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National Museum of Nature and Science : Ueno Main Building (上野本館)


General Information

National Museum of Nature and Science Ueno Main Building
7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday),


About the Ueno Main Building:

Opened in 1871, the National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館 Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan) is nation's largest science museum which covers everything from the evolution of life to Japanese inventions and technology, in expansive, imaginative displays, with plenty of exhibits geared toward children. 

After its renovation in the 1990s and 2000s, the museum currently offers a wide variety of natural history exhibitions, pre-Meiji science and interactive scientific experiences.

The facility consists of two buildings, the Japan building and the Global building.

Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size: 4,075,991 items
Focus: Natural Sciences, Human, Animals, Technology, Astronomy
Notable Collection(s) The description of prominent collections are available at the "Exhibitions (" section.


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


    Online Resource(s)



    How to Use the Facility

    Using the Museum


    • Permanent Exhibition:
      • General: 600 (300) yen
      • High-school students and younger, seniors (65+), people with a disability or handicap: Free

    Note: () indicates rate for groups of 20 or more.

    • Nights for Astronomical Observation:
      • General: 300 yen
      • High-school students and younger: Free
      • Service Hour: 19:30- 21:00 on the first and third Friday of each month from April through August, 18:30-20:00 from September through March
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