Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
One of Japan’s Largest Geology and Paleontology Museums, with a Focus on Dinosaurs.
The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum primarily features dinosaur-related information and materials, and it is one of the largest museums in Japan!
Many teeth, bones, footprints, and other relics from a variety of vertebrate animals, including dinosaurs, have been found in Katsuyama City.
Because of this, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum opened in 2000, and it sees around 1 million visitors most years.
The exhibition room inside of the silver dome is split up into three zones: “The World of Dinosaurs,” “Earth Science,” and “The History of Life.”
Among the three zones, the real must-see is “The World of Dinosaurs.” Within the huge space, measuring 84 meters long, 55 meters wide, and 37.5 meters high, the skeletons of 43 dinosaurs are on display, looking as if they are ready to come back to life.
In addition, the space features over 1000 amazing specimens, a large model reconstruction diorama, various images, and more.
The Outdoor Dinosaur Museum, accessible by private bus from the Dinosaur Museum, features a site where visitors can watch up-close as dinosaur fossils are excavated, or even participate in excavation themselves by striking the stones brought up from the excavation site.
Children, adults, and even researchers can all enjoy what the museum has to offer!
Many valuable authentic dinosaur fossils and realistic models are on display.
There is also a restaurant within the museum, featuring a variety of dishes with dinosaur-themed names.
The museum is located on the site of the “Katsuyama Dinosaur Forest,” a park with many dinosaur-themed playsets.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- Katsuyama Dionsaur Forest, 51-11 Terao, Muroko-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture
- Business Hours
- 9:00am-5:00pm (Last admission 4:30pm)
The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, as well as from December 29th through January 2nd
※Museum also temporarily closes for changes in exhibits and facility inspections. See home page for details.
- Adults 730 yen. High school and university students 420 yen. Elementary and junior high school students 260 yen. Pre-school children and adults over 70 years of age free.
- About 15 minutes by bus from Echizen Railway Eiheiji Katsuyama Line’s Katsuyama Station, or about 20 minutes by taxi from JR Etsumi-hoku Line’s Echizen-Ono Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)