Exploring the Mysteries of Dinosaur Evolution exhibit on the first floor basement of the Global Gallery at the National Museum of Nature and Science
Learn about the path of evolution at
the National Museum of Nature and Science
The first place to visit is the National Museum of Nature and Science, which serves as the comprehensive national science museum. Look for the life-sized model of a blue whale that extends over 30 meters in length. The museum is divided into two buildings, the “Global Gallery” and the “Japan Gallery.” Sites to see in the “Global Gallery” include the Dinosaur floor where you can find an exhibit of a life-sized skeletal specimen of the triceratops, which is said to be the best preserved in the world, and the third floor that features numerous stuffed specimens including an impressive array of mammals, including Fei Fei and Tong Tong, father and daughter giant pandas, which once resided in Ueno Zoo. At the Tree of Life on the first floor, you can see at a glance the entire range of the diverse and varied animals that exist on the earth today, from single celled organisms to humans.
Moving on to the Japan Gallery, you will find a stuffed specimen of the dog Hachiko, well known from the famous bronze sculpture found in Shibuya. In this gallery, you can learn of the natural history of the Japanese islands and Japan’s natural environment. As we learn about the evolution of life, we will realize the simple fact that we humans are also a part of it.
Animals of the Earth exhibit on the third floor of the Global Gallery at the National Museum of Nature and Science
Fei Fei (father) and Tong Tong (daughter), giant pandas that once lived at the Ueno Zoo
The Tree of Life on the first floor of the Global Gallery at the National Museum of Nature and Science
An Akita (hachi) breed dog on display in an exhibit “The Organisms Bred by the Japanese” on the second floor, the north wing of the Japan Gallery at the National Museum of Nature and Science