The first ever national museum solely for the appreciation of videogames and videogame culture is now open to the public in Nottingham, UK.
The National Videogame Arcade exists not for the sake of gamers being entertained by videogames, but rather admiration for games – much like how individuals respect film, music, and literature as mediums of entertainment that is what they’re going for here with this museum.
The museum cost £2.5m and was first announced last year at Nottingham’s annual Game City festival.
Co-director Jonathan Smith has been pleased with the launch: “It’s been really exciting. It was incredible when we opened. We’ve invested so much in resources and emotionally,” he said in a statement. “Luckily we’ve been able to see the place full of excited people. And there are all ages and backgrounds. We wanted to get a diverse group of people together to play games.”
The opening of the museum apparently saw lines of people queueing down the street to be among the first to take a look inside. If you’re interested in taking a look for yourself, you’ll need to book a ticket in advance – entrance is being carefully managed to avoid overcrowding.