It?s the turn of the 20th century, the golden age of museums. As interest in and accessibility of museums grew exponentially, many institutions underwent an intense period of expansion on both an intellectual and physical level, searching to grow their collections for profit and science.
You play as a curator of one such museum and it?s your job to build the biggest, most coherent collection that you can in this game of collection and bartering featuring over 300 individual illustrations by Vincent Dutrait and featuring authentic architectural facts. But it?s no simple task!
Each player in Museum has a small collection of relics to get them started, after which, they will have to send explorers around the world to uncover others. These relics each have a value which is either the cost to add them to your museum, or how much they contribute towards adding other relics to your museum. ?Spent? Relics are added to your reserve. You can withdraw them from it by exchanging them for an equal amount of items however your opponents also has access to your reserve!
During the game you will be required to assemble different collections. These can be from different categories (war, agriculture, architecture, etc) or periods (Ancient Egypt, Rome, Aztec, etc). Patron cards will give you bonus cards for amassing certain collections. Explorer cards will allow you to hire famous archeologists to confer bonuses to your museum and event cards will provide you with some game changing circumstances that you?ll have to work around, based on historical events!
All these different elements make compiling your collection an interesting and sometimes tricky experience! At the end of the game points are scored based on collections and their value and the player with the most points wins!
The expansion adds an extra step to the game: in order to exhibit precious artefacts in their Museums, our Curators will now need to send their agents out into the world to bring them back first!
Players will have to choose which Continents to send their archaeologists to carefully, as funding expeditions doesn?t come cheap. However, if you don?t have any agents present, you can?t bring objects back from that Continent! Unless of course, you can convince one of your competitor?s staff to lend a hand?
Away from prying eyes?
Museum is about the wonders of the archaeological world, the light, the colour, the textures of these wonders of history put on display for all to see!
What some don?t realise though is that there was a dark underworld that shadowed it. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Black Market, where anything is obtainable?if you can pay the price.
Black Market is the fourth expansion for Museum and adds a market system to the game where you may purchase Objects and Notoriety cards to complete your collections and harass your adversaries. For those of you looking to put a more aggressive emphasis on the interaction between players in Museum, this is the one for you!
The People have spoken...
What would a Museum be without the people that visit it? How would all these treasures shine if not through the eyes of all those that behold them? A Museum lives, and dies, by the will of the public.
In this expansion, you and your friends can battle it out for public acclaim as well adding a 5th player to your games of Museum!
In The People?s Choice, you?ll be competing for a common objective that is drawn at the beginning of the game. For example: The ?B.C.? card awards players with the most BC dated cards in their museum. The player with the most cards takes the People?s Choice token and keeps it until another player amasses a bigger collection.
At the end of the game the player with the token earns bonus points! There are 10 different People?s Choice cards, each one with different criteria: Date, value, regions and themes!
Additionally, by public demand, this expansion also includes the necessary material to play Museum with up to 5 players! This includes a Museum board and tokens for the base game, as well as all the elements necessary to play each of the expansions with up to 5 players.
The World's Fair Expansion introduces two new mechanics to Museum.
The first new mechanic is the 'Pavilion' which introduces new shared objectives.
The second new mechanic is 'Loans.' Loans allow you to send an item to another player's museum which will benefit both of you. This is not available in the two player game.
The World's Fair expansion also includes three tower boards as well as additional events, personnel, and character cards.