Monterey Bay Aquarium is Using Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Museum in a Unique Way

Monterey Bay Aquarium is Using Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Museum in a Unique Way

All the info makes my heart flutter (hoo).

Many museums are closed right now, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons provides a fix of sorts. Blathers' museum is one of the first major buildings unlocked over the course of New Horizons, and yesterday, some staff of the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted a guided tour of sorts through it.

The aquarium is currently closed to the public, but it's still airing livestreams of its facilities as the penguins are fed, which I cannot recommend enough. But staffers have also been hosting play-along sessions of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. As one of the hosts of yesterday's segment notes, it's a good way for museum aficionados to get their fill.

Exploring the island, fishing, and digging for fossils with knowledgeable people is already fascinating, but yesterday, two Monterey Bay staffers were joined by Emily Graslie of the Field Museum. The trio explored Blathers' museum, discussing the layout of the displays, and the accuracy of the building in regards to real-life museums, all while sprinkling in some neat facts about different exhibits.

Museums are rad, and in lieu of being able to explore one in real life, this stream is an absolute joy to watch as three knowledgeable people discuss genetic markers and ammonites. Video games have a history of providing interactive learning experiences, from early "edutainment" games to Assassin Creed's Discovery Tour, not to mention the educational content developed for Minecraft, which is currently available free for those with kids stuck at home right now.

The COVID-19 pandemic makes getting out to a museum or aquarium difficult, but at least through venues like this, curious minds can learn even more about the world around themselves. Also, if someone else is guiding the tour, Blathers won't have to venture into the bug wing. It's a winning situation for all parties involved.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is open to donations, to help with the lack of ticket revenue during the ongoing pandemic. You can find the page to donate here.

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