Museum: Pictura is now fully delivered to our Kickstarter backers, and will be coming to retail in February 2022!

As the game starts hitting store shelves, we thought this would be a good opportunity to recap what Museum: Pictura beings to the table, and what makes it different from its predecessor, Museum.

Museum: Pictura is a standalone sequel to Museum. Despite having certain mechanics and contents that resemble the first game in the series, it has been designed to be its own game, aiming to provide a fresh new set collection experience and not simply being an improved version of the original game.

In Museum: Pictura, you’re still playing a museum curator, but this time your collecting artwork instead of historical artefacts! This different theme doesn’t just mean new illustrations – the game’s mechanics have been designed to reflect the world of art curation, from changing fashions and trends, to the subjective value of a painting.

As a result, this change of theme means that Museum: Pictura has some significant differences to Museum.

The cards

Painting cards in Pictura work differently to the Object cards in the original Museum. They don’t have individual values, so to place a card in your museum, you simply discard any other card, 1 for 1.

Scoring Points

As the Painting cards don’t have values, the way you score points in Museum: Pictura is completely different! Exhibiting a card doesn’t directly score you points the way it did in the original Museum. However, you have a far greater variety of ways to score (and lose!) points during the game.

Trend cards will allow you to score points when you exhibit Paintings into your Museum, on the condition that their characteristics match what the public wants to see! Organizing Temporary Exhibitions will also earn you points, by allowing you to open one of your current Collections to the public and thereby score its value. You can also score points by attracting Patrons, as well as by trading with the International Museums on the central board. This gives you a lot more opportunities to consider during the game.

The importance of timing

Although the original Museum had a certain element of timing to it, choosing the right time to perform certain actions in Museum: Pictura is incredibly important! Organizing a Temporary Exhibition at the perfect moment can truly be a game changer. Keeping an eye on a fellow curator whose score is getting close to 50 is crucial too…

Optimizing your Collections

Thanks to Temporary Exhibitions and your personal Trend card, it’s possible to score a Collection more than once in Museum: Pictura. You’ll need to plan your collections carefully to squeeze out every last Prestige point from the cards you place!

Managing your Discard

In Museum: Pictura, managing your Discard is more important than ever before! Contrary to the first game, once a card has been discarded, performing an Inventory is the only way to get it back. On top of that, every card in your discard will always lose you points at the end of the game, which can add up to a lot if you don’t stay on top of it!

In a nutshell, Museum: Pictura provides a deeper set collection experience than its predecessor. Although it has been considerably streamlined by the removal of individual card values, players have a lot more options for scoring points. It also has more player interaction – being aware of what other players are doing and which cards they discard is essential.

Museum: Pictura will be coming to stores very soon, so keep an eye on our social media or sign up to our newsletter to stay informed!