Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Beginner’s Guide to Every Building

In our latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide, we will help you get every building in the game. You will learn all about the buildings and what it will do for you. Once you follow these instructions, you will have the best island around that will get attention to grow your town's population with new furry citizens.

Resident Services in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Doing everything possible on your island will take some time. Our guide to obtaining every building in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will help you have the most popular and coolest place to live.

Do note in this walkthrough, we do advise to check out our guide to every tool, as some things will be required to build certain places. On top of that, going in order is mostly needed as some characters will not let you progress without having something else constructed.


Screenshot of inside the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Dinosaur fossil displays in the museum

Starting off our guide to unlock every building in Animal Crossing, you need to get your Net and Fishing Rod. Tom Nook will want five bugs and/or fish from you. Once you do that, you will get introduced to Blathers, the curator for the Museum. Settle down a lot for him on your island so he can have his own tent.

Now your new neighbor will want 15 bugs, fish, or fossils from you. It is recommended that you have the Shovel and Vaulting Pole to reach new areas and dig up holes when needed. Once you gather up an assortment that meets his requirements, Blathers will start to build the Museum, which takes a day to complete.

The Museum will let players and other Villagers can look at various exhibits. You can donate bugs, fish, and fossils to grow the collection, making Blathers happy and for a more interesting activity for attendees.


Villagers standing outside of Nook's Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nook’s Cranny and happy customers

Before getting Nook’s Cranny, you need to pay off your island getaway package, which costs 5,000 Nook Miles. Tom Nook will get you a house, leading to another bill to pay. Complete your new home then head over to the Resident Services to see Tom Nook talking to Timmy about opening up a brand new shop.

Make sure you have a good Axe and Shovel, as Timmy will want you to bring him 30 pieces of Wood, Softwood, Hardwood, and Iron Nuggets for him to set up his store. Once he has his supplies and plot, then it will take a day to complete the build.

Upgrading Nook’s Cranny will expand its offerings for you to purchase. This will take plenty of time and Bells, so prepare yourself for the long-haul on getting Timmy a better store.

Now you can buy and sell items with Timmy and Tommy. Each day their stock does change along with prices. You can sell “Hot Items” for double the price, or if the store is closed, you can drop things off in a box to get money later.


A look inside of Able Sister's Shop in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Inside of Able Sister’s Shop and its clothing options

After you unlocked Nook’s Cranny, you can get another store: the Able Sister’s Shop. You will find Timmy and Tommy talking to Mable about how they want her to come to the island so they can sell her goods.

This requires spending 5,000 Bells on clothing from Mable. She will appear randomly in the main plaza below the Resident Services. Once she has enough money from you, then she will tell you she wants a shop on the island. Set her up a plot, then you are ready to go.

Note: You cannot try on the clothes before purchasing them. Additionally, Mable may not request a proper shop on the first day of her arrival, requiring a few more days’ worth of waiting.

The Able Sister’s Shop will offer plenty of clothes and accessories to make you the stylish person on your island. 


Outside of the Town Hall in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A look outside of the Town Hall

Upgrading to a Town Hall from the basic Resident Services, you must have your deserted island getaway package paid off with 5,000 Nook Miles along with upgrades to your house. On top of this, you must have the Nook’s Cranny to make additional progress.

Now that you have everything, let’s get started. Tom Nook will want your help to find housing for three new villagers. You will end up building a bridge and place the plots across the river. Check the sign to see which three interior and exterior items are required for the new homes.

After completing the homes, Tom Nook will announce that the Resident Services will get renovated for an upgrade. The full day of work will take away access to the Recycling Bin and Terminal. 

The building will introduce hourly music and a new jingle when talking to other characters. Go inside to see Tom Nook, who will be with Isabelle. She will take over daily announcements and work with Tom to deliver you new features and items at the Nook Miles redemption terminal. 

Tom will grant you access to the DIY Customization Workshop to change up items you have already crafted previously. He will also give you plenty of power over the island’s infrastructure. You can approve the building of bridges and inclines along with moving most buildings to another location, except the Resident Services and Airport. 

Working with Isabelle, you can switch the town’s tune and flag. You can also reset a character’s clothing and catchphrase. After some time, you will be asked about evaluations to improve the town’s rating.


Setting up the Campgrounds in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Setting up the Campgrounds to get more villagers

Sending off our guide to every building in Animal Crossing, Tom Nook will want you to increase the town’s popularity. This is why the Campground will become important to achieve this task.

Gather up 15 Iron Nuggets and each type of Wood. This will get you the Campground Construction Kit, which you can place anywhere you like.

With the Campground, this is where you will convince incoming Villagers to come live on your island. Convincing them can take some time, as you will need to build DIY items for them. Outside of gathering new people to stay, you can trade with anyone coming to the newly developed area.

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