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恐竜 National Museum of Nature and Science Tokyo

恐竜 – National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Tokyo, Japan)

Life-size Blue Whale roaming the streets of Tokyo



Edaphosaurus @ National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

国立科学博物館 in Ueno


T-Rex (ティラノサウルス) @ National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo

National Museum of Nature and Science

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A really good day to do touristy things in Tokyo is a weekday when my kids aren’t in school but the Japanese schools are in session. Such was the case this past Tuesday so Ryan and I headed off to Ueno Park while Ellie had a sleepover at a friend’s house. Our destination was the National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館), another place that takes the Grutt Pass.

Other than a few school groups (who mostly stuck together), the place was empty. Avoid the school groups and you can enjoy the exhibits all to yourself. Run into a school group and, if you are a foreigner, you will turn into the exhibit.

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The old building (above) houses the Japan collection. The building, itself, is almost as interesting as the collection. It is one of the few buildings in Tokyo older than WW2. A new building (below) was added in 2007, and it houses the bulk of the collection.

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There is little in English, but you can rent an English audio guide for 300 yen which can keep you busy for up to nine hours. We only had three hours in the place but could have easily spent all day exploring if I had not had an afternoon appointment elsewhere.