Activities of NMNS
Role of the National Museum of Nature and Science
Who We Are
Established in 1877, the National Museum of Nature and Science boasts one of the richest histories of any museum in Japan.

It is Japan's only nationally administered comprehensive science museum, and is a central institute for research in natural history and history of science and technology. We also serve as a guardian of a valuable collection of over 4.5 million specimens.

Utilizing collections and research results, the Museum presents many exhibitions. In fiscal 2016, we welcomed over 2.4 million visitors at the Ueno District, Tsukuba Botanical Garden and Institute for Nature Study.
The mission of the National Museum of Nature and Science is to deepen the public appreciation of the earth, life, science and technology, and to encourage people to think about how humankind, the natural world, and science and technology should best relate to each other. The Museum fulfills this mission in two ways. First, we elucidate the history of life and the history of science and technology through evidentiary research, using specimens and other resources. Second, we collect and systematically organize our vast collection of specimens, providing a national collection that supports all manners of scientific research. This collection is a priceless heritage, provided for the benefit of people everywhere and as an inheritance for future generations. The benefits of the intellectual and physical resources gained through these research programs and this specimen collection are returned to the public as only the Museum can, by improving the nation's scientific literacy through fascinating exhibits and irreplaceable educational support.
Our Three Principal Operations
(1) Research
The Museum conducts surveys and studies about the history and present state of the Earth and its biosphere, and the history of science and technology.

(2) Collection
The Museum collects specimens and other materials relevant to natural sciences and preserves them for future generations as a part of humanity's common heritage.

(3) Exhibition and Education
The Museum puts its research results and collections to work creating opportunities for people to think about and develop interests in nature, science and technology.
What the National Museum of Nature and Science Aims to Be
  • A museum that boasts one of the world’s finest research and collections on the study of natural history and history of science and technology of Japan and surrounding regions
  • A museum that elicits discovery, surprise and wonder, evoking the excitement that feeds people's thirst for knowledge
  • A proactive museum that works hard to disseminate scientific knowledge and information about museums in general
  • A museum that has strong roots in the community, is suppor ted by the community it serves and responds to the needs of society