The National Science Museum, located in Ueno Park, Tokyo, is a museum with a long history, founded in 1810. More than 4 million valuable collections are stored there, and about 14,000 items are on permanent display. Exhibits such as giant dinosaur fossils, stuffed species of animals and insect specimens can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The admission fee for the Permanent Exhibition Hall is JPY 620 for adults and free for high school students and below.
The “National Museum of Nature and Science” is located in Ueno Park, next to the National Museum of Western Art. It consists of two buildings, the “Japan Pavilion”, which was built in 1931, and the new “Earth Pavilion”.
The National Museum of Nature and Science exhibits are divided into the “Permanent Exhibition” which exhibits throughout the year and the “Special Exhibition” which exhibits the theme.
The “Japan Pavilion” is a neo-renaissance style building with an airplane-like design that was a symbol of technology at that time. Looking up at the ceiling, you notice the dome-shaped white roof and stained glass. It is a beautiful building that also has a basilica-like atmosphere somewhere. It is also designated as an important cultural property of the country.
The theme of the second floor is “Japanese and nature”. Japanese people also change their lifestyle, clothes and height depending on the age.
And the northern part of the “Earth Museum” was renewed in 2015, and there are more displays that allow you to experience science more easily. There is a room surrounded by 3 huge screens, each of which displays the history of the universe, life and human history in an easy-to-understand animation. If you look only here, you will be able to cover the history of humanity and the universe.
The exhibits in the center are meteorites, skeletons of dinosaurs, and satellites. The second floor is a floor where you can experience science and technology using your body, not just looking at it. At the observation station, you can see the data of observing the earth by various means in almost real time.
Many people think of a science museum as an image of a dinosaur display, but the dinosaur floor on the first basement floor was renewed in 2015. It has been transformed into a very powerful display. On the other side of the tyrannosaurus, there is a skeleton of a herbivorous dinosaur with a huge head, Triceratops.
Inside the museum there is a museum shop that sells various original goods and books and games related to science. There are a lot of attractive products and they are also recommended for souvenirs.
The National Science Museum is an exciting place to meet new discoveries as you walk. In addition, it is only attractive exhibitions such as “Theatre 360” that you can enjoy in the screen of the sphere and enjoy the video.
Why don’t you go to the National Science Museum for new encounters?
National Museum of Nature and Science, which was established in 1877, is the only comprehensive science museum in Japan. It is the spot which is equipped with the precious collection of about 3,700,000 items, and you can be familiar with nature and technology. It is divided into “the Hall of Japan” and “the Hall of Earth”, and the process of history of nature and a living thing is introduced in detail, respectively. The events such as an experiment of physics and chemistry, the natural observation schools are also held a lot, too. You are able to come across a new wonder and question as well as “the experience of knowing and learning”.
The theme of “the Hall of Japan” is “Japanese Islands and natural “, and the hall has the floor from first basement level to third floor.
The north side of the third floor is a corner which can study the history of the dynamic change before the Japanese Islands having been made. There are the exhibitions of the fossil of various creatures and the rock discovered in Japan. At first the fossil of plesiosaurs “Futabasuzukiryu” really jumps out at us.
The first floor is the section that can know the history of the technique to observe nature. Past documents, tool, device of the natural observation are displayed. There are many things which are important cultural properties in the showpiece. This is one of the important cultural properties “astronomical telescope made by Trougton & Simms.
“The life which runs in the ground” on the third floor of “the Hall of Earth” is the exhibition corner which many stuffed animals and birds concentrated in the hall. The richness of earth environment can be felt. From the small animals to the big animals are exhibited. It seems like it’s gonna move.
The corner featuring the fossil of the huge dinosaur is on the first basement floor. The fossils, such as Triceratops, Deinonychus, Herrerasaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex, are impressive. The fossil of the tyrannosaurus, which recent studies have shown that they had feathers on their body, is also exhibited.
|Name:||National Museum of Nature and Science|
|Address:||Uenokoen 7-20 Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yamanote-sen Line Ueno-eki Station (5 minutes walk)|
|Price / Charge:||Permanent exhibitions
620 yen (Adult)
Free (High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.