Established in 1877, the National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s oldest
museums. Of all the national museums in Japan, it is the only that houses an exhibition of natural history as well as the history of science and technology.

Although the main building (housing the “Japan Gallery”) is located in Ueno Park, there are also separate institutions under the National Museum of Nature and Science located in Tsukuba and Shirokane. Tsukuba is home to the Tsukuba Botanical Garden as well as Research and Natural History Wings. Shirokane is the site of the Institute for Nature Study.

National Nature and Science Museum
Look for the life-size blue whale. | Photo by Gregory Lane

The museum is closed on Mondays unless a national holiday falls on a Monday. In this case, the museum will be closed on Tuesday of that week.

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