Explore the Wonders of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno!

Explore the Wonders of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno!
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Japan’s biggest science museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, can be found in Ueno. Our reporters Tina Tamashiro and Alisa Urahama checked it out to give you all a little taste of what you can experience there.

To give you a quick run down of its history, the National Museum of Nature and Science itself was built all the way back in 1877 (Meiji year 10). Along with its institute for natural study and Center of the history of Japanese Industrial technology, there are more than 400 collections on display at its exhibition building in Shirokanedai in Tsukuba in Ueno.  In 2014 alone, a whopping 1.73 million people visited, so it must have a lot of great displays to be bringing in so many people.

Outside of the museum you’ll find an enormously large model whale.  Our reporters felt super excited after seeing the whale and they then felt very eager to see what other cool exhibits and models the museum offered. Inside the museum you’ll find both a Japanese Gallery and a Global Gallery. On this visit, our resorters visited the basement of the Global Gallery. From the moment you enter you can see a huge line up of a variety of collections. After moving to the back of the room, our reporters were in for quite a surprise. There were some massive full-length dinosaur bones! Our reporters felt especially overwhelmed by the majestic T-Rex and Triceratops bones. In a separate display, they saw the world’s best preserved triceratops fossil.



ueno-kokuritsu-kagakukan-08 Alisa and Tina were so absorbed with the dinosaur bones and fossils that they found themselves carefully reading through each and every written explanation that accompanied each  display.


On this visit, we only had time to check out the Global Gallery, but the Japanese Gallery is also jam-packed with fascinating displays. Just like at the Global Gallery, you can learn so much just from the displays there about the history of Japan.

You can also see the fossils of Hachiko and Ammonite, and even the heaviest meteorite to fall in Japan.  There are even interactive displays that you can touch and overall plenty on on offer for everyone to enjoy. At the 360 degree theatre you will step into a round room where you can even enjoy watching movies from all different angles.   There is even an interactive area where you can experience floating! It is very popular so be sure to check it out!

The National Museum of Science and Technology has both permanent and temporary exhibits and is packed with events all year round.  For those who have a particular interest in dinosaurs, you’ll be pleased to know that there will be a special exhibition, “The Dinosaur Exhibition 2016” that will be held from Tuesday March 8th to Sunday June 12th. You’ll find real fossils that will be displayed to the public for the first time in Japan at this event, so dinosaur-lovers be sure not to miss out!

Photos by kobadog
Translated by Cheryl Coyle

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National Museum of Nature and Science
Address : 7-20, Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station : Ueno
TEL : 03-5777-8600



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