So apparently in Nagasaki -- the place that was nuked in WWII (not Hiroshima, the other place) -- there's a theme park, a la Disneyland or Universal Studios, that has a middle-age European motif to it. Called "Huis Ten Bosch" and built like a Holland town, the place was opened in 1992 and this July, they will be opening a new video game museum.
While Japan does have its share of modest video game museums -- honestly, you'd think they'd have more -- it looks like this upcoming one will be the largest and most extensive. While most Japanese game museums are privately owned venues that display relics from video game past, or are actually stores that seem like museums, the new upcoming game museum looks to focus on the entirety of video game history, including the future. Several video game companies will be contributing not only your staple retro games and arcade classics, but also current games and info, as well as demos for upcoming games and in-development technology.
The museum will allow free admittance, but some of the attractions within will be for pay -- a real life free-to-play model. Aside from the new game museum, there will also be a separate new Taiko Drum Master attraction that will incorporate 3D projection mapping on an 11m by 53m wall. Both will be opening on July 5.
It's kind of unfortunate that the coolest game museum in Japan is going to be located so far from Tokyo, but if I'm ever in the area, that's one place to check out.
ゲームミュージアム in HUIS TEN BOSCH [ハウステンボスリゾート]