If you’ve ever wanted to know the origin of the video-game, Frisco, Texas has just the ticket. This one-of-a-kind museum offers more than 25 years of collecting video-game memorabilia consisting of over 100,000 video-game consoles, games, and artifacts. The National Video-game Museum is officially open and ready to take you on a digital journey. A fully interactive experience makes a visit here perfect for the whole family with 10,000 square feet and over 20 displays.
As you walk in, there is a huge display of past and current gaming systems along with screens, each projecting a different image of a game or program that has significant value to the museum and history of the gaming revolution.
Start your visit with a photo of a life size Mario from one of the most popular games of all time, Super Mario Brothers!
Then head over to the larger than life Pong game that literally takes both hands to play on a 15-foot TV replica. Originally released in 1972, this is a flashback for those who grew up in the days of the original Atari.
Want to play more Atari games? No problem! The museum has an entire Atari station with just about any game your inner child desires.
The Head-to-Head Hall sits below a giant, hand painted mural, and is where you can compete with friends in gaming tournaments. These can include gaming favorites and perhaps feature games you never heard of! With over 12,000 options, this row of games will change frequently.
One of my favorite’s was the fully reconstructed 1980s bedroom and living room! I was transported back to my youth by this display! From the 80s tunes playing on the radio to the wood-framed television set and tacky patterned sofa this area of the museum serves as a time capsule to childhood!
The highlight for most folks will be the Pixel Dreams 1980s inspired arcade that is full of those beloved, classic games such as Centipede, Asteroids, Mrs. Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. Stay and play for hours if you choose! There are certainly enough games to occupy an afternoon!
Other attractions of the museum include The Timeline of consoles with more than 50 past and present gaming consoles as well as the evolution of controllers. Rare artifacts are displayed throughout the museum including limited editions and prototypes never before seen by most!
I received free admission to the museum in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Location: 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Ste 300, Frisco 75034
Admission: $12 general admission, $10 for children ages 10 and under, teachers, military, and seniors (with valid ID). Parking is free.
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm