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Minato Science Museum (Toranomon, Tokyo) – Free Interactive Science Museum

The Minato Science Museum is a new Interactive Science Museum and Planetarium with great interactive exhibits about the human body, nature, the city and water. It’s ideal for elementary kids and older, but still fun for little ones and adults! A great place to spend a couple hours.

The Science Museum’s permanent exhibition space is divided into 4 areas: Human, Nature, City and Sea and holds both digital and stand alone interactive play.

Human area: Learn about the human body and movement. Scan your body to learn about your bones, joints, muscles then see how fast you can run against various animals.

Nature area: Use the digital wall to catch birds, bugs and fish; identify animal, plant and insect life cycles, and view animal and plant parts under a microscope.

City area: Fly over the city on a big screen while answering quizzes and pop balloons for extra points; learn about what lies beneath the streets, buildings and how they withstand earthquakes, solar power and more!

Water area: Follow the flow of water on a digital screen using your body or ride the Minato City digital elevator to view Tokyo Bay at various depths.

Tokyo Science Museum

The boys enjoyed using the Minato Quest Map, an interactive Minato City Panel where you can fly virtual drones to various locations in Minato-ku to learn about that area through videos and text. The Minato City Panel holds 5 touch screens, but due to the rise in coronavirus numbers only one touch screen is available for use.

The Planetarium is located on the 2nd floor and is showing 3 movies in July: Hayabusa 2 Reborn, Minato City a Portrait in Time, and Makukuma-kun’s Starry Sky Adventure. Each showing is 40 min and costs 600 yen for adults, 100 yen for Elementary School Aged kids and above .

 “Minato Insect Exhibition 2020” Now until Sunday, September 13, 2020

If you have a child who loves bugs, we highly recommend a visit to the Minato Insect Exhibition located inside the museum. They have an incredible display of various bug species in colorful shapes and sizes. They also have craft tables for little ones to create insect origami or color insect drawings – Now until Sunday, September 13, 2020.

* Please note that admission is restricted to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Reservations to enter the Museum and Planetarium are required. Temperature and masks will be checked at the entrance.  Call 03-6381-5041 to reserve.

Reservation times:
10am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm
6pm – 8pm

Minato Science Museum

Address: 3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Maps)
Hours: Daily 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
The last planetarium session starts at 7:00 pm. (Final entry is 7:30pm)
CLOSED: The Second Monday of every month, and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
General Admission: FREE
Planetarium Admission (per person, per visit): Adults ¥600 / Child (6-18) ¥100
Annual Membership: Adults ¥2,000 / Child (6-18) ¥300
Access:
From the Hibiya Line:
5 mins on foot from Kamiyacho Station exit 4b.
4 mins on foot from Toranomon Hills Station Exit A1, A2
From the Ginza Line:
10 mins on foot from Toranomon Station exit A2.
From the Namboku Line:
15 mins on foot from Roppongi-itchome Station.
Website: https://minato-kagaku.tokyo/english/

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Minato Science Museum (Toranomon, Tokyo) – Free Interactive Science Museum

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