The National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas, preserves the history of the video game industry through a collection of artifacts and stories relating to the evolution of home and arcade video games.
Opened in 2016 as the permanent home to what was originally a travelling exhibit, the National Videogame Museum is a 10,000-square-foot space inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Founders John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli established the Museum to document the history of the video game industry. Exhibits tell stories of video game development, sound engineering, console design, and the progression of the industry – including its crash in the early 1980s.
Although some of the artifacts are set behind glass, the Museum encourages hands-on play with working consoles available throughout the exhibit. Home gaming systems are set up in areas replicating a 1980s family room and a teen’s bedroom. There is also an ’80s-style arcade open for play.
The National Videogame Museum complements its preservation work with educational programming and is available for school field trips and private events.