The National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館, Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan) is in the northeast corner of Ueno Park in Tokyo. The museum has exhibitions on pre-Meiji science in Japan. A Life size blue whale model and a steam locomotive are on display outside.
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Jill Williams | Feb 21, 2018
Great museum. Tons of exhibits to see. Worth the visit. Bonus that kids under 12 are free. There are lots of things to learn and see. My kids had a wonderful time and it took a few hours to go through the whole museum. They loved seeing the whale outside too! They're favorite part was being an exhibit themselves. Fantastic!!
Jeffrey Taylor | Nov 26, 2017
This Museum is a great place to explore the origins of civilization in Japan, marvel at the technical achievements of the last few centuries or to hang out with some cool dinosaur skeletons. Visually, the exhibits are stunning and the interactive screens are designed to please even the most ardent self-learner. My kids loved looking at everything, touching many of the interactive exhibits and standing in front of the yesterday camera to see how they look in infrared. Next time we will plan ahead so our youngest can enjoy the relatively new play areas. You need to get tickets to enter and they were sold out by the time we got there. I highly recommend a visit to this Museum!
Peter K | Feb 14, 2018
Be prepared to spend a few hours here, at least 2-3. The place is massive there are 2 buildings where one is focused on Japan and the other is the international one. From dinosaur bones, to plants to rocks to human evolution to how a TV works it's all here. Only problem is most of the explanations are in Japanese, there are pc screens that have English one them but it's cumbersome to keep accessing the menu system by each exhibit. The layout of the place is a bit confusing, arrows on the floor would make it a lot easier. There is a cloud chamber experiment on the basement level, if you have never seen it this is a must see. I would go there just for that.
George Bennion | Dec 29, 2017
Great place to spend your entire day!!! The first area you get to, the natural history of Japan, is very old and honestly pretty boring. If you go BEYOND that, though, there's a cool 360° theater with great presentations and the natural history of the world section, which is new and REALLY cool. There was so much there that we couldn't get through it all in a day! I would suggest just skipping the natural history of Japan and going straight to the world portion.
Bart van Schie | Jan 26, 2018
Very large.. actually 2 buildings. The old building contains the japanese section while the new taller building contains the international section. This last one also contains the science area with lots of interesting expositions. I really liked it.
Benjamin Snitzer | Jul 4, 2018
I've never been to such an informative place in my life... I was able to learn about anything from animals and ecology to chemistry and biology. The staff there are extremely kind and actually spoke some English which further enhanced my experiences there. If there's one thing I can recommend doing it would be the 360 view theater showing. It is in Japanese with no subtitles but the visuals allow you to understand what is going on. Highly recommended for anyone in Tokyo!
Alec Csukai | Jun 26, 2018
If you can't speak Japanese then your ability to access much of this place is limited, despite a pretty hefty price tag. There are some interesting displays but not enough to make your money worthwhile, let alone your time worthwhile when the much more interesting Ueno Park is right nearby. If you have a particular interest in Japanese flora and fauna you might find this place worth your time but otherwise I cannot recommend this location.
Maria N | Jun 27, 2018
The museum is quite big and covers all the main things related to natural sciences. Japan part is quite old and small, global part is new and very big. If you have limited time I recommend to start with the latter. Also, there are sometimes descriptions in English, but not everywhere unfortunately. Sometimes you see something interesting and have no idea about the details.
Sue Lin Teo | Mar 24, 2018
It's overall a nice place to visit if you enjoy going through a detailed exhibition of all things science and nature through the time. They have two sections, the international section and the Japanese section so you can easily spend 3-5 hours there. You can buy your tickets at the entrance and there's typically no queues to get the tickets. It's also a great place for family and they have chairs in all the exhibition halls for anyone who wants to take a quick rest. The only setback is that all the descriptions are written in Japanese, so if you're interested in understanding the exhibition, you'll need to rent the audio guide for an additional fee.
Evan Klingensmith | May 5, 2018
Very interesting! They have lots of exhibts and many of the descriptions are in both English and Japanese (although there was certainly places where it was in only Japanese). If I go back I would get the English audio tour. This would be a great place to bring children. It is also very close to a lot of other museums, so you can spend all day just touring them without having to travel all over the city
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