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International Museum Day 2021: Where To Find Stamp Stations & Rewards

International Museum Day is a limited-time holiday event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) taking place in the island’s museum during the second half of May! Learn where to find Stamp Stations and how to get all of the rewards in this guide.

This event was implemented for 2021 with the Version 1.10 April Update released on April 28th, 2021 and you’ll need to have updated your copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to experience the event.

International Museum Day Event Start Date & Time

The International Museum Day event for 2021 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons starts on May 18th, 2021 running for almost two full weeks until May 31st, 2021! In 2020, this event ran on the same dates, but is no longer available on Version 1.10 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You cannot time travel backwards to it.

Unlike some other recent holiday events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the May Day event is not time-locked and can be immediately accessed in advance through time travel if you choose.

How To Play International Museum Day

When the International Museum Day event begins on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there will be a morning announcement from Isabelle sharing the news of a Stamp Rally on the behalf of Blathers! After this announcement, you can start the event’s activities by heading to your Museum and speaking to Blathers.

He’ll tell you all about International Museum Day and how his establishment is holding an exciting Stamp Rally to celebrate the occasion! If you don’t talk to Blathers, you won’t be able to collect any stamps yet.

How To Get Stamps For Your Stamp Card

Once you’ve spoken to Blathers and gotten the low down on the event, you can begin collecting stamps by touring your Museum’s galleries. Each exhibit including Fish, Bugs, Fossils, and Art has three handy Stamp Stations in the gallery bearing an owl logo.

Simply walk up to one of these carts inside the Museum to open up your Stamp Card for that section and press A to fill out one of the spots with a stamp! Every stamp card has three unique stamps to collect — one for each of the stations within the exhibit.

Once you’ve visited and collected 3 stamps from each station in a single exhibit, your Stamp Card for that gallery for the day will be completed allowing you to a receive a prize for that exhibit.

You can head back to Blathers in the Museum foyer and speak with him to claim your event prizes for completing each card whenever you wish — either after finishing a single card or saving up all four at once.

After you complete all 4 stamp cards, with 12 stamps in total, that’s all of the event activities International Museum Day has to offer for the day. It can be completed in as little as five to ten minutes giving you all of the available event rewards. It’s a super easy event!

What Happens On Subsequent Days During The Event

But what about the next day afterwards, or the rest of the 14-day long International Museum Day event? The good news is that unlike the May Day event earlier this month, this event doesn’t completely disappear after you’ve done it once and it can be repeated on later days.

When you speak to Blathers on a subsequent day during the event period, he’ll inform you that a Stamp Rally is being held at the Museum again. However the stamp stations listed on your Stamp Cards, and therefore the locations you’ll need to visit, will change every day.

That means you’ll need to go hunting again and can’t simply repeat the exact same locations where you found stamp stations last time. On the bright side, a particular station will always reappear in the same spot, so when you see the same name repeated you can remember where it was found previously.

Sadly, when you complete the Stamp Rally on subsequent days during the event, you will only receive duplicates of the exact same items! There are no further unique rewards to get during International Museum Day, besides the first four on Day 1, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Event Rewards For International Museum Day

There are four different reward items you can get by collecting stamps and completing the Stamp Rally during 2021’s International Museum Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Each of the four main exhibits in the Museum offers a unique reward.

During the 2021 version of International Museum Day, the event has been updated to introduce a new Art Plaque item reward and increase the sell value of all plaques to encourage repeat playthroughs.

Fish Plaque

The Fish Plaque is a wall-mounted furniture item unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after completing the Stamp Rally for the Fish Gallery during International Museum Day. It sells for 2,500 Bells and cannot be customized or used as a doorplate.

Bug Plaque

The Bug Plaque is a wall-mounted furniture item unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after completing the Stamp Rally for the Bug Gallery during International Museum Day. It sells for 2,500 Bells and cannot be customized or used as a doorplate.

Fossil Plaque

The Fossil Plaque is a wall-mounted furniture item unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after completing the Stamp Rally for the Fossil Gallery during International Museum Day. It sells for 2,500 Bells and cannot be customized or used as a doorplate.

Art Plaque

The Art Plaque is a wall-mounted furniture item unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after completing the Stamp Rally for the Art Gallery during International Museum Day in 2021. It sells for 2,500 Bells and cannot be customized or used as a doorplate.

Stamp Station Locations In The Museum (Walkthrough)

We’ve discovered many different Stamp Stations hidden so far throughout the Museum as part of the Stamp Rally! Learn all of the locations below and where to find them, although only three will be randomly chosen every day to be displayed in each exhibit. Please note this section is a work-in-progress.

Art Gallery

There are 4 different possible stamp stations to find in the Art Gallery during International Museum Day in 2021! After collecting three stamps in the Art Exhibit, talk to Blathers to receive a prize and a Completion Stamp in the bottom right of your Art Stamp Card.

Art From The East Stamp Spot

From the Art Gallery entrance, walk all the way right up a small set of stairs and find the Art From The East stamp spot against the south wall towards the end of the room.

Art From The West Stamp Spot

From the Art Gallery entrance, walk up north past the first set of stairs, then walk all the way right up a second set of stairs until you find the Art From The West stamp spot next to a bench.

Baroque Gallery Stamp Spot

From the Art Gallery entrance, head all the way to the most northern area of the room and find the Baroque Gallery stamp spot against the wall on the left. You will need to climb three sets of stairs to get here.

Sculpture Exhibit Stamp Spot

From the Art Gallery entrance, head straight up through the statues exhibit and find the Sculpture Exhibit stamp spot against the wall on the right.

Fossils Gallery

There are 7 different possible stamp stations to find in the Fossils Gallery during International Museum Day! After collecting all three stamps in the Fossils Exhibit, talk to Blathers to receive a prize and a Completion Stamp in the bottom right of your Fossils Stamp Card.

Aquatic Reptiles Stamp Spot

From the Fossils Gallery entrance, head straight into the second room. You’ll find the Aquatic Reptiles Stamp Station on the left side of the room.

Cenozoic Stamp Spot

From the Fossils Gallery entrance, head straight into the second room, then right into a third room. Inside that room, keep heading right to find the Cenozoic Stamp Station in front of the Sabertooth Tiger.

Extinction (Stamp) Spot

From the Fossils Gallery entrance, head straight into the second room. You’ll find the Extinction Spot Stamp Station towards the middle bottom of the room.

Mollusks/Arthropods Stamp Spot

Possibly the easiest one to find in the entire International Museum Day event, the Mollusks/Arthropods Stamp Station can be found immediately to the left of the Fossils Gallery entrance.

Pterosaurs Stamp Spot

From the Fossils Gallery entrance, head straight into the second room. You’ll find the Pterosaurs Stamp Station on the left side of the room in front of the stairs upwards.

Synapsids Stamp Spot

From the Fossils Gallery entrance, head straight into the second room. Then walk directly to the right and you’ll find the Synapsids Stamp Station next to the Juramaia display.

Vertebrates Stamp Spot

Another super easy find, the Vertebrates Stamp Station can be found immediately to the left of the Fossils Gallery entrance.

Fish Gallery

There are 9 different possible stamp stations to find in the Fish Gallery during International Museum Day! After collecting three stamps in the Fish Exhibit, talk to Blathers to receive a prize and a a Completion Stamp in the bottom right of your Bugs Stamp Card.

Abyss Stamp Spot

From the Fish Gallery entrance, walk all the way to the right until you reach the passageway into another room. Inside the next room, continue walking as far as you can to the right until you reach downward stairs.

At the bottom of the stairs near some scuba diving equipment, you will find the Abyss Station.

Big River Stamp Spot

Walk straight to the right from the Fish Gallery entrance until you reach a large 3 sided fish tank where the Big River Stamp Station can be found.

Coral Reef Stamp Spot
Headwaters Stamp Spot

Walk straight along the top edge to the right from the Fish Gallery entrance until you reach the end of the ramp where the Headwaters Stamp Station can be found.

Icy Sea Stamp Spot
Serenity Tank Stamp Spot

Immediately south from the Fish Gallery entrance, you can find the Serenity Tank Stamp Station in front of a tank.

The Coast Stamp Spot

From the Fish Gallery entrance, walk straight north into the next room. The Coast Stamp Station can be found just to the right in front of the tank.

The Deep Stamp Spot

Walk straight to the right from the Fish Gallery entrance until you enter the next room. Inside the room, head forward slightly and then north towards the massive tank where you will find The Deep Stamp Station in front.

The Pond Stamp Spot

Bugs Gallery

There are 11 different possible stamp stations to find in the Bugs Gallery during International Museum Day! After collecting all three stamps in the Bugs Exhibit, talk to Blathers to receive a prize and a Completion Stamp in the bottom right of your Bugs Stamp Card.

Bug Farms Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, take an immediate turn north and keep going until you reach the large tree. Then turn left and go through the doorway into another room.

Once inside the next room, walk up the stairs and to the left to find the Bug Farms Stamp Station.

Butterfly Garden Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, walk straight forward across the bottom edge of the room and go through the doorway at the end. Inside the next room, you’ll find the Butterfly Garden Stamp Station at the bottom in front of a fountain.

Coconut Corner Stamp Spot

Find this Stamp Station in the top left of the first Bugs Gallery room, just below the wooden stairs ramp over the water.

Dragonfly Bridge Stamp Spot

Find this Stamp Station in the top left of the first Bugs Gallery room, on the wooden bridge that sits over a waterfall.

Giant Tree Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, take an immediate turn north and keep going until you reach the large tree. You’ll find the Giant Tree Stamp Station in the top right corner of this tree.

Hiding Bugs Stamp Spot
Quiet Bench Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, walk straight until you reach a large set of stairs upwards to the north. Walk up the stairs and find the Quiet Bench Stamp Station to the left in front of a bench.

Shady Path Stamp Spot
Singing Forest Stamp Spot
Sun-Peek Path Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, take an immediate turn north and then briefly to the left. You’ll find the Sun-Peek Path Stamp Station at the bottom of the stairs.

The Lab Stamp Spot

From the Bugs Gallery entrance, take an immediate turn north and keep going until you reach the large tree. Then turn left and go through the doorway into another room.

Once inside the next room, walk up the stairs and to the right to find The Lab Stamp Station.

Frequently Asked Questions For International Museum Day

We’ve compiled the answers to a few commonly asked questions you might have about the International Museum Day event below. Let us know in the comments below if you have any suggestions to add!

Will There More Stamps To Find Every Day?

Yes! Each and every day during the International Museum Day event period from May 18th to 30th, there will be a new Stamp Rally held by Blathers for collecting three more stamps in each gallery. However, the same repeated rewards will be given by him daily, so this is only good if you want more Plaques!

Is There A Prize For Completing The Stamp Rally On Every Day?

As far as we know so far, there are no additional prizes or rewards for completing the Stamp Rally every single day during the event, besides getting duplicates of the Fish, Bug, Fossil, and Art Plaques. Sorry to disappoint!

Can You Customize The Museum Plaque Items?

Unfortunately, the Fish, Bug, Fossil, and Art Plaques cannot be customized at a DIY Crafting workbench. There’s only one default design available for each item. That’s a shame because we’d love to see alternative colors or different types of wood — it’d certainly increase the value of these items.

Can You Use The Museum Plaque Items As Doorplates?

Sadly, the Fish, Bug, Fossil, and Art Plaques cannot be used as a decorative doorplate for your house. Honestly, we don’t understand why this is the case because these items would make a fantastic door decoration, but that’s how it is.

What Do The Museum Plaque Items Sell For At Nook’s Cranny?

The Fish, Bug, Fossil, and Art Plaques can be sold for 2,500 Bells each to Timmy & Tommy at the Nook’s Cranny shop — or 10,000 Bells for the entire set. That’s actually a significant increase introduced in the Version 1.10 Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Last year, we actually criticized the original sell price of just 300 Bells in this guide for being ridiculously low, so we’re glad to see that Nintendo does listen to player feedback from time to time!

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