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The Met joins Getty Museum in allowing New Horizons players to import real artwork

(Image credit: Nintendo / Getty Museum)

Update: New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art (known as The Met) has just announced (opens in new tab) it's making it's complete digital collection available for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players to upload to their games. The Met has adapted the code from AC Patterns (opens in new tab) which allows players to upload an image, edit it, and scan the QR code to make it available on their Switch. 

Over 406,000 images are available for your use - simply click on the "Share" icon under the image you want to use, then click the well-known Animal Crossing leaf logo. A pop-up will appear that will let you crop the image as you see fit, then generate the QR code necessary for you to scan. For a step-by-step walkthrough on how to upload custom images to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our guide here. (opens in new tab) 

Original Story: The Getty Museum has created an Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) art generator tool (opens in new tab) that enables players to import real artworks into their little virtual worlds. 

The museum, which is based in Los Angeles, is currently closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but now players around the world can appreciate the artworks of famous painters like Vincent Van Gogh and Manet on their New Horizons islands. 

On the museum's generator page, Getty outlines instructions for how to access the artwork images by searching through the Getty Museum's open-access collection or selecting from the gallery of favorites. Much like the AC pattern generator that lets you upload your own images, the Getty Museum art generator creates QR codes of the artworks, which you can then scan using the Official Nintendo Switch Online app and then download the image in-game from your Nook phone. 

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"With this tool, you can fill your island with art and transform your home into a world-class art gallery," the website says. "Create your own custom patterns featuring artwork from famous art collections around the world. Patterns can be used in Animal Crossing to make shirts, cover walls and floors, make paintings for an easel or canvas, and for display on mannequins." 

You can also find import artwork from other museums if they're a part of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), which is a technology that shows art online. Lots of museums are a part of IIIF, and all you need to do is get a URL of the artwork and copy and paste it into a field on the generator's site. The Museum also has a detailed step-by-step instruction guide (opens in new tab) to give you a rundown of what you need to do to get the artwork into your game. 

Looking to add some more designs to your island? Here's our pick of the best Animal Crossing: New Horizons design codes (opens in new tab)

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.