Japan's Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan, the National Museum of Nature and Science, is one of the country's greatest museums. No matter what age you are, you'll walk away with a better understanding of nature, science and technology, and have fun doing it.
The museum is accessible by train and then on foot.
The National Museum of Nature and Science is near to Ueno Station, inside Ueno Park. Ueno Station is on the JR Yamanote Line, four stops from Tokyo Station. Take the park exit at Ueno Station. It is less than a five-minute walk to the museum's entrance.
Japan is noted far more for its sciences than its arts. This may come as a surprise to many people, who see Japan as a leading force in design and aesthetics. But of Japan's 26 Nobel Laureates, 22 have been in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine.
You should definitely see Theatre 36◯. The dome theatre and 3D images were originally created as a special exhibit for Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The five films rotate, with two selected each month.
The movies are in spherical 3D, in which you stand on a bridge surrounded on all sides by a seamless sphere of video and sound 12.8 meters in diameter.
The Taxidermy Hall has more than 100 animal displays, including tiger, bear, gorilla, camel, and others.
The museum's Japan Gallery (in its permanent collection) is housed in a few floors of exhibits on the history, nature, organisms and human civilization of Japan. It serves a critical part of the museum's function in research and education. You'll find the famous dog Hachiko, immortalized in Shibuya.
ComPaSS, the experience corner, mainly targets families with preschoolers. Here you can play and learn about scientific principles and encourage kids to think.
Other popular exhibits include the steam engine at the entrance, and the full-scale whale replica. The entrance fee is very reasonable, and all students, including those in college, get in free.