(Kure Maritime Museum)
A museum that showcases Kure’s exquisite shipbuilding technology and teaches about the history and technology of shipbuilding centers.
Kure Maritime Museum, also known as The Yamato Museum, is a museum to introduce the world's largest battleship "Yamato battleship" during World War II. It is also a place to learn about Kure's history and science and technology.
The one-tenth scale replica of the battleship Yamato is reproduced from its original blueprints, photographs from diving surveys and collective crew memories. As the icon of the museum, the model warship serves as a historic testament to the importance of peace and to the magnificence of science and technology to future generations.
In the large exhibition room on the first floor of the museum, military weapons such as Mitsubishi A6M Zero Model 62 and Type 10 Kaiten suicide weapon (trial) can be seen at close range. The material objects displayed remind us both the misery of war and the preciousness of peace.
In the laboratory work classroom on the third floor of the museum, you can experience the simulated operation of a ship, and understand various scientific and technological principles based on the ship through simple and understandable experience. Both adults and children can enjoy the magic and charm of technology while having fun.
After the visit, you may check out a variety of souvenirs and gifts in the Yamato Museum Store. Popular sales include "Navy Curry" made to mimic the taste of navy canteen at the time, "towel" with explanatory drawing of Yamato battleship and "cap" embroidered with the silhouette of Yamato battleship.
Learn about the world’s largest battleship at the time, “Yamato,” and the history of Kure.
See up close the physical exhibits related to the war.
Bring children together to learn all kinds of knowledge about ships.
Souvenirs and gifts from Yamato Museum Store are quite popular.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 5-20 Takaramachi, Kure City, Hiroshima
General – University students and older 500 yen, high school students 300 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen
※Free admission for preschoolers
※Additional fees applied to temporary exhibitions and special exhibitions.
- Business Hours
- 9:00 am-6:00 pm (Last admission 5:30pm)
Tuesdays (or following day if a national holiday falls on Tuesday)
※Open every day between April 29th-May 5th, July 21st-August 31st, and December 29th-January 3rd.
※Please see official website for details.
- A 5-minute walk from the JR Kure Line’s Kure Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)