Frisco’s National Video Game Museum Features Decades-Old Consoles Found in Atari, Nintendo Dumpsters and More

FRISCO, Texas (KDAF) – Of all the places in the United States, Frisco is fortunate to be home to the National Videogame Museum – home to thousands of video games, old consoles, consoles that never made it to the shelves stores and more. The museum started as a dream for a group of children from New York.

The folks behind the National Videogame Museum printed their own tokens for their 80s-style arcade.

“We call this National Video Game Museum 1.0,” said National Video Game Museum founder John Hardie. “First iteration – we hope one day there will be a 2.0 in a much larger space.”

But Museum 1.0 is a major step in the right direction after its partners traveled the country several times to share their knowledge and collectibles.

Hardie said he and his partners used to find game consoles and cartridges in dumpsters behind Atari, Nintendo and more.

“My partners and I started one of the first video game conventions in Las Vegas in 1999. The museum was an important part of what became its own thing. We took that on the road and became a traveling museum doing four to five shows a year. At one such trade show, we ran into a gentleman who was, at the time, moving his offices to Frisco. He suggested I meet the city. Long story short, that’s how we got to Frisco.

Using their space in the Frisco Discovery Center, Hardie and his team painted the walls with themed artwork by local artists, installed a giant version of the hit Atari Pong game, and an 80s-style arcade.

Visitors can play rare and retro video games at the Museum.

“It’s a proof of concept – it was about using as many things and space as possible while still being educational, fun and interactive.”

The attention to detail throughout the museum is remarkable as visitors can find hidden Easter eggs and retro surprises.

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