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Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History

A museum that introduces the 4.6 billion years of Earth's history. Many valuable real specimens are on display.

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Natural History Museum

This museum displays and explains in an easy-to-understand manner the 4.6 billion years of history of the Earth, from its birth to the present. The permanent exhibition is based on the theme of "The Earth, Planet of Life" and consists of four exhibition rooms: "Thinking about the Earth," "Thinking about Life," "Thinking about Nature in Kanagawa," and "Thinking about Coexistence with Nature".

Visitors can get up close with about 10,000 specimens, including real meteorites, ammonite fossils, and everything from insects just a few millimeters long to giant dinosaurs. The exhibition that explains how the land of Kanagawa was formed using strata and fossils is also well worth a visit. The museum also holds special exhibitions with different themes at different times of the year, which are also very popular.

There is also a museum library where visitors can freely browse through nature-related books and magazines. At a museum theater, various videos are shown to deepen the understanding about the permanent exhibits.
(Currently closed due to the pandemic; information from July 2021)

After the tour, take a break at the restaurant where you can eat while looking down at the dinosaur fossils. We also recommend the Terrace Lounge, where you can enjoy dinosaur hashed beef rice, geological formation parfait, and other menu items based on the exhibition. On your way home, you can pick up some original items at the museum store.

Highlights

  • The history of 4.6 billion years since the birth of the earth is explained in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • About 10,000 real specimens, from tiny insects to giant dinosaurs, are on display.
  • The library attached to the museum is also well worth a visit.

Photos

  • Edmontosaurus Fossil

    Edmontosaurus Fossil

  • Entrance Hall. A journey through the history of the Earth begins here.

    Entrance Hall. A journey through the history of the Earth begins here.

  • The permanent exhibition room where various meteorites and minerals are displayed.

    The permanent exhibition room where various meteorites and minerals are displayed.

  • You can learn about the epic drama of Earth's formation.

    You can learn about the epic drama of Earth's formation.

  • A variety of taxidermy are on display.

    A variety of taxidermy are on display.

  • The exterior

    The exterior

Reviews

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  • Bill Law

    來這裡 可以學到有趣的日本知識。

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Details

Name in Japanese
神奈川県立生命の星・地球博物館
Postal Code
250-0031
Address
499 Iryuda, Odawara City, Kanagawa
Tel
0465-21-1515
Closed
Mondays (if the Monday falls on a national holiday or a substitute holiday, the museum will be closed on the following weekday), maintenance days (except for August, generally the second Tuesday of every month, and all Tuesdays in December, January, and February), year-end and New Year holidays, fumigation periods, and the day after national holidays (except for Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays).
* In addition to the above, the museum may be temporarily open or closed on certain days.
Business Hours
9:00am-4:30pm (Admission allowed until 4:00pm)
Admission
Adults: 520 yen, 15-19 years old, students (except junior high school and high school students): 300 yen, high school students, 65 years old and older: 100 yen, junior high school students and younger: free *A separate fee is required to view special exhibitions.
Access
About a 3-minute walk from Iriuda Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)