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The UK’s national cultural centre for videogames.

We think videogames are for everyone.

Here, you can explore how they are made, who makes them, and even why they are made. You can play them and make them. You can attend workshops to learn how they are made. You can discover careers within the UK’s fastest growing creative industry. 

We are open every day from July 22nd – August 31st!

Atari 2600 10-in-1 – PlayThings

Until the day that we can directly control games with our minds, and that future might not be too far away, these pieces of degrading plastic and electronics, imbued with our memories of interacting with the soaring narratives or dazzling mechanical inputs, offer the primary way for us to engage with our favourite medium.

Announcing the Gang Beasts Takeover event!

From 22nd July to the 31st August, the NVM will be open every day, with a special exhibit about Sheffield’s best wobbly brawler – Gang Beasts! We’ve partnered up with local developers Boneloaf to give our visitors an insight into how they made the worldwide smash-hit game.

The Self Care Jam

A week-long remote event to explore self-care and making games, experiences and things together — 4 Days of Thinking Together + 3 Days of Making. Recruiting now!

NVM Announces Playing with Power project

The National Videogame Museum is delighted to announce that it is being supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund for its new project: Playing with Power. This support will allow the museum to continue growing and innovating, as we continue opening post-lockdown.

Play TimeCrashers

Lose yourself in this free immersive online experience which takes you on a unique virtual journey. Set in Sheffield’s only time-travelling nightclub, you are invited to travel back through time and experience a number of different historical eras each with a link to Sheffield’s colourful history.

Nintendo e-Reader and Game Cards – PlayThings

Trading cards have recently witnessed a miniature renaissance. Energetic YouTubers have become popular through ‘pack-opening’ videos, and as we’ve seen with the clamour for limited edition sneakers, trading cards are suddenly big financial and cultural news.

Director’s Cuts – 23rd June 2021

Sonic’s Birthday Some advice… If you ever find yourself in the lucky position of running a videogame festival or museum, one of the constant challenges you’re going to have is developing a constant, varied programme. It’s a useful exercise to look toward forthcoming videogame anniversaries or birthdays as a starting point. These can not only […]

Dragon Quest’s Heavenly Packaging – Playthings

As exploring the world of DQVIII is a whimsical joy, looking at the game’s comprehensive packaging is also filled with a similar sense of wonder. In particular, the packaging for the European release provides a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Gift Shop Now Open and Online!

We are very excited to announce the the National Videogame Museum will be reopening its doors this Saturday, for a special shop-only opening! Come and browse in our new, revamped shop section, and pick up some gaming gifts for your loved ones.

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