During the pandemic I went on a virtual date with a guy through a digital museum tour. It was just as Animal Crossing: New Horizons had come out and while we were playing the game I made a passing comment about going to a real museum when shit calmed down. Then the next date we went on, he pulled up a link to digital museum tour. It was very cute, and I’d never done something like that before. However, maybe things would’ve worked out differently if we’d gone on a digital museum tour that was about the Pokemon universe instead of the boring real one. That’s now possible, as the Pokemon Company has put out a digital tour of the Pokemon Fossil Museum exhibit that’s happening in Japan for those of us without passports or funds to fly across the planet.
The attraction has all the things you’d expect at a regular museum, but based on characters and Pokemon species from the series. As soon as you walk in, the first thing you see is a mock-up of a Tyrantrum skeleton, which owns. As you move further through, there are different areas with sculptures made of other ancient Pokemon, fossils that have been in-game staples as far back as Pokemon Red & Blue, and in-universe descriptions of all the exhibits.
Unfortunately, it’s all in Japanese, so if you can’t read it, you’ll be missing out on half the experience. But as I move through it now, the sculptures and little nods to lore that I can see are making me wish I could go in person. But a digital tour is a nice alternative. Not to mention cheaper than flying to Japan on a whim.
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