Animal Crossing International Museum Day 2021: Stamp rally and plaque rewards in New Horizons explained

Blathers is certainly having fun.

International Museum Day is dedicated to celebrating the beautiful museums across the world and, like May Day, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is joining the festivities with it's own holiday event.

Blathers is running a stamp rally at the Museum and, by exploring the galleries, you'll be able to find a variety of stamp stations.

For every stamp collection you complete, Blathers will reward you with a special plaque that you can use to decorate your house.

If you completed the Stamp Rally in 2020, you can use this as an opportunity to add more plaques to your collection, along with the Art Plaque, which, due to the Art Gallery not being in-game at the time, was unavailable last year.

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How to start International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

If you want to celebrate Museum Day in New Horizons, then you, of course, need to head to the Museum.

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Have a chat with Blathers once you arrive and he'll tell you that the Museum is running a stamp rally to celebrate this event.

In the Art, Bug, Fossil and Fish galleries you'll be able to find three stamp stations and, once you've collected all three stamps from a gallery, you'll earn yourself a cool reward.

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You can partake and complete the stamp rally without having to open the art gallery for the museum, but you won't be able to earn the reward for the Art Gallery's stamp rally.

All you have to do now is explore the museum and collect those stamps.

Stamp rally station locations for International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

For the stamp rally, Blathers has placed three stamp stations in the Art, Bug, Fish and Fossil galleries for you to find. To complete the International Museum Day event in New Horizons, you need to find all nine stamp stations and collect their various stamps.

Each gallery has a number of different locations for these three stamp stations, so make sure you explore each gallery carefully. Thankfully, the stamp stations are hard to miss.

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Within the works of art you've managed to uncover from Redd's black market dealings, you'll find three stamp stations. Here are some of there possible locations:

  • Sculpture Exhibit
  • Art from the West
  • Art from the East
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The Sculpture Exhibit, Art from the West and Art from the East stamp station locations.

Make sure you check the multiple level main room of the Bug gallery, so that you don't miss a stamp station. These possible stamp rally locations include:

  • Coconut Corner
  • Shady Path
  • Giant Tree
  • Hiding Bugs
  • The Lab
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The Coconut Corner, Shady Path and Giant Tree stamp station locations.

The stamp stations in the Fish gallery will be placed near the various tanks that make up the exhibit. You might one of your stamp stations near these tanks:

  • The Coast
  • The Pond
  • Headwaters
  • Serenity Tank
  • Abyss
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The Coast, The Pond and Headwaters stamp station locations.

Hidden amongst the old bones of the Fossil gallery, you'll find the fossil stamp stations. Here are three of the possible five stamp station locations in the Fossil gallery:

  • Cenozoic
  • Synapsids
  • Pterosaurs
  • Aquatic Reptiles
  • Extinction Spot
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Cenozoic, Synapsids and Pterosaurs stamp station locations.

Once you've collected all three stamps for each exhibit, head back to Blathers to earn your rewards.

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International Museum Day plaque rewards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

You'll receive one reward for each International Museum stamp collection you complete in New Horizons, which means that there are a total of four rewards for you to collect.

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For every stamp collection you complete, you'll receive a copy of the plaque used to signpost the exhibit in the Museum. This means that you'll earn the Fossil Plaque for finishing the Fossil stamp collection, the Art Plaque for finishing the Art stamp collection, the Bug Plaque for the Bug stamps and the Fish Plaque from finding all the Fish gallery stamps.


New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


International Museum Day dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

The Stamp Rally for International Museum Day runs from the 18th May to 31st May. It will both start and end at 5am, which is the reset time for every island.

Presumably these dates will remain the same when International Museum Day returns in future years.

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If you want to celebrate International Museum Day, however, you must first ensure that you've downloaded the latest patch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which you should be prompted to do when you start the game.

This update contains a variety of new features, including Redd, the art gallery for the Museum and the ability to grow bushes on your island.

May 18th may be the official start for the International Museum Day celebration, but that doesn't mean you have to partake in this event on that day. Just ensure that you complete the event before it ends or you'll have to wait till next year.

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