The BGI launched the NVM in Sheffield on 24th November and has sold out its first two weekends.
We also had around 200 people attend our launch party on Friday night, including patrons such as Ian Livingstone, Carl Cavers, Kath Bidwell, Paul Porter, Ian Stewart and Jas Purewal, games developers like Boneloaf and (who are also exhibiting in the museum), great and good from Sheffield, and lots of new friends from the cultural sector in the city.
The Museum was buzzing over our first two weekends, with over 1,000 visitors, lovely feedback, a lot of media coverage including BBC TV live broadcasts through Friday evening, and back to back interviews for the BGI’s Director of Culture Iain Simons and the BGI’s chairman Ian Livingstone.
We had lovely reviews from visitors:
“Really enjoyed visiting on opening day. Came with my 5 year old. Liked the ‘themed’ stations of games, my daughter particularly enjoyed the music games like Electroplankton.” (Joe Boynton)
“Had a great day out at @nvmuk! Will defo be back soon!” (Lucas Holt)
“I only went to accompany my daughter but I really enjoyed myself. Loved the dance game although I wasn’t very good and playing Pac-Man and Space invaders. Nice cafe and clean toilets. Very spacious. Gift shop. Just what we need in Sheffield for retro gamers. Stayed for three hours but time flew by. Will definitely go again.” (Rosemary Clarke)
We had a particularly lovely reaction from a mother of an autistic child who said it was “the best day of his life.” She couldn’t believe that the NVM developed his favourite game, Super Snowball Fight Party.
Have you visited the NVM yet? Come and #PlaytheMuseum!