Pokemon Fossil Museum


What is the Pokémon Fossil Museum?

Pokémon, the beloved creatures of the Pokémon video game series, are full of mystery. Some of them can only be revived from fossil-like states!

The subject of this exhibition is the so-called fossil Pokémon, which are shown as part of a unique paleontological learning experience. Visitors will be able to compare the fossil Pokémon with similar prehistoric life forms found in real-world fossils.

Our “Fossil Professor” and “Excavator Pikachu,” along with real-world experts, will guide you through the exhibition, offering assistance on how to compare the fossils of the two worlds.

You can watch an official video introduction of the exhibition here.(Link to an external site)


Host museums’ information

The exhibition is scheduled to travel museums in Japan!




March 4 – June 25, 2023

Dates: March 4 – June 25, 2023
(1-1, 3-chome, Meike Minami, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture)
Hours: Weekday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Saturday, Sunday, national holidays 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  (Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)

Closed on Tuesdays and May 8(expected date).
However, the museum will be open on March 21, 28, April 4(expected date), and May 2(expected date).

※For more information, please visit the website of NIIGATA SCIENCE MUSEUM.

We will announce additions of venues once it has been decided!

Past Exhibition

Mikasa City Museum Original ArtMikasa City Museum

Mikasa City Museum (Hokkaido)

Dates: July 4, - September 20, 2021
The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe Original ArtThe Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe

The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe (Shimane)

Dates: October 9, 2021 - January 30, 2022
National Museum of Nature and Science Original ArtNational Museum of Nature and Science

National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo)

Dates: March 15, - June 19, 2022
Toyohashi Museum of Natural History Original ArtToyohashi Museum of Natural History

Toyohashi Museum of Natural History (Aichi)

Dates: July 16, - November 6, 2022
Oita Prefectural Art MuseumOita Prefectural Art Museum

Oita Prefectural Art Museum (Oita)

Dates: December 10, 2022 - January 24, 2023

Highlights of the Exhibition

Highlight 1

Compare the image of this Pokémon with and that of the prehistoric life form next to it and try to identify the similarities and differences between them!

Despot Pokemon Tyrantrum and Theropad Dinosaur Tyrannosaurus

Highlight 2

Life sized conceptual skeleton models of Fossil Pokémon are featured in this exhibition, which showcases skeleton models, fossils and replicas from our world for easy comparison!

Despot Pokemon Skeleton image of Tyrantrum

Highlight 3

Compare skeletons of Pokémon with those of real-world prehistoric life forms! How Pokémon skeleton would be like was conceptualized for this exhibition. The images will help you imagine how these creatures must have looked like if they were to be excavated like real-world fossils.

※ Skeleton images of the Fossil Pokémon are only conceptual drawings.
Despot Pokemon Conceptual skeleton drawing of Tyrantrum and Theropad Dinosaur Skeleton drawing of Tyrannosaurus

Goods Lineup

stuffed toy “Excavator Pikachu”

Price: 2,310 yen (tax included)

Rubber key chains, 2 types

Price: 858 yen each (tax included)

Website / Japanese only)


Where can I see the exhibition?
The exhibition is set to tour museums in Japan, and we will announce any change or additions of venues here.
How about the admission fee and booking?
Admission and booking methods differ depending on the venue. Please check each museum’s website for details.
Will every museum exhibit the same content?
No. Different sets of Pokémon and prehistoric life forms will be exhibited at each museum. Every species shown on the key visual may not necessarily be presented as part of the exhibition.
The reverse may also be the case, with the Pokémon that do not appear on the key visual appearing in the exhibition. It is left up to visitors to discover which Pokémon are featured.
Are the accompanying explanations of the exhibit items shown in different languages?
The information panels are only in Japanese, but you can read them in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and Korean using your smartphone. The system is free to use. No audio guides are available.
Can I take photos in the exhibition space?
Photo shooting policies differ depending on the museum. Please check each museum’s website for information.
Are there any Pokémon Fossil Museum merchandise that I can buy? If so, can I get them online?
An exhibition catalogue in Japanese and original products (not exclusive to any one of the museums) are available. They cannot be purchased online.


Organizing:National Museum of Nature and Science and host museums
Cooperation in planning exhibitions/production of Pokémon exhibitions: The Pokémon Company
General editor:Daisuke Aiba (Mikasa City Museum)
Cooperation: Mikasa City Museum, Gunma Museum of Natural History, Toyohashi Museum of Natural History and The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe

Contact Information

Museum Cooperation and Collaborative Exhibition Group Innovation Center for Nature and Science Museums
National Museum of Nature and Science
Weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
Email: junkaiten@kahaku.go.jp