Touting themselves as the “nation’s only museum dedicated to the history of videogames and STEM education with interactive displays for all ages,” the National Videogame Museum will open inside the Frisco Discovery Center—this weekend! 

The museum features more than 100,000 videogame consoles, games and artifacts from the past and present. This interactive museum brings to life science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) values by tapping into America’s enthusiasm for playing and creating videogames.

Opening to the public this weekend, the National Videogame Museum will be open extended hours this Saturday and Sunday (April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) in celebration of their grand opening. Regular opening hours listed below.

More than 20 installations include:

Pixel Dreams, a 1980s-inspired arcade full of timeless classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more.

Giant Pong: Play the classic game of Pong on the world’s largest home Pong console on a giant 15-foot TV replica from the 1970.

Head-to-Head Hall: A hall full of gaming stations where you can go head-to-head with competitors in tournaments. Guests may find a set of game systems and games they’ve never seen before or find a tribute to their favorite game franchise played on 10 different systems. The hall takes advantage of NVM’s 12,000+ library of games and will be an ever-changing area of fun.

Gearbox behind the scenes: See the actual office of Randy Pitchford, founder of Gearbox Software and creator of games Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and Duke Nukem Forever.

The Timeline of Consoles: Learn the stories and see artifacts from more than 50 past and present videogame consoles on a physical timeline.

Rarest artifacts: A collection of rare artifacts that will be displayed include the only Sega Neptune prototype, the unreleased Barbie edition for the Nintendo Game Boy Pocket system, the Atari Mindlink controller (one of only two in the world), and the ultra-rare RDI Halcyon laserdisc-based game console and the Nintendo World Championships cartridge from 1990.

National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum is the only museum in America dedicated to the history of the videogame industry. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings together the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) values within videogames. These values are presented both as an entertainment medium and a career path as a highly interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The NVM archive is unparalleled in size and comprised of dozens of one-of-a-kind artifacts, in addition to more than 100,000 pieces of videogame hardware, software, documentation and memorabilia. The center is available for corporate events, birthday parties, field trips and research studies and is open to the public six days a week.

Special Grand Opening hours: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Normal Opening Hours: Monday (closed); TuesdayThursday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Friday–Saturday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Sunday (noon5 p.m.)

Admission:

  • General, $12
  • $10 children 10 and under, military, educators, seniors (Valid ID required upon purchase of military, educators and seniors tickets.)

Web: nvmusa.org.

Rebecca Silvestri

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