The National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The UK's national cultural centre for videogames, The National Videogame Museum is on a mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret videogames for everyone. At our Museum in Sheffield, you'll find an interactive museum dedicated to exploring the culture, playfulness, design and people behind videogames, as well as encouraging visitors to develop their own game-making abilities. The Museum is split into several exhibition and play areas and now boasts over 100 playable exhibits! Whether you’re a die hard gamer, someone with an appreciation for games culture, or even a non-gamer, visiting the NVM is a must! Perfect for all ages, families and friends, you're sure to have an amazing day out at the UK's only museum dedicated to videogames! Open every day during the school holidays!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sherpa03060012505
    1 contribution
    Amazing Day At NVM
    the museum is amazing to put it lightly, it’s a unique experience being able to play so many games all in one room and is truly fun for all the family, as you’re bound to find a game that will give you nostalgia. the queues for games weren’t long at all as most people were considerate. personally, i loved and enjoyed my time here, and would recommend anyone who is thinking about visiting, to go.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Lewis
    Driffield, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Brilliant fun
    Absolutely fantastic. I came here with a friend after coming across it on the street and had a brilliant time. The staff were extremely polite and informative and there is an expansive selection of games on offer that are fully available to use. Everything from 80s arcades to Rock band 3 is there and I will definitely be visiting again soon. Discount for students is great too, would recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 June 2023
  • April N
    2 contributions
    Brilliant family afternoon
    Decided to visit as we are in holiday with game mad children. Really good value for money and big selection to play with, lots of kids crowd pleasers and many unique games to explore too. Great value for money. They also had a creative section where we got to use some coding robots which we alp loved. Big thanks to staff member Amy who helped us with that. Really friendly and kind soul. Didn't even bat an eyelid to my son's meltdown. Although we parked nearby at NPC carpark and the price was eye watering!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Mr Brown
    Bingley, United Kingdom73 contributions
    Good but a little expensive for what it is.
    Visited the museum with my 12 year old son who loved it. 2-3 hours was about right. Think it's slightly overpriced for what it is and thought the museum element could have been alot better as the old consoles are just in cabinets and I don't think many if the younger visitors saw them.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mark B
    3 contributions
    Brilliant place
    Like you've been transported into the past. Brilliant experience. Staff friendly, spacious room and filled with nostalgia. Great for kids and also adults who want to reminisce. Highly recommend.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • technojet
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    Amazing experience and visit
    This is an amazing place to really see some gems of video game history. They have a setup of all different systems from the past with really good fun for everyone. It can get quite busy but there's a lot of stations so generally you get to see and play on everything you want with a small queue on some of the more popular items. Highly recommend it for the whole family.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Cora Visits Places
    Glasgow, United Kingdom177 contributions
    Worth a visit - but more of an arcade than a museum
    Had to come here when we were visiting Sheffield because my boyfriend loves videogames. We really enjoyed our visit (I reckon we could have stayed much longer). That said it is less of a museum and more like an arcade with some funky arrangement and some wee exhibited pieces. It is just one room, maybe not as sleek as some other museum, but the items on display and the information was interesting. The best was of Lumino city, which was very cool to see the wee sets and then see them in action. The staff/volunteers were very helpful too, even showing me how to take a photo with a gameboy which I didn't know was possible. The only complaint is that the Guitar Hero is badly in need of replacement. My boyfriend even tried to alter the settings but it still isn't very reactive, which is especially a shame for young visitors who probably think they are bad at the game when actually it just doesn't function well. I would recommend they get a replacement if they can afford one.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • RebeccaB
    Northampton, United Kingdom119 contributions
    Great for gamers.
    Great place to visit if you enjoy old arcade games like Donkey Kong! Plenty to do with a huge range of games to play, space invaders, guitar hero, PacMan and Sonic for example. Arrive at the beginning of a session and you get 3 hours to play. Only issue is if you are just watching there are not many places to sit. Great for a wet day.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Adam I
    4 contributions
    Loads of games to play
    It was very fun, interactive, loads of games to play, wasn't too busy so had shots on everything. Great to have lockers for bags & jackets. 50p. I liked viewfinder the best I have heard of it so was amazing to get a shot. Mum liked the arcade games 🕹
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 February 2024
  • cloudnine83
    72 contributions
    Loved it!
    What a great place! Was a bit nervous as some reviews made it sound very different, ok it's not very museum like in some ways, there are some great display cases and definitely light on the text but the games themselves tell a story and pleased the space invader, dizzy and Minecraft generation all at once. Probably not for anyone sniffy about games because it is a get stuck in place. There were loads of options, driving games, dancing games, 4 player pacman, a BBC computer in the corner, some avant garde ones plus all the favourites and all really easy to pick up and try. No waiting when we went, staff were helpful and keeping a keen eye out for any error messages to keep the show on the road. We enjoyed a couple of hours but could have enjoyed more time or another visit. Thanks very much for making this spectrum gamer very happy!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 February 2024
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cloudnine83
Bristol72 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
What a great place! Was a bit nervous as some reviews made it sound very different, ok it's not very museum like in some ways, there are some great display cases and definitely light on the text but the games themselves tell a story and pleased the space invader, dizzy and Minecraft generation all at once. Probably not for anyone sniffy about games because it is a get stuck in place. There were loads of options, driving games, dancing games, 4 player pacman, a BBC computer in the corner, some avant garde ones plus all the favourites and all really easy to pick up and try. No waiting when we went, staff were helpful and keeping a keen eye out for any error messages to keep the show on the road. We enjoyed a couple of hours but could have enjoyed more time or another visit. Thanks very much for making this spectrum gamer very happy!
Written 14 February 2024
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Adam I
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
It was very fun, interactive, loads of games to play, wasn't too busy so had shots on everything. Great to have lockers for bags & jackets. 50p. I liked viewfinder the best I have heard of it so was amazing to get a shot. Mum liked the arcade games 🕹
Written 11 February 2024
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Hannah
10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
More of an arcade than a museum. If you love old video games then this is probably a great place to visit, if not give it a miss.
There is no really history or information just a room full of video games. We had a fun hour but then the non gamers started to get a little bored. It has loads of potential but needs improvement.
A cafe would be great as there was no where to get a drink or something to eat and it’s not a great area of Sheffield.
Staff were brilliant, a hit with the gamers in our family.
Written 28 December 2023
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Christopher S
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Right I cannot fault the free play games. Variety could be a little more. As I visited in 2019 and it doesn't seem to have innovated further since then. Seemed to be a little more items of retro nostalgia behind glass cases etc, but I found staff with little engagement towards patrons. I hoped to be wowed with Gaming History and facts. All it seemed was themselves behind reception taking admittance /bookings. No geeking out with console wars or nostalgic games and consoles with the patrons. I'd hoped for engagement with someone who is as infatuated with all levels of gaming: old and new as I am, however upon engaging with a member of staff, who should know their knowledge of consoles as working in a gaming museum, sadly they didn't even know what a "Philips CDI 210" was which I found quite disturbing to say they work in a retro gaming museum and replied "have never heard of it". It's a museum, I get to ask better questions and get better answers regarding history from a person who volunteers in National Trust. Your being sponsored by a lot of the greats like: Playstation, Bethesda and The Oliver Twins, plus many more. I think you could do much more. Leeds Arcade I'm sorry to say blows you out the park, and they are not even considered a "Museum"
Written 5 December 2023
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stevehill19812022
Walsall, UK2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
I'll caveat this review by saying that I was a regular visitor to the NVM's previous location in Nottingham (when it was the National Videogame Archive), and I would frequently travel more than an hour each way to get there. Based on my experience in Sheffield, one visit is plenty - if not more than enough.

Starting with the location: this part of Sheffield is an absolute *dump*. We parked in the nearby Q-Park (which is extortionately priced, as is the NCP car park). Food options in the area are a Wetherspoons, a KFC (which appears to be halfway through an abandoned renovation) and a Subway. If this was an up-and-coming area, I'd say it's actually been and gone.

The museum itself is now MUCH smaller than the previous site, it's only open Thursday through Sunday, and closes entirely over the lunch period; there's nowhere inside to get food or drinks (the Nottingham site had a board game cafe where you could pause for a break).

Even the available exhibits are incredibly limited; there's a few systems to play with, but there's very little in the way of educational information about anything, really. Knowing what I do about the history of the British video game industry, having lived through the majority of it, I was disappointed to see all of the opportunities the museum missed to truly tell the story of how it all started and how we got to where we are today. It just comes across as really bland.

We have a rich history in the UK, and whilst many of the former studios that made our industry great have been absorbed into multinational conglomerates, there are still people around who would be more than willing to tell those stories. There was almost nothing about Ocean, US Gold, Codemasters, Elite, Acorn (the BBC Micro, etc), Sinclair, Imagine, Bullfrog (Syndicate/Theme Park), Sensible Software (Sensible Soccer/Cannon Fodder), Psygnosis (creators of Lemmings and Shadow of the Beast), DMA Design (now Rockstar, creators of GTA). There was even the missed opportunity in the text adventures section to talk about Zenobi Software, who were true legends back in the day. There was nothing about magazines such as CU Amiga, ZZAP!, Your Sinclair, Crash!, or about any of the editors or publishers that made them great. Perhaps there's just not enough space, but surely that could be resolved with just a little extra effort and funding.

Maybe I'm being unfair, but the NVM doesn't feel like a curated experience, and I'm not sure it was worth the entrance fee. If not for the kids' birthday party, there'd have been fewer than 10 people in the museum, and 3 of those were staff.
Written 21 November 2023
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RebeccaB
Northampton, UK119 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Great place to visit if you enjoy old arcade games like Donkey Kong! Plenty to do with a huge range of games to play, space invaders, guitar hero, PacMan and Sonic for example. Arrive at the beginning of a session and you get 3 hours to play. Only issue is if you are just watching there are not many places to sit. Great for a wet day.
Written 20 November 2023
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Lorenzo W
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
No Defender! No Robotron! No Asteroids! No Galaxian! No Centipede! No Millipede! No Joust! No Scrambler! No pin ball! No Dig Dugg! No Smash TV! No Binatone! No classic arcasdd games here unfortunately. Things worth playing: Bust-a-Move, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong , Phoenix & Load Runner.

The 12 different Space Invaders through the ages was a nice touch, otherwise museum probably set up by 30-40 yr olds with no real perception of the vintage history of video games as these were lacking. My 17yr old was disappointed too as there was nothing that appealed to him. If you're in the 25-45 age group you might find something appealing. Need to emulate the vintage games if they can't get them in
Written 5 October 2023
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Cora Visits Places
Glasgow, UK177 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Had to come here when we were visiting Sheffield because my boyfriend loves videogames. We really enjoyed our visit (I reckon we could have stayed much longer).

That said it is less of a museum and more like an arcade with some funky arrangement and some wee exhibited pieces. It is just one room, maybe not as sleek as some other museum, but the items on display and the information was interesting. The best was of Lumino city, which was very cool to see the wee sets and then see them in action.

The staff/volunteers were very helpful too, even showing me how to take a photo with a gameboy which I didn't know was possible.

The only complaint is that the Guitar Hero is badly in need of replacement. My boyfriend even tried to alter the settings but it still isn't very reactive, which is especially a shame for young visitors who probably think they are bad at the game when actually it just doesn't function well. I would recommend they get a replacement if they can afford one.
Written 21 September 2023
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technojet
London, UK49 contributions
Aug 2023
This is an amazing place to really see some gems of video game history. They have a setup of all different systems from the past with really good fun for everyone. It can get quite busy but there's a lot of stations so generally you get to see and play on everything you want with a small queue on some of the more popular items. Highly recommend it for the whole family.
Written 31 August 2023
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Mark B
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Like you've been transported into the past. Brilliant experience. Staff friendly, spacious room and filled with nostalgia. Great for kids and also adults who want to reminisce. Highly recommend.
Written 31 August 2023
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