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Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution: Museum (人と防災未来センター)


General Information

Disaster Reduction Museum
1-5-2 Kaigan-dori, Wakinohama, Chuo-ku, Kobe

About Disaster Reduction Museum:

Disaster Reduction Museum consists of two sections. The west building is called the 防災未来館 (Museum of Disaster Prevention for the Future).  The west building was opened in 2002 to tell visitors the story of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake through movies, photos and dioramas. 

The east building is called ひと未来館 (Museum for the Future of Humanity), and it was opened the following year (2003) to teach visitors the importance of human lives.

Parent Institution

The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) was established in April 2002 to commemorate the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which struck in January 1995.

Today, the DRI engages in data collection, research on past natural disasters, risk management assessment and planning for future disasters, and education.  Programs for disaster prevention officers and the general public include training programs and exhibits in DRI's two conjoined museums.

Summary of Collection(s)

West Building

  • 1.17 Theater: 7 minutes film depicting the tremendous destructive power of the earthquake
  • Replica of a street after the earthquake
  • The Great Earthquake Hall: A 15 minute drama about the earthquake's aftermath and effort of residents and communities to rebuild the city
  • Memories Corner: earthquake related information materials along with stories of the survivor's experiences
  • Road to Recovery from the Earthquake: conditions of the city after the quake and lives of the residents, and how they rebuilt the city are displayed using dioramas.
  • Recital Corner: stories of survivors
  • Station providing the latest information on natural disasters that happened recently around the world
  • Workshop on disaster prevention and disaster mitigation

East Building

  • Rare footage of 1938 Great Hanshin Flood projected on a large horizontally split screen.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.

How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum

Please refer to "Tourist Info & Exhibit Guide".

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