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The Museum exterior in New Leaf
Ashurii muesum.jpg
Four players in the museum
Service Town museum
Services Fossil, fish, insect and art exhibits
The Roost
Opening hours Always open
Appearances Doubutsu no Mori+
Animal Crossing
Doubutsu no Mori e+
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The museum is a stone building found in all the Animal Crossing series games, except for Doubutsu no Mori. It is an establishment for the collection and display of insects, fish, paintings, and fossils. The curator, an owl named Blathers, will have to be woken up during the day, but is always awake at night. Blathers is present in the main room all day, every day. Celeste, Blathers' sister, resides in the Observatory, the second floor of the museum. She will also have to be woken up during the day, but she denies the fact that she was sleeping, claiming that she was just resting her eyes. Like her brother, she is available all day and night. Upon donating every possible specimen to the Museum the player will be awarded a Museum Model.

In Wild World and City Folk, Celeste runs the Observatory on the second floor. Here, the player can create custom constellations by connecting between stars with lines. On the basement floor is The Roost, a small café run by Brewster. Occasionally, villagers and special characters will drink coffee at The Roost's bar (such as Kapp'n, Pelly, or Phyllis). K.K. Slider will perform in The Roost on Saturday nights. In City Folk, Brewster will also store a player's Gyroids.

In New Leaf, the Museum no longer features the Observatory or The Roost. At the beginning of the game, the Museum consists of only a single floor, although a second story can be constructed as a public works project and The Roost Cafe can also be built as a public works project, though as its own building outside of the museum. With this expansion, Celeste will operate a gift shop selling unique furniture, tools, wallpaper and carpets, and will also rent out four different exhibition spaces for 10,000 Bells each. The second floor also contains lockers that can access a player's storage space. Outside the entrance to the Museum is a board that lists every exhibit and their donors, and the paintings section has been expanded to encompass sculptures as well.


The insect room in Animal Crossing

With the net the player can catch bugs in the wild. Bugs can be given to Blathers at the museum to be donated and put on display. The bugs are kept in a grassy room, usually nearby similar bugs. Blathers is afraid of bugs and will refuse to touch them.

Animal Crossing layout[edit]

The exhibit is one room. At the back of the room, there are around five to seven summer themed trees. They will have beetles and cicadas on them. In the middle (see picture), there is a lot of flowers, a pond and a tree. This area will contain ladybirds and butterflies. At the bottom area there will be a pile of leaves, a big rock and a single tree. These will have grasshoppers, crickets, and a few other bugs. Also, when the player donates a mosquito, it will be flying around and attempt to bite the player. If a cockroach is donated, it will be scuttling around the floor.

Animal Crossing: Wild World layout[edit]

The bug exhibits are split into two rooms. Butterflies are in the first room, and so are all the bugs that live on palm trees, under rocks, and in the ground. Pondskaters will also apear in this room. All grass-bound bugs and bugs that live on trees are in the second room. The cockroach, once donated, skitters on the floor of the first room.

Animal Crossing: City Folk layout[edit]

All bugs are in one big room which is split into three levels. The first level has all the butterflies, located near the entrance with insects that can be found near or in water. The second level, which is connected to the first by a small slope, is set up like a small wooded area. The rafflesia, a large flower that appears in a town when there are too many weeds, is next to the slope. The third level, which is also connected by a small slope to the second level, is open planned, with trees surrounding the wall at the top of the room with a few heat lamps.
A player admiring the bugs.

Completing the insect collection[edit]

In Animal Crossing, when a player complete the insect collection, Blathers remarks, "Woo hoo hootie HOO! Pardon that outburst, but I believe this means... Yes! The insect collection is complete! I daresay that congratulations are in order. I could never bring myself to capture such numbers of grotesqueries!

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, when a player complete the insect collection, Blathers remarks, "Hoo! Is it... even possible? Can the insect collection truly be complete?! I must say, I do not know whether to be elated or absolutely disgusted. Regardless, our thanks! I trust we can rely on your unfailing patronage! Our fate is in your hands!"

A fish in a tank in the City Folk museum


A player looking at the fish in New Leaf

Fish can be caught by fishing with the fishing rod in bodies of water. Fish that haven't already been donated can be given to the museum. They are kept in large tanks of water. There are lots of different fish to donate, from goldfish to sharks, and only one of each kind can be held in the tanks.

Animal Crossing layout[edit]

There are six tanks for pond, river and freshwater fish. Then there is one big tank containing the seawater fish.

Animal Crossing: Wild World layout[edit]

A plan of the museum from Wild World

In Wild World, the fish section divides into two rooms. All river, pond, river pool, and waterfall fish are kept in two tanks in the first room, while all ocean fish are kept in one large tank in the second room that is located to the north of the first.

Animal Crossing: City Folk layout[edit]

A plan of the museum from City Folk

In City Folk, all fish are in one room. Most ocean fish, including the hammerhead shark, are found in a very large tank that spans across the entire northern part of the room. Small ocean fish, like the surgeonfish, are kept in a long, tube-shaped tank in the southeast corner of the room. Most small river fish, like the guppy, are in the southwest corner of the room in a similar tank. All other river, pond, river pool, and waterfall fish, like the carp and char, are kept in the middle of the room in two tanks.

A player admiring the Calm Painting


Main article: Painting
A player running in the museum

Painting can be bought from Tom Nook and Crazy Redd, or can be found by other means if lucky. However, paintings that are bought from Redd have a chance of being fake, and will be rejected when given to Blathers for donation. If one tried to sell a forged painting at Tom Nook's Store, Tom Nook will only offer 10 bells for it.

Animal Crossing layout[edit]

The paintings are almost the same as in Animal Crossing: Wild World, having only less twists and turns.

Animal Crossing: Wild World layout[edit]

The paintings are all in one room. There are many aisles of paintings. The pathway to the next row of paintings curves and twists.

Animal Crossing: City Folk layout[edit]

The paintings exhibit in City Folk is split up into two rooms; a main room and a back room. Most paintings are displayed in the main room. In the back room, there is a single row of paintings along the wall of the room. The rope divider in the middle of the room guards the Famous Painting once it is donated.

A section of City Folks Fossil collection


Main article: Fossils

Fossils can be dug up from the ground at star-shaped spots. In Animal Crossing, the player has to send fossils by letter to the Farway Museum for analysis and identification. They are returned shortly after, when they can then be given to Blathers for placement in the museum. In Wild World, City Folk and New Leaf, Blathers has the license to analyze fossils himself, making the process much faster. Fossils can be pieced together to form complete skeletons, and upon completion Blathers will give the player information on the dinosaur.

Animal Crossing layout[edit]

The fossils are all placed in one room. The smaller fossils, such as amber and an ammonite, are in a line.

Animal Crossing: Wild World layout[edit]

The museum has two rooms for fossils. The smaller fossils can be found in both rooms.

Animal Crossing: City Folk layout[edit]

The fossil section of the museum is composed of two rooms and floors. Smaller fossils are kept upstairs in the second room.

Completing fossil collection[edit]

When all fossils have been donated to the Museum, Blathers will remark, "Hoo hootie HOOOOOOO! You magnificent thing, <player>! You've done it! The fossil collection... is complete! A splendid achievement! Well done, my dear owlet! Well done, indeed! I trust we can rely on your unfailing patronage! Our fate is in your hands!"

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, when the fossil collection is completed, Blathers will exclaim "Hoo hoo! What, the final fossil? Impossible...but true! Oh, and if I may be a little dated, may I just say that I really dig your devotion to fossils? Because I most certainly do. Thanks for your commitment."

The Roost[edit]

Main article: The Roost

Brewster's cafe, the Roost, is on the first floor of the museum. It first appeared in Wild World and appeared again in City Folk; it also appears in New Leaf but as a Public Works Project, outside of the Museum and is now called The Roost Cafe. Brewster sells coffee for 200 Bells. On Valentine's Day, Brewster sells hot chocolate. If the player makes friends with Brewster by buying coffee for seven days, he will store gyroids for the player. This, however, is only in City Folk and he will store only store one of each kind of gyroid. On Saturday nights, from 8pm to midnight, K. K. Slider will perform one song for the player, which they can then play in their home on a stereo.

The Observatory[edit]

Main article: Observatory
Celeste runs the observatory, featured in Wild World and City Folk. In the observatory the player can create, change, or delete constellations, or just view them using the telescope. The player can also check the top viewing times of the constellations he/she has created. The observatory is absent from and is replaced by the museum shop in New Leaf.
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