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National Museum of Nature and Science

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 7-20 Uenokoen, Taito 110-8718, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-5777-8600
09:00 - 17:00
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Great modern take on the old style museum

I had reservations about taking my kids to a museum that has many taxidermied animals on display as many western museums have gone away from this style of museum display, however... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2014
Jindabyne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

This museum is actually the Nature and Science museum. This means it is essentially just a large collection animals and creatures from around the world and a look at Japan's history. There are also some rooms containing various historical artefacts of scientific import such as telescopes and space vehicles but the science museum near the Imperial Palace has a greater... More 

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Jindabyne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

I had reservations about taking my kids to a museum that has many taxidermied animals on display as many western museums have gone away from this style of museum display, however this was a mistake on my part. I have worked in the museum industry myself and was surprised at the breadth of the displays here. It has many hands... More 

2 Thank Rigseismic67
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

The time when I went they were having a dinosaur exhibition, never seen a dinosaur fossil in my life and it was amazing,they were really big!!! The permanent exhibition building was fun too,they have a lot of colourful displays and some interactive games for children and even adults,you can spend a whole day there (Well the descriptions are in japanese... More 

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

The museum is huge (I counted 9 floors in different places) and has a LOT to see. If you like nature and science, make sure to have at least 2-3 hours for a visit.

1 Thank N K
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

I took my family to see a big exhibition of dinosaurs (大恐竜展) and we were not disappointed. We spent almost four hours at the museum watching the main exhibition which had some amazing examples of dinosaurs' skeletons, and some others of wild animals, space, etc. simply excellent for what we paid. Highly recommended for families with kids, who are interested... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

The title of this review is "Japanese" and that's for two reasons. The first is that 99% of this museum is in Japanese. If you don't speak the language, you will miss most of it. The National Science Museum is also typically Japanese because it is all on a grand scale. The collections are huge, the variety is enormous and... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

An excellent exposure of technology that transports us to a future that is there at our fingertips. Also an interesting collection of flora and fauna of Japan, and dinosaurs fossils are something to see. Went here with my wife and my 2 kids last year and we had a great time. We also tried the 3D cinema which is outstanding.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

Very informative museum about the Japanese Natural History. But the problem was the English explanation is not detailed enough. There are fossils of dinosaurs too. The 360 theater is good too though again in Japanese. But the 600 Yen admission fee is worthwhile.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

This museum shows how to give the important for children education. Only 600 yen gate pass, you can see very exciting multimedia in the hall and very cools exhibitions. If you have some kids and have a plan for Ueno. This museum is very good place to see exciting science exhibition. I love this place for the 2nd place behind... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

The museum was great! Such a great variety of things to see plus a 3D cinema! We thought it was great value for money and we learnt so much about Japanese wild life along side that world wide. Definitely a must visit if you are in the area.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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