Today, the National Museum of Nature and Science.
In Uneo district, near National Museum and the zoo, the museum is made with two buildings. Yhe oldest one is dedicated to the environment on japanese islands.
The building was completed in 1931, it has the shape of an airplane, which was a symbol of technology in the early Shôwa Era.
There are 3 floors, each one with two “wings” north and south. We can see only the 3F-North because we started the visit by the other building and don’t have any time…
More modern, the first opening was in 1999, the second building is about the History of Life on Earth.
Let’s start on B3F, with the understanding of the universe, including physicals laws. Some experiments help us to understand the basis of scientific knowledge.
After, get upstairs, in B2F, the evolution of Life, from the Earth’s origin through human existence. Many fossils and exctinguished animals skeletons, like mesozoic sea animals and et cenozoic great mammals.
We continue on B1F, the dinosaurs floor ! Great success, especially with t-rex, diplodocus or raptor skeletons !
1F is about biodiversity and differnt ecosystems, like a tree with insects living inside or the entire Earth. There is also an interesting phylogenetic tree of life, if we follow the tree branches, we can see corresponding species in taxidermy.
2F is progress in science and technology, especially in Japan, from Edo Period to present days. One of the most interesting thing is a Mitsubishi A6M, the famous Zero-sen ! And there is also a playground to explain mysteries of science with everyday life experiments.
Finally, on 3F, the animals of the Earth gallery, with a lot of stuffed animals, from all over the world. This great collection was private until 2004, when it was bequeathed to the museumafter its owner’s death. Like the other floors, there is a playground, this time it’s a reconstructed forest, with the animals living inside and some tables where we can activate sounds from living animals.
There was also a temporary exhibition, The Great Journey, from 16/03 to 9/06, about populating of the earth.
The ending of the exhibition is an australopithecus family historical pageant. In 1977, prehistorical footprints where discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania. It seems to be footprints from an old australopithecus afarensis family. Japanese paleontologists worked on what could be thes family, with actor’s help for facial expressions. The result is outstanding, and is a great ending for this exhibition.
Thata was the first time I go to the museum, and I must return, because I can’t see everything ! That’s a great place for rainy days, like today
For more informations, you can go to the National Museum of Nature and Science official website
And this is the visit’s diaporama