Back in April, fellow Pokémon fans may have been delighted as I was to learn about the Pokémon-themed fossil and paleontology exhibit that was set to open this summer. Featuring Pikachu in one of its most adorable outfits to date, alongside iconic fossil Pokémon from generations past, the exhibit was created in partnership with multiple museums across Japan to educate children and adults about paleontology in an excitable, fun, and very unique way.
The exhibit is set to tour across Japan over the next couple of years and help showcase a large number of collections from each of the museums it’s teamed up with, alongside fun Pokémon-themed exhibits that tie the fossil Pokémon and ancient lore into our own, real-world ancient history. And excitingly, now that exhibit has opened, fans who aren’t able to go visit in-person can get a much better look at what the space entails!
In the video posted to the official Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel, we can get a good (and very adorable) look at some of the Pokémon elements included in the exhibit. An inflatable Pikachu mascot dressed in its new outfit greets us into the space, and we get to see fossil Pokémon from all different regions on full display—including models of Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl, as well as life-sized fossil displays of Pokémon such a Bastiodon and Tyrantrum, presented as if you were taking a tour through the Oreburgh Mining or Lumiose Museum yourself.
In an extra bit of detailed set design, you can even see plaques on the wall for both Pokémon and real-life prehistoric animals that present information and illustrations in the exact same way, as if they lived and appeared in the real world together.
If the announcement of this exhibit piqued your interest even slightly, I highly encourage you to give the video a watch. It’s only about a minute long, but definitely gives you an idea of what visitors are getting when they see it in-person—and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.