Update date: Jan. 21, 2020
National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo
Director General Hayashida, hideki
Organization/Research department name (5)：
Ten, Administration Department, Public Programs Department,
Education Department, Dept. of Zoology, Dept. of Botany,
Dept. of Geology and Paleontology, Dept. of Anthropology,
Dept. of Science and Engineering, Tsukuba Research Center,
Institute for Nature Study
Purpose of establishment：
This museum was established in Yushima Seido as a part of the observational facilities of the Ministry of Education Museum Division.
The 1st exhibition was opened under the name of the Ministry of Education Museum.
This museum and the Koishikawa Medicated Plant Garden were merged with Exhibition Bureau that was under the control of Daijokan (Japanese Grand Council of State)
This museum was separated from the Exhibition Bureau to be under the control of the Ministry of Education again.
The museum was renamed Tokyo Museum.
The Independent Administrative Institution National Science
Museum sees its purpose as establishing a museum to conduct
investigaions and research on the science of natural history
and other natural sciences and on their applications, in
addition to collecting and storing (developing) materials and
presenting then to the public with a view to encouraging
interest in the natural sciences and science education in
(1) Exhibitions: organizing special, temporary and traveling
exhibitions in addition to major permanent exhibitions.
(2) Research and curation: research activities in the area of
natural history and related sciences and undertaking
engineering studies toward developing and maintaining the
(3) Education: offering science programs to serve children and
the general public, improving the knowledge and skills of
those curators who are working at non-government museums as
well as school teachers, and training museum volunteers
whose number reached about 227 in 2000.
Branch Organization (24)：
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- 2009: \ 3,436 (Million)
- 2000: \ 3,092 (Million)