The National Videogame Museum is the UK’s award-winning cultural centre for videogames, the only museum in the country dedicated to videogames.
35,000 people visited the Museum in Sheffield in 2019. We are proud contributors to the City’s cultural, economic and educational life, generating over £400,000 in economic impact via tourism and the local supply chain (estimate based on AIM data). We work in collaboration with many partners in the region including Create Sheffield, Learn Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield, Kollider, Game Republic and other organisations in our region and further afield including national bodies Ukie and Tiga.
The Museum houses nearly 400 exhibits including over 80 playable games spanning from the 1970s to the present day, including unreleased games still in development. Visitors can discover over 300 fascinating objects of videogames history including unique hardware, first editions, memorabilia and other treasures from our 5,000 object Collection that is housed with the University of Nottingham.
The Museum’s vision is to:
- Create unique interactive exhibitions about games culture
- Inspire thousands of schoolchildren in engaging workshops
- Reveal careers in the UK’s fastest growing creative industry
- Encourage everyone to play and make games
The National Videogame Museum first opened in 2015 as the National Videogame Arcade. It’s a games cultural centre which educates the public about what games mean, how they are made and who made them. It houses one of the largest collections of games machines, ephemera and materials in the UK, runs galleries and original exhibitions such as Monument Valley, Football Manager, 25 years of Dizzy and Jump, as well as other events. Within 3 years, the Arcade had welcomed well over 100,000 visitors through its doors in Nottingham, and won consecutive TripAdvisor awards for excellence. It moved to Sheffield and rebranded as the National Videogame Museum in November 2018 and was acquired by the BGI charity in January 2020. The NVM is on the pathway to formal museum accreditation.
Trustees closed the Museum in March 2020 to protect the public and staff at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, launching award-winning online programmes soon afterwards. A magnificent response from games companies and our community kept our organisation afloat during the spring and summer of 2020. We reopened the Museum in late August 2020 with Covid-secure, socially distanced, limited capacity experiences designed by our staff in consultation with our community, national guidelines and local health and safety regulations.
We are grateful to have been selected by the Association of Independent Museums, Art Fund and Esmee Fairbairn / Museum Association for grants for our work, including some exciting new programmes about our cultural life during lockdown (when videogames have played such an important part of our lives) and an online videogame art gallery.
Although the Museum and our wider cultural programme survived the first lockdown and against the odds continued to deliver some of our core programmes online (including winning the Best Website Activity award from Kids in Museums), we won a Culture Recovery Fund grant to secure our future in October 2020.
“An important part of UK gaming heritage” Tim White on JustGiving
“We love the NVM! Really want it to still be there after Covid-19.” Keith Bailey on JustGiving
“Such a wonderful, unique place. I’ve really enjoyed my visits and it would be devastating if others couldn’t experience the NVM in future. (Also, you guys are doing great work with the livestreams!)” Anonymous donor on JustGiving
“This MUST be kept alive considering the UKs contribution in the development of home micros and the gaming industry.” Matt Carpenter on JustGiving.