National Museum of Nature and Science 国立科学博物館

Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan -National Science Museum
Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan -National Science Museum

A museum full of dinosaur skeletons, steam engines, hands-on kid stuff and other wonders

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.

How to Get There

The museum is accessible by train and then on foot.

The National Museum of Nature and Science is near 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.

Science is the prize

Japan as a leading force in design and aesthetics, but it is also well-known for its scientific advancements. Of Japan's 26 Nobel Laureates, 22 have been in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine.

Museum Highlights

You should definitely make time see Theatre 360. The dome theater and 3D images were originally created as a special exhibit for Expo 2005 in Aichi . 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 a tiger, bear, gorilla, camel, and others.

The permanent collection in the museum

The museum's Japan Gallery (in its permanent collection) includes multiple 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, is mainly for families with preschoolers. Here you can play and learn about scientific principles and encourage kids to think.

Even more greats

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 university, get in free.

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