National Museum of Nature and Science
|Location||Ueno park, ueno, Tokyo|
|Visitors||2,884,518 (2017) |
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.
Opened in 1871, it has had several names, including Ministry of Education Museum, Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Science Museum, the National Science Museum of Japan, and the National Museum of Nature and Science as of 2007. It was renovated in the 1990s and 2000s, and offers a wide variety of natural history exhibitions and interactive scientific experiences.
It was completed as the main building of the Tokyo Science Museum in September 1931 as part of the reconstruction project after the Great Kanto Earthquake. Neo-Renaissance style. Designed by Kenzo Akitani, an engineer of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Building Division. The building is the most visited museum in Japan, and looks like an airplane when viewed from above. In addition to the exhibition hall, it has facilities such as a dome for astronomical observation and an auditorium. 
It is designed to withstand earthquakes of the Great Kanto Earthquake class, and it is said that there is no problem in light of the current Building Standards Act standards.
Nihonkan (Japan Gallery)
The theme of the Ueno Main Building is "Aiming for the coexistence of humankind and nature," and consists of two exhibition halls, the Japan Pavilion and the Earth Pavilion. 
Meteorites fell in Japan
Japanese crested ibis (Nipponia nippon)
Honshu wolf (Japanese wolf)
The Elekiter (replica) made by Hiraga Gennai
Chikyūkan (Global Gallery)
The theme is "History of Earth Life and Mankind". The exhibition area is 3 floors above ground and 3 floors below ground.  The first phase of construction was completed in 1998. The permanent exhibition will be open to the public from April 24, the following year. Grand opening on November 2, 2004 after the completion of the second phase of construction. The renovation work of the north exhibition hall started in September 2014, and the construction was completed the following year, and the grand opening was held on July 14.
Giant pandas named "Fei Fei" (left) and "Tong Tong" (right)
Mitsubishi A6M Zero (Zero Fighter) Model 21
NAMC YS-11 wind tunnel model
Skeleton of sperm whale
Specimen of giant squid
Fossil of Triceratops named "Raymond"
largest taxidermy of Mola mola
The largest fragment of Nantan meteorite
National research facility
Museum research facility
Other National research facilities
- Institute for Nature Study
- List of museums
- National Science Museum (disambiguation)
- Tokyo National Museum
- Hisako Koyama
- National Museum of Nature and Science - official site in English
- National Museum of Nature and Science on Google Cultural Institute