“The countries first dedicated video game museum”
This isn't your traditional museum. To parallel the industry we represent, exhibits feature loads of interactivity. There will be plenty of game systems to play from Pong to present, including a full reproduction of an 80's arcade. The museum is the evolution of the world-famous Classic Gaming Expo museum exhibit which is comprised of over 20,000 items spanning numerous collections and over 25 years of historical document and data archiving. The ultimate vision of The National Videogame Museum is to have a physical research and reference facility that will also serve as an interactive educational exhibit to the industry and general public alike.
If you have watched numerous videos about gaming history on youtube, this museum is a physical representation of that. There are plenty of gaming related items to look at and try out. Everything is grouped into different categories such as controllers, handhelds and third party. The signage seems to do a good job of giving people context about the various parts of gaming history, although some of it, like the sign dealing with controllers was off to a side that was not noticeable right away. Overall I hope this museum is able to continue to put items on display in a way that still has a good flow.
Really cool place! even if your not in to video games, just seeing the history of how video game consoles developed is very interesting. They have all kinds of video game consoles setup from old to new to play with.
The video game industry rakes in more cash yearly than the film and music industry combined. Behind all those billion-dollar games is a fascinating history that the National Videogame Museum explores. The museum has classic 80s-themed arcade games you can play, along with 20 interactive exhibits.
The place is popping with colors, sounds, and smells of pizza and popcorn that will take you back to your childhood (or teenage years for some of us). Classic memorabilia like the Commodore 64, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario Bros. are on display. If you’re traveling with kids, they will absolutely love this place. Don’t blame us if they never want to leave!
Adding to the nostalgia, there is an 80s-themed bedroom complete with vintage sheets, drawers full of retro games, and trading cards. Music also adds to the ambiance, with classic tracks blasting throughout the museum.
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Frisco!
Planned to stop here for my 9 year old Mario obsessed son, and it did not dissappoint! We did arrive about an hour before they left but we had time to look at everything and still play the arcade games at the end. If you are really into videogames and want to read about everything I would go early to make sure you have time to get through all of it. They have many interactive games and consoles before you even get to the arcade portion. Every entrance ticket is given tokens for the arcade so we had quite a few being that my toddler couldn't play them. Good to save for a souvenir if you are a scrapbooker and take photos, or a vacation memory box. Also a shop at the end with stuffed animals, shirts and other fun gifts.
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National Videogame Museum
- Sun, Tue - Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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