Meguro Parasitological Museum

Meguro Parasitological Museum (Meguro, Tokyo) – Yucky Medical Science

Honestly, the Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) was not high on my lists of Japan family adventures, but I was persuaded to check it. The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a small two-floor museum full of worms and other parasites pickled in fluids. The titles of all the exhibits are bilingual (Japanese and English). However, few of the Meguro Parasitological Museumdisplays are totally bilingual.

Is it worth the visit? Yes, if you like gross stuff or are trying to get your kids to stop picking their nose or chewing on their finger or toe nails. You can think up all kinds of crazy stories about how the HUGE worms get into human systems!Meguro Parasitological Museum

Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro – Yucky Medical Science

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) was founded in 1053 as a private research facility by the medical doctor, Satoru Kamegai. The two-floor museum has about 300 parasite Meguro Parasitological Museumspecimens and exhibits which show the different life stages of parasites and how they enter the human body. The first floor exhibits the “Diversity of Parasites” with some videos that are in Japanese. On the second floor,  “Human and Zoonotic Parasites,”  there are many graphic displays and photos of how Meguro Parasitological Museumparasites chase human infections and how medicine or surgery is used to remove the parasites.  Small museum but has a high gross factor with interesting takeaways on how we need to make sure to be careful about food and hygiene. You will definitely want to go wash your hands.



Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館), Meguro Meguro Parasitological MuseumDetails
Address: 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Business Hours: Closed Mon and Tues, Open Wed – Sun 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free but donations encourage (donation box is located near the entryway)
Access: 12 min walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Namboku Line

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Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro – Yucky Medical Science


Other more niche museums that we enjoyed include the

The Sumida Incineration Plant (Sumida, Tokyo)

The Drum Museum (Taito-ku, Tokyo)

The Origami Museum (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

The Samurai Museum (Shinjuku, Tokyo)


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