The International Museum Day event arrives in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the middle of May. This event originally came to the game as part of an update which included old favourite characters Leif the Sloth, dodgy art dealer Redd, Wedding Season and more.
But what exactly is International Museum Day? Is it another festival like the egg-filled Bunny Day? In this guide you'll find out exactly what to expect from the International Museum Day event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the rewards you can get from completing it.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: International Museum Day Event
When is International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
The misleadingly-named International Museum Day in New Horizons isn't a single day at all - the event lasts from 18 May to 31st May, so far from being a blink-and-you'll-miss-it event, it spans the second half of May.
What happens on International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
Visiting Blathers in the museum during the International Museum Day event enables you to participate in a commemorative Stamp Rally to mark the occasion. By finding three special stamp machines in the fish, fossil and bug exhibits throughout the museum, you'll be able to claim in-game rewards.
Where are the stamp machines in the museum?
Each of the three exhibits has three stamp machines, and they are very easy to find by simply exploring the museum. The stamp machine locations vary day-to-day and island-to-island.
Here are a list of the possible stamp machines locations (we'll continue to add to this list until it's complete):
Possible Fish Exhibit Stamp machine locations:
- Big River
- Coral Reef
- Icy Sea
- Serentity Tank
- The Coast
- The Deep
- The Pond
Possible Fossil Exhibit Stamp machine locations:
- Aquatic Reptiles
- Extinction Spot
Possible Bug Exhibit Stamp machine locations:
- Butterfly Garden
- Coconut Corner
- Dragonfly Bridge
- Giant Tree
- Hiding Bugs
- Quiet Bench
- Shady Path
- Sun-Peek Path
- The Lab
What rewards do you get for completing the Stamp Rally?
After collecting each of the three stamps in an exhibit, talk to Blathers and he will reward you with a plaque to hang on the wall in your home. There are three plaques to collect and display proudly around your abode (one for each exhibit). We hung ours in the bathroom:
It's possible to collect multiple copies of these plaques by completing the Stamp Rally each day. Not particularly useful, but hey, maybe you want to gift the plaques to your residents, or build yourself a plaque-filled room filled with nothing but Stamp Rally rewards. Fill your boots from 18th - 31st May!
Does the art exhibit have stamp machines?
No, it seems that the art exhibit doesn't play a part in the Stamp Rally.
Do you need to have donated lots of fish, bugs and fossils for the Stamp Rally?
We’re still investigating, but it seems that the number of specimens that you have donated to the museum doesn't affect your ability to collect stamps. It's a simple case of finding the machines throughout the museum and collecting the stamps.
How can I prepare for International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
Well, on the assumption that the stamps aren't connected to the donations you've made, you really don't need to do much beside unlocking and upgrading the museum itself. To do so you'll have to start donating fish, bugs and fossils to Blathers (or Tom Nook at the very beginning of the game).
Donating specimens to the museum is something many people do as a matter of course, but if you've been selling your catches for Bells and neglecting the cultural development of your town, there's never been a better time to get philanthropic.
This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which covers How To Fish with Complete Fish List and How To Catch Bugs with Complete Bug List. If you're looking for specific fish we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish and Golden Trout, along with a list of Fish And Bugs leaving at the end of June and the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we've found so far. We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How To Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How To Get More DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down And Moving Trees, and using amiibo on Harv's Island.
And finally Where To Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons On Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.