Once the museum has prepared specimens of the natural items or has labeled and conserved materials of the science and technology, they can be studied, exhibited, and stored for a long period of time. This exhibition starts off by explaining what specimens are, and then introduces the rarely known techniques for preparing specimens or labeling and conserving materials in each of these areas of research: Zoology, Botany, Geology and Paleontology, Anthropology, and Science and Engineering. Individuals who have mastered the skills required for preparing specimens are justifiably known as “artisans;” the caliber of these artisans and the skills they employ during preparation have an enormous influence over the value of specimens. The exhibition not only displays a wide range of actual specimens, but also introduces the techniques and tools used in the preparation of specimens and the conservation of materials. We hope you enjoy and get a feel of the museum’s backyard through this exhibition.


Title The Expertise of Specimen Preparation –The Museum is supported by Professionals-
Period September 4, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Hours 9:00-17:00

*9:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
*9:00-20:00 on October 31 and November 1
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
*Opening days, hours etc. are subject to alteration. Please check the website before your visit.

Closed Mondays (Except September 17, September 24, October 1 and October 8), September 18, September 25 and October 9
Organizers National Museum of Nature and Science

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National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo
Adress 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
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Highlights of the Exhibition

1 What are Specimens in the Museum?

What are Specimens in the Museum?Specimens are items that exist in the natural world for various objects; they are portions extracted from the entire article so that they can be observed, investigated, and studied in the museum. Each specimen must always be accompanied by relevant information such as the place where it was collected and its sexes. Sometimes research reaches a point where the purpose of the study becomes unclear, and in this event, it is extremely important for many specimens to be stored for long periods of time in suitable facilities and under appropriate conditions so that they can be reexamined in the future when technology has advanced.

2 Let's Look into the Specimen Preparation Room

Let's look into the Specimen Preparation RoomHere we introduce the respective processes and work areas used for creating specimens in the Zoology, Botany, Geology, Anthropology, and Science and engineering departments. The required tools, instruments, and machinery for preparing specimens are also on display. The fine tools and instruments were actually developed in the specimen preparation room.

3 The Future of the Museum

The Future of the MuseumThe National Museum of Nature and Science currently owns 4.6 million specimens, and more than 90,000 specimens are collected to this total every year. The items, which are steadfastly collected on a daily basis, are turned into specimens through specimen preparation and then stored in the museum; all of these contribute not only to current research, but also to future study. By holding exhibitions and conducting learning support activities, the museum also plays an important role in deepening the understanding of science and natural history in people and stimulating their curiosity. This section introduces the history of the museum.