We're just about a month away from Animal Crossing: New Horizons' release, but we still don't know exactly how or if certain series staples will make their way to the deserted island that Tom Nook has—ahem—so generously sent players to. Today, though, we received confirmation that Animal Crossing's museum will return to New Horizons in some form.
Polygon spotted a mention of the museum in a product description for Future Press' official companion guide for New Horizons. There aren't many specifics, but it sounds like the museum in New Horizons is largely similar to those in past Animal Crossing games. You find specimens like fossils and the museum will provide a home for them:
Museum lovers will be in for a treat-as long as you're willing to be the one providing the exhibits! It's a hands-on approach to preservation, and every budding naturalist or palaeontologist needs a solid reference book to consult. You won't find a single specimen that's not covered here.
Since the release of Animal Crossing for the GameCube, Blathers the owl has served as the series' recurring museum director. While we've seen the Nook family and plenty of familiar Animal Crossing villagers in the New Horizons gameplay that Nintendo has released so far, we're still not sure of the role that supporting characters like Blathers will play on the island, or if they'll appear at all. Still, Nintendo has indicated that Isabelle and Mr. Resetti will make a return, so it seems likely that others will, too.
We'll likely learn more about the fate of Blathers and characters like him during the Animal Crossing-dedicated Nintendo Direct happening tomorrow, Feb. 20 at 6 a.m. PT/ 9 a.m. ET.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 20, which happens to be the same day as Doom Eternal's release—if you haven't seen them yet, the mash-ups that fans of both franchises have been making are well worth your attention.