National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo

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Discover the wonders of the natural world on a tour of National Museum of Nature and Science. Founded in 1871, the museum boasts a variety of exhibitions and interactive displays focused on the natural history of Japan, as well as the rest of the world. Visit the Japanese gallery and acquaint yourself with the history of living things on the islands, or explore the global display to learn about evolution, scientific progress, and animal life. View the stuffed body of Hachiko, the legendary dog and subject of the eponymous movie, a fragment of the Nantan meteorite, a World War II fighter plane, and numerous other permanent and temporary collections. Put National Museum of Nature and Science on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • This is a huge museum one could spend an entire day in. We did not have that much time so we had to focus on selected areas such as Nature of Japan and fossils found there. The exhibition is... 
    This is a huge museum one could spend an entire day in. We did not have that much time so we had to focus on selected areas such as Nature of Japan and fossils found there. The exhibition is...  more »
  • We had three hours to spend and were looking for something to keep our 8 year old occupied. When we asked what she was looking for, she said, “something with fossils, dinosaurs, early humans... 
    We had three hours to spend and were looking for something to keep our 8 year old occupied. When we asked what she was looking for, she said, “something with fossils, dinosaurs, early humans...  more »
  • If you are at Ueno and have 2 to 3 hours to kill with your young children, this is the place. The entrance fee is free for children below 18 years old. The museum is full with information and... 
    If you are at Ueno and have 2 to 3 hours to kill with your young children, this is the place. The entrance fee is free for children below 18 years old. The museum is full with information and...  more »
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  • Nothing to compare with the fine work and management of Japanese. Amazing. Clean, detail and quiet place to spend the afternoon on growing knowledge while having fun. Kids love this place as well as adults. Japanese make museum so fine and clean, display does not have someone around the corner and they completely trust the quality of the visitors. It is respect and making people feel so good. I envy Japanese with such good government and budget to have this nice facility to give its citizens the visual result how budget is used and benefiting others. Bravo! I love Japan!
  • FAntastic experience! The museum is really big, has several floors and galleries so my biggest advice is - go early! My opinion is that everything is a bit mixed up and I had difficulties to explain my 7 year old daughter how do animals relate to each other and what do they have in common. Long dinosaur floor. Real scale or near real scale models. Humane history takes a good part of the museum, but humans are only a very limited part of the Earth history so I wouldn’t even consider it, but models were there, perhaps from previous exhibitions. Loads of taxidermy.. ethically I personally would like to know where all come from since there’s really a big number. I would advice to bring a backpack, snacks and water and do plenty of small resting periods since there are so many benches around. One day is enough but you can’t take too long in each part. As for lunch I would consider three options: 1. The restaurant, regular quality 2. The cafeteria, has good options, faster and handy, has vending machines and you can have a quick and cheap meal. 3. Rooftop. Really fantastic place with tables and garden. If you decide to bring your own lunch, that’s a great spot to have a meal! Keep some budget for the shop museum. Really nice games, origami animals, animals cutters, wallpapers with animals, rubber models and so on! Have a great visit!
  • I am a big fan of the museum and their diverse range of rotating special exhibitions. The last one, a collaboration with the British Museum about various mummies, was fascinating, as was the current one about dinosaur and mammal fossils from the Gobi desert 100 years ago.
  • Very nice large musuem, 630円 for general entry. There is two building with several floors. You can spend 2 or more hours here depending on the pace. Downside majority of the exhibitions are in Japanese language(if there is a touchscreen terminal next to it, you can access English), but it is still enjoyable to see.
  • Make sure to make reservations ahead of time to avoid waiting outside as they only allow a minimum amount of people going at certain time periods. That was my mistake because I lost 30mins, but don't fret! You can still fill out a reservation card on the spot Infront of entrance and enjoy the scenery while waiting. I was inside the museum for three hours and only managed to complete one building (global gallery) because there's so much to explore! 🥰 There is a cute ice cream truck just outside near the main road on your right when you exit the museum incase you missed out at the food court. overall, an amazing visit. Need to go back to visit and tour the other building: Japan gallery. 😊

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