Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan

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.

Le premier bâtiment du musée
The oldest museum building
De l'autre une baleine bleue
On a side, a blue whale
D'un coté une locomotive à vapeur
On the other side, a steam locomitive

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…

Le Futabasaurus, un plésiosaure japonais
Futabasaurus, a japanese plésiosaur
Pendule de Foucault
Foucault pendulum

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.

Une très grosse météorite découverte en Chine, composée en grande partie de nickel
A big meteorite finded in China. Nickel is the main component
Tableau périodique des éléments, avec, dans la mesure du possible, un échantillon de chaque élément
Periodic table, with the elements
A la découverte des lois de la physique !
Discovering physical laws !

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.

Mamouth et Rhinocéros
Mamouth and Rhinoceros
Les animaux marins disparus
Extinguished sea animals

We continue on B1F, the dinosaurs floor ! Great success, especially with t-rex, diplodocus or raptor skeletons !

Tyranosaurus Rex
Tyranosaurus Rex

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.

Arbre de la classification phylogénétique
Phylogenetic tree of life

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.

Le matériel de chirurgien à l'époque de Edo
Chirurgical stuff from Edo period
A la découverte du principe d'action-réaction
Discovering action-reaction principle
Un ordinateur de 1956
A 1956 computer
Le célèbre Zero-sen, ici un modèle A6M2 entièrement restauré
The famous Zero-sen, here an A6M2

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.

Grande collection d'animaux naturalisés venant des quatre coins du monde
Great stuffed animals collection, from all over the world

There was also a temporary exhibition, The Great Journey, from 16/03 to 9/06, about populating of the earth.

Reconstitution à l'identique et avec les moyens de l'époque d'un bateau ayant amené les premiers hommes au Japon.
Reconstruction af a boat used by the elders to go and settle in Japan.

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.

Reproduction d'une partie des empreintes
Footprints reproduction
La famille d'australopithèques reconstituée
The australopithecus family

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