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National Museum of Ethnology

10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6876-2151
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Just an incredible place!

This place is just overwhelming. An incredible collection of items from all over the world. It is... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Osaka, Japan
Special exhibit was GREAT, regular exhibit cluttered and visually dense.

There was a special exhibit on about a European who introduced Japanese culture to Europe which was... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Pacific Northwest
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10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

This place is just overwhelming. An incredible collection of items from all over the world. It is also (very surprisingly) hardly ever crowded. We live in the area and go a few times a year and never get bored. I've been to museums all over...More

1  Thank drsOsaka_Japan
Reviewed 20 September 2017

There was a special exhibit on about a European who introduced Japanese culture to Europe which was extremely good with art objects that were world class. However the main museum show we found to be overwhelming and cluttered. Each room is packed with objects that...More

2  Thank imagier
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I usually avoid museums. This is the only museum I have been to that I thoroughly enjoyed. There were so many fascinating displays I spent at least three hours in there, still felt I may need another visit.

2  Thank sakura27
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We planned to go to this museum for about 2 hours. Instead we spent five fascinating hours there (including a lunch in the cafeteria). The displays were outstanding and included tools, textiles, and entire houses of groups from Bedouin nomads to Aynu of Hokkaido in...More

1  Thank Judith G
Reviewed 9 May 2016

My husband and I are anthropologists who study material culture, so we were very interested in going to this museum. If you are staying in the center city (Namba area), it takes a bit of time, slightly less from Umeda area. Take the red light...More

4  Thank travel_lover_2010a
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

A very fascinating museum with many room, video and a free english audio guide A must see The parc auround and the japanese parc very close are very nice Un fascinant musée très bien fait avec un audio guide en anglais À voir !!!!

1  Thank farid E
Reviewed 26 May 2015

Perhaps because it is a 15-20 minute walk from the Monorail station Bamako-Kinen-Koen through the Expo Park, this museum does not seem to enjoy the number of visitors that it deserves. It is housed in a modern, architecturally-significant building, set in beautiful parkland with flowering...More

4  Thank Old-Aus-Academic
Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Excellent museum with extensive displays. We spent 5 hours and could only cover a part of it quickly. The English language guide was excellent. The use of the actual researchers who collected the materials to prepare and present in the audiovisual guide was fantastic.

3  Thank Mike O
Reviewed 23 March 2015

Spent 4 hours here, didn't even cover half of the exhibits and wasn't bored for a second! There is truly a wealth of information at this museum, even if you don't care to read anything you will spend hours here. It's not too far outside...More

6  Thank MistralNight
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

I had only a little more than an hour to spend at the National Museum of Ethnology and wished I had had at least triple that time. This is a large and interesting museum! In my limited time, I visited only the Asian section (not...More

2  Thank Route128North
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