How to Unlock Museum in New Horizons
How to Unlock the Museum:
Inside the Museum
The museum is much bigger on the inside than it looks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Inside, Bugs will be displayed on the left, Fish are on the right, and Fossils are down the stairs in front of you.
Always assess Fossils before selling them, too!
As of update 1.2.0, Blathers will also accept works of art as donations – but only once you’ve progress far enough into your other museum donations. In order for Blathers to begin accepting art, you will need to donate a total of 60 bugs, fish, and fossils to the museum (these include the donations made to Tom Nook at the start of your deserted island adventure, and the 15 donations Blathers requires to build a proper museum. This means once the Museum is initially built, you will need 40 more donations.
Once you’ve hit this milestone, Blathers will tell you on the next day that he has begun taking donations for works of art – although he has no place to display them just yet. Luckily, you’re likely to hear the very next day that a suspicious individual has been seen sailing around the nearby islands.
Once you’ve gotten this announcement, search your island to find Redd (who usually hangs out by the beaches), and he’ll sweet talk you into trying to buy a painting for a crazy price – and then give you that sweet family discount. Take him up on his offer (don’t worry, this one is genuine), and then donate it to Blathers at the Museum. With a painting in hand, he’ll finally be able to begin the process of upgrading the museum to hold a grant art exhibit on the second floor – which will take a full day to construct.
After Blathers has finished construction of the art exhibit, continue to be on the lookout for Redd – or look for his ship that always docks on the north side of the island at the remote beach – which will usually require a Ladder or terraforming via the Island Designer to get to.
Upon speaking to Redd once more, he’ll invite you to go and board his Treasure Trawler to see more of his wares, and open up his shop for all future visits, which include buying 1 of 4 works of art each time you visit, just remember to choose carefully, lest you buy a forgery!
To fill out your ACNH museum, make sure to use our Critterpedia guides!:
How to Move the Museum
The Museum in Previous Animal Crossing Games
In previous games, the Museum has also included a coffee shop and constellation-viewing with Celeste, Blathers’ younger sister.