National Videogame Museum

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US National Videogame Museum
National Videogame Museum Logo.png
EstablishedApril 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)
LocationFrisco, Texas, United States
Coordinates33°08′38″N 96°50′07″W / 33.143998°N 96.835238°W / 33.143998; -96.835238
TypeComputer museum
  • John Hardie
  • Sean Kelly
  • Joe Santulli

The US National Videogame Museum is a museum about the history of video games and the video game industry, located in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 2016, the museum includes classic video game arcade machines in an arcade setting, games on different video game consoles in a living room setting, games on historic computers, exhibits on the history of the industry, artifacts and memorabilia about the video gaming industry.[1] One of the museum's goals is to have visitors experience the games,[2] so there are many interactive displays which feature playable games.[3]

In the UK, the National Videogame Arcade opened in 2015 in Nottingham, as the world's first cultural centre dedicated entirely to videogames.[4] It was moved to Sheffield in 2018, and renamed the National Videogame Museum.[5]


Beginning in 1999, John Hardie, Sean Kelly and Joe Santulli hosted the first Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas to organize "the world's first event paying tribute to the people, systems and games of yesteryear".[6][7] The Video Game Museum was a traveling exhibition of classic games and systems that was shown at the Expo,[8] as well as displayed at such trade conventions as E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)[9][10] and GDC (Game Developers Conference).[11]

In 2011, the founders started a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to mobilize their archive as a first step towards finding a permanent location, to be known as the Videogame History Museum.[7]

On September 18, 2014, the Frisco Community Development Corporation board voted unanimously to bring the Videogame History Museum to Frisco, Texas, although it wasn't their first choice. Their preferred location was Silicon Valley.[6]

The 10,400-square-foot (970 m2) National Videogame Museum opened in April 2016 in the Frisco Discovery Center.[12]


People playing a large scale version of the iconic Pong video game at the National Videogame Museum.

The National Videogame Museum offers multiple exhibits that each focus on a different "stage" or aspect of video game history. This includes exhibits that focus on sound design in games, the video game crash of 1983, the rise of the home computer as well as the evolution of video game controllers, consoles, and more. The museum features elaborate showcases of particularly rare and popular gaming artifacts, such as Stadium Events and the Nintendo World Championships NES Cartridge, as well as rare special edition consoles, many of which had only a handful of units ever produced. The Museum also acts as a safe haven for all kinds of video game prototypes, including the only known prototype of the unreleased Sega Neptune ever created. The National Videogame Museum is notable for having one of the largest historical gaming archives in the world.

Various game consoles are running around the Museum that attendees can sit down with and play at their leisure, or go head-to-head with one another, with a selection of games that typically rotates monthly. The National Videogame Museum also hosts a fully featured, 80's style classic gaming arcade that features games such as Pac-Man, Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong, and many other classic arcade mainstays. There is also a giant-sized version of the game Pong that has earned the Museum widespread acclaim.


  1. ^ "Press Start: The National Videogame Museum Opens in Frisco". Dallas Magazine. April 2, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Our mission". National Videogame Museum. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome To Texas: National Videogame Museum". CBS DFW. March 31, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "National Videogame Museum history". Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "National Videogame Museum reopens in Sheffield". November 24, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Wigglesworth, Valerie (September 18, 2014). "Board OKs agreement to bring Videogame History Museum to Frisco". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Cavalli, Earnst (July 11, 2011). "Videogame History Museum Seeks Kickstarter Funding". The Escapist. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Chris Kohler (July 28, 2007). "CGE: Inside The Museum". Wired Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Andrew Cunningham (June 16, 2013). "A trip through gaming history: the Videogame History Museum at E3". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "The Videogame History Museum shows off vintage games and gear at E3 2014". CNET. June 12, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Melissa Aparicio (March 19, 2014). "Nintendo nostalgia takes a turn at Game Developers Conference". Tech Hive. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "National Videogame Museum opens in Frisco". Fox4News. April 12, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.

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