The NVA announced back in June that they would be moving to Sheffield, citing that they needed to “build and grow”. The museum will allow visitors to play consoles and arcade machines and to see innovative exhibitions of studios, their games and how they are made. As well as cultural festivals and events, there will also be unique exhibitions reaching back to the industry’s birth and forward to games still in development.
“We’ve always tried to do more than just put out games for people to play,” said Iain Simons, Culture Director of the British Games Institute (BGI), which runs the NVM. “In our dynamic new space, we’re bringing videogame creators into the Museum to meet their players, showing visitors what games mean and responding to our community’s requests and ideas for new exhibits.” This also means working with games companies to create new and more ambitious shows. Previous exhibitions have featured Football Manager, Dizzy and Monument Valley.
NVM Patron and BGI Chair Ian Livingstone CBE said “The NVM is the games industry’s own museum, celebrating our games, our studios and our sector’s achievements over 40 years. I invite anyone who cares about the cultural life of videogames to join leaders from across the industry and support this amazing project with content, evangelism and funding to help expand the programme in the years to come.”
The National Videogame Museum will open at the Kollider building on Burgess Street, Sheffield, on 24 November 2018. You can visit their official website and sign up to the mailing list.