Museum 1 is a standard track created by Acclaim Studios. It is the last track of the Hard difficulty as well as the last track in the Gold Cup Championship. The scenery in this track heavily emphasizes on the featuring of Egyptian artifacts rather than the planetarium in Museum 2.
As the last track of the Hard difficulty, Museum 1 is infamous for its plethora of hard-avoiding obstacles and its extreme use of tight and narrow turns. Due to this, it is considered to be one of the hardest tracks in the game, with its difficulty being in comparison to some of the tracks in the Extreme difficulty.
Racers start on the foyer of the museum, labelled with a queue gate. Ahead of them is a ramp that takes them upwards. A sharp 90 degree right turn occurs right at the peak of the ramp, followed by a soft right bend.
A tight left hairpin occurs, which leads to a steep downwards slope, with an imminent left turn at the end. The turn leads the racers to a dinosaur display room. As soon as the vehicles enter the room, they must make an immediate right turn indicated by the sign ahead of them and head towards a hallway, which starts with strong left turn.
A long straightaway then ensues. At the middle of the straight is a dark passageway. The passage is an upward inclining ramp that seemingly takes the players to the next level of the museum, which is the Egyptian section. Here, the straight ends into a blind left corner through a very short tunnel which eventually leads the vehicles right on a display of an ancient Egyptian scarab. Following the display, there are two opening hallways, in which racers must first take the right one. Vehicles can drop off the display to reach the entrance. Alternatively, they can bear right where there is a narrow tunnel that is normally used in Reverse modes. Both paths lead into the museum's main dinosaur exhibit, which consists of the skeletal Triceratops under a luxurious red carpet.
At the end of the exhibit is a hard narrow left turn that then leads to an empty room. Racers must reach the end of the room from the left side and do a 180 degree turn into the right side as denoted by the oncoming sign. There, vehicles must drive on the opposite direction and head back onto the fork intersection where they entered the hallway, and this time take the first path.
Following a sharp left on the first hallway leads into a room with a ramp taking them to another level. Once there racers can either take a left or right turn. The left path leads to a section with a multitude of tables in which the racers must go over. It also contains a narrow S-bend after the room with tables, culminating to a final left turn onto a narrow blue scaffolding that lies just above the main floor of the museum. After a small jump from the ramp and a quick right turn, the racers are taken back to the starting line.
Taking the right path leads the vehicles onto a dark balcony that is located on top of the empty room. A 180 degree left turn occurs on the balcony, taking the racers to a highly secured room that contains many precious artifacts inside, an area that is often used in Reverse mode. There is a left turn at the end of the room. Taking this turn will lead back onto the main floor. After the same final right turn as the first path a few meters ahead, the lap is completed.
Unlike Museum 2, Museum 1 exaggerates in closed narrow corners which makes the cars collide constantly, mainly at the first descent road (with Egyptian columns at sides) where the player needs to slow down the speed to not crash into. Also, some meters after, the cars are thrown under a corridor wall due the jump beside it, which is by far one of the track's hardest obstacles, as there is also a luck factor based on this section.
The Triceratops' legs is a obstruction as it acts as an inconvenient bump on the road. Any vehicle that go over it will fly off moderately, wasting time. This could be difficult, as racers are given very little reaction time as soon as they see the obstacle, as the inclines of the red carpet partially conceal the hazard.
The room with the two tables in particular also prove to be a major hazard as they are located near the final stages of the track. Players must be care to not collide with the legs of the table as they will change the trajectory of the vehicle into an undesirable direction. The distance between the corner and obstacle is very little, giving drivers almost no time to react, requiring memorization of the track.
The last jump through a narrow and risky scaffolding is also difficult, as it requires the player to angle their vehicles correctly before entering this corner as there is a small jump on the scaffolding. Missing the final ramp could make or break the race.
Overall, the combination of Museum 1's complex and narrow layout and its near-unavoidable obstacles nets the track as one of the most grueling and brutal tracks in the game, making tasks such as beating the Challenge times in Time Trial much more difficult than usual.
Due to the countless amount of tight narrow turns in the track, cars with an emphasis on acceleration and handling shine best here. R6 Turbo, Shocker, JG-7, and RG1 are some examples of cars that have an easier time navigating through the course than others.
Trap items such as Oil Slick or Clone Pick Up work best in narrow sections, which are ubiquitous in this track. Some notable examples are the corners before and after the room with the two tables, the scaffolding, and the hairpin turn in the empty room.
The whole path on the right hallway from the fork intersection is shared, as racers will eventually have to travel the whole path in reverse after the main hairpin turn at the end of the empty room. This gives players a great chance to execute the Electro Pulse here, zapping any vehicles that pass by from the opposite direction. This potentially allows racers to catch up to lead position should they incapacitate any opponent that are ahead of them. Avoid using any trap items before the hairpin however, as there is a chance that the player may fall into their own trap as they travel back.
As for the most optimal racing line, racers should enter the second hallway via dropping-off as it is much faster and is less riskier. It is also recommended to take the left turn at the shell display room as the balcony turn on the right option is excessively time-consuming.
The Global Pulse is after the Egyptian room, behind the sign board at the jump edge. Players attempting to grab the star are advised to slow down in order to prevent falling off the display case inadvertently.
The Practice Star is floating at a great height above the stairs, located near the end of the track. The player needs to drive the car through the room secured with lasers, then make a big jump from the ramp that lies at the end of the room to pick it up.Adeon is the only Semi-Pro car that can legitimately nab the star, but it is quite difficult. The car requires a massive rolling start from the starting line and make the corner into the secured room at a high speed in order to make it. Zipper can also do this, however this is illegal as that car is unlocked through Practice for Hard tracks, in which Museum 1 is a part of.
- Due to a glitch, Clone Pick Ups are non-functional in the PlayStation version of the game. They simply disappear immediately when deployed.