Immerse yourself in the science and nature of Japan and the world at one of the country’s biggest and oldest museums. Featuring exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to spaceflight, it’s an excellent destination for curious minds of all ages.
The Tokyo National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) is one of the largest and oldest museums in Japan. Situated at the edge of Tokyo’s Ueno Park, its two permanent main wings offer a huge host of permanent exhibitions with English signage and information. The Japan Gallery explores the natural and scientific history of the Japanese archipelago. It covers the geology and ecosystems that led to Japan's climate and nature, with stunning fossils and other specimens on display. It also tells the story of Japan’s people, who settled on the islands around 40,000 years ago. Finally, the gallery contains a large exhibition of Japanese scientific instruments, some centuries old, to explore the changing relationship between humans and the world around them. The Global Gallery tells the whole story of Earth. A large collection of animal specimens shows the diversity of life on this planet, while two floors’ worth of fossils examine how the creatures of today came to be. As well as the natural world, scientific progress is represented, especially through exhibits on the history of spaceflight and Japanese inventions since the Edo Period (1603–1868). With so much to explore across two main wings, not to mention the ever-changing temporary exhibitions, the Tokyo National Museum of Nature and Science is a fantastic day out for curious minds of all ages. Even better, your ticket is valid for up to six months after booking, so you can be flexible when it comes to deciding the date of your visit.