blathers will be unavailable due to renovations (our tip: you can leave the donations outside on the floor and then drop them off when it opens; they won’t go anywhere!).

After that, the museum will be open to the public!

How to donate items to the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

When you first arrive at your island in New Horizons, you will only be able to make donations to the museum by speaking to Tom Nook in Residential Services.

However, once Blathers arrives, the task of collecting donations will pass into his hands.

Simply visit the owl in his shop or at the Museum and when you speak to him, select the “Make a donation” option. You can donate multiple items at the same time.

Don’t worry if he’s asleep: he doesn’t mind being woken up!

It’s a good idea to donate the first specimen you find (be it a fish, sea creature, insect, or fossil) because it may take some time to find another one. This way you won’t miss any important additions to the Museum and possibly have to wait a couple of months to add them.

If you want to donate art to the museum, you should make sure it is up to date and then talk to Redd, purchasing the painting he offers, when he first wanders around your island.

The Animal Crossing 2.0 and Happy Home Paradise update is here! We can help you with the new additions, including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretches, and Kapp’n boat tours. Cooking can now be unlocked, so you need to know how to make flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. In the meantime, if you’re new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help you with the basics. From the beginning, there are fish and insects to catch, flowers and fruits to grow. A long-term goal is to increase your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools like the new ladder and pole to fully explore.

Object evaluation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

In the original Animal Crossing games for GameCube, you had to mail your fossils to the Faraway Museum, now all you have to do is visit Blathers at the Museum.

To have Blathers evaluate your fossil collection, select the “Evaluate Fossils” option when speaking to him. Fortunately, Blathers can evaluate several fossils and will tell you if the Museum needs any of these fossils.

From here, you are free to donate these fossils or sell them for a good amount of bells at Nook’s Cranny.

Good luck building and filling your museum!

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