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 (Kahaku) is one of the oldest museums in Japan. It is also the only national museum in the country that offers a comprehensive exhibition of natural history and the history of science and technology.

Kahaku plays a core role among science museums in Japan and in the Asian region. It promotes three fundamental activities; conducting research studies, collecting and preserving specimens, and organizing exhibitions and educational programs. These activities are carried out mainly in three of our institution districts. The first is Ueno district, consisting of Japan Gallery, completed inside the Ueno Park in 1931 (designated as an important cultural property), and its adjacent building, Global Gallery. The second is Tsukuba district, consisting of Tsukuba Botanical Garden and the Research and Natural History Collection Wings. The third is Shirokane district, the site of the Institute for Nature Study (designated as a natural monument and historic site).
Museum of Nature and Science serves as the central research institute for natural history and the history of science and technology. The Museum collects and systematically organizes the specimens for the national collection, preserving this heritage for the benefit of the future generation. As the country’s leading museum, the Museum also contributes to deepen the people’s appreciation of earth, life, and science technology by promoting social education.
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.