Established in 1877, the National Museum of Nature and Science is one of the largest comprehensive science museums in Japan. The Japan Gallery, organized around a key theme of “ The Environment of Japanese Islands”, is located inside a classic building designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Informative exhibits include Futabasaurus found in Fukushima, various animals and vegetation of Japan, as well as scientific technologies. Visitors can also study biodiversity of the Earth through specimens of various inhabitants on our planet at the Global Gallery, where “ The History of Life on Earth” is its theme.


The Japan Gallery

The Japan Gallery was completed in 1931. Its impressive building showing characteristics of neo renaissance architecture was designated as the National Cultural Property in 2008. A bird’s eye view of the Japan gallery reveals it is in a shape of a propeller plane, representation of the cutting edge technology of the time the museum was built.

The Brand New Permanent Exhibitions in Global Gallery

The Global Gallery (North) completed its renovation in July 2015. Based around a theme “ Coexistence between Humans and Nature”, the new exhibition includes perspectives from the latest science and technology.
The Navigators on the History of Earth on the first floor allows visitors to explore the 13.8 billion years of history of the universe, as well as vast stories of humanity and life on Earth, through various specimens and audio visuals. It is a symbolic exhibition space uniting the entire exhibits in the Global gallery.

Admission fees

【Permanent Exhibitions/Individuals】
General and university students ¥630
High-school students and younger, persons aged over 65 Free

【Permanent Exhibitions/Group visitors(For groups of 20 or more visitors)】
General and university students ¥510

* Admission to the permanent exhibitions is free to persons aged 65 or over. Please present some form of identification indicating age.
* Disabled persons, plus one caregiver per disabled person, are admitted free. Please present your Disabled Person’s Notebook or similar identification.
* The following persons are admitted free:
・FNSM members
・Repeaters Pass holders
・Supporting Members
・Students of University Partnership member universities and the instructors leading them
* From June 1, 2020, advance reservations are required for all paid and free customers.
Those of free admission, please present the above certificate and membership card or the like when you visit.
For details, please visit the Reservation web page.


・5 min. walk from JR Ueno Station, Park Exit
・10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station
・10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
* We have neither parking area for cars nor bicycles

National Museum of Nature and Science


  • [Opening Hours]

    9:00 - 17:00
    (Last entry 30-mins before closing)

  • [Closed]

    Every Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the Museum is open Monday and closed the following Tuesday.)
    Year-end/New Year holiday (December 28 to January 1)
    Ueno district will be closed for fumigation in late June.

    * The admission must be booked in advance online.

  • 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

  • +81-50-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)

  • Official website

Facility information

  • Established:1877

  • Restaurant & Café:Available

  • Shop:Available
    Japan Gallery B1F

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