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There are a variety of prehistoric creatures in the world of Pokémon, with ancient beasts such as Aerodactyl, Lileep, and Tyrunt able to be revived through discovered fossils in various games. A franchise focused on exploring new species is a perfect match for making real-life paleontology study more fun, which is just what the Pokémon Fossil Museum is aiming for, as reported by Siliconera.



The Pokémon Company, Tokyo’s National Museum of Nature and Science, and Mikasa City Museum have teamed up to make this traveling exhibit. Excavator Pikachu is here to assist in showing off the Pokémon series’ fossil Pokémon and their real-world (yet extinct) counterparts.



According to a press release, the event will travel across Japan, with the first exhibit appearing at Mikasa City Museum in Hokkaido from July 4th until September 20th, 2021. Further exhibits are listed below, with more specific dates to be confirmed later:


  • Shimane (Autumn 2021): Shimane Prefectural Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe
  • Tokyo (Spring 2022): National Science Museum
  • Aichi (Summer 2022): Toyohashi City Museum of Natural History


There was also an official press conference for the announcement which included an appearance from Excavator Pikachu. Luckily, images and video of him and his brand new outfit has been shared on Twitter.


For those who will be in Japan, you can check out the Pokémon Fossil Museum for yourself by making a reservation online in advance.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!