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...  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...  more »
  • It was pretty good but not great. I did still enjoy it. It did have lots of good dioramas and interesting stuffed animals. Although I'm pretty good with Japanese I noticed that there is not much English. This is a Japanese museum so fair enough but if you are traveling there and can't read Japanese this won't help you.
  • Truly one of the best museums I've been to. I really enjoyed the way the exhibits were displayed and thoughtfully explained. I truly appreciated this museum as one of the highlights of my time in Japan. There is so much to do here, as there are 6 floors to explore. I recommend getting here early, or coming on a Friday or Saturday when they are open until 8, rather than 5, if you plan to get it all done in one go.

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