The National Videogame Museum is the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to videogames with a mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret videogames for everyone. Forever.
Located in Sheffield city centre, it features over 100 playable exhibits, from retro arcade machines to modern games consoles, alongside unique exhibitions. The family-friendly Museum allows visitors to explore the history and culture of videogames spanning 50 years through expertly curated displays featured in both permanent and seasonal exhibitions.
Star objects on display shine a spotlight on gaming culture and history, while children and adults alike can discover the importance of videogame preservation through playable exhibits. Play arcade classics like Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, battle it out between old rivals Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, or join family and friends in a variety of multiplayer games. Work together or compete with favourites like Track & Field, Rockband,
or Sheffield’s own party game Gang Beasts or even discover games made exclusively for the NVM like Super Snowball Fight Party, a six-player game created by the Museum’s own creative engineer!
Sheffield’s strong game heritage is also celebrated in the Museum, hosting games from the city and surrounding Yorkshire areas. Favourites include Sumo Digital’s Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing, Gremlin Graphics’ Zool and Team 17’s Worms.
Alongside weekly openings throughout the year, the Museum is open every day during the school holidays, where visitors can enjoy additional drop-in workshops developed by the NVM’s award winning Learning Team. From designing a videogame character to programming a mini-robot, the activities are both fun and varied!
The National Videogame Museum also welcomes school trips that include optional STEAM based activities and workshops, while birthday parties and private hires are also popular events available for bookings.
The NVM has step-free access and is all on one floor, making it accessible for all wheelchair users, while ear defenders are also available on request for visitors with audio sensitivities.
Come Play The Museum – perfect for videogame fans and those interested in its culture of all ages.
Buy tickets using the online portal below. Walk-ins are also welcome but we advise pre-booking during our busier times.
Thursday – Friday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Under 18’s: £9
Under 5’s: Free
Family Ticket: £38
By Train: The NVM is a short 8-minute walk from the train station.
By Tram: Castle Square is the nearest tram stop to the NVM, it’s about a 30-second walk from the entrance.
By Bus: We’re right in Sheffield city centre so we’re easy to reach by bus. Use Travel South Yorkshire journey planner to help you get here.
The NVM has step-free access from Angel Street and is all on one floor, which means that the entire Museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
The Museum is loud and it can be an overwhelming experience for those with sensory sensitivity. We do provide free ear defenders at reception, which when worn will reduce the noise to enjoy the museum.
The quietest times to visit the Museum are midweek in term time (1 pm – 4 pm) or Sunday afternoon sessions (2 pm-5 pm).
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