National Museum of Nature and Science - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for National Museum of Nature and Science. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for The Dinosaur Expo 2019

    The Dinosaur Expo 2019

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2019-07-13 - 2019-10-14
  • poster for 35th Botanical Art Competition Exhibition

    35th Botanical Art Competition Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Party
    • 2019-07-09 - 2019-07-28

    The National Museum of Nature and Science’s annual botanical art competition is part of its efforts to promote an understanding of nature. The 35th contest solicited 1,786 entries from across the country....More »

  • poster for Tokyo 100 Years Ago- from photos by plant hunter E. H. Wilson

    Tokyo 100 Years Ago- from photos by plant hunter E. H. Wilson

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2019-04-13 - 2019-06-16

    The Wilson stump on Yakushima bears the name of English botanist Ernest Henry Wilson, a plant collector known for his exploration of Asia. Wilson visited Japan from 1914 to 1919 and introduced the sakura...More »

  • poster for Beads: Uniting Nature, Uniting the World

    Beads: Uniting Nature, Uniting the World

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2019-04-09 - 2019-06-16

    More than just decorations, beads are made with a variety of materials and fulfill a wide range of purposes. This exhibition looks back on their 100,000-year history from perspectives of anthropology and...More »

  • poster for A Cultural History of the Primrose in Japan

    A Cultural History of the Primrose in Japan

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2019-04-06 - 2019-04-14

    The primrose has been cherished as a feature of gardens and a cultural asset since ancient times in Japan. It became a part of the Kyoto Imperial culture in the Muromachi period and a staple of gardens...More »

  • poster for Mammals 2 – Struggle for Life

    Mammals 2 – Struggle for Life

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2019-03-21 - 2019-06-16

    Following on the success of the popular 2010 exhibition “Mammals – Creatures of the Land/Creatures of the Sea,” the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno once again presents a mammal-themed exhibition,...More »

  • poster for UenoYes Balloon Days #3

    UenoYes Balloon Days #3

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    • Media: Installation - Video and Film - Sound - Workshops - Talks
    • 2019-02-22 - 2019-02-24

    Uenoyes Balloon Days is a three-day program where everyone gathers under balloons. he third installment welcomes two artists from overseas and three from Japan who have researched and created works about...More »

  • poster for Doigahama Site Exhibition

    Doigahama Site Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Crafts
    • 2018-12-11 - 2019-03-24

    Doigahama is a burial site in Yamaguchi Prefecture that dates back from the Yayoi period. This exhibition features important findings that detail the origins of the Japanese people. More »

  • poster for Meiji Era 150th Anniversary “The 1000 Technologies That Changed Japan”

    Meiji Era 150th Anniversary “The 1000 Technologies That Changed Japan”

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    • Media: Photography - Product
    • 2018-10-30 - 2019-03-03

    2018 marks 150 years since the start of the Meiji Era. Over 600 valuable pieces of technology that changed Japan have been gathered from universities, research centers, and companies throughout the country...More »

  • poster for The Expertise of Specimen Preparation

    The Expertise of Specimen Preparation

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    • Media: Manga
    • 2018-09-04 - 2018-11-25

    Starting with the question “What is a specimen?” this exhibition introduces the little-known techniques used by the biology, botany, geology, anthropology, and Science & Engineering Departments of...More »

  • poster for Insects

    Insects

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    • Media: Photography - Installation - Workshops - Talks
    • 2018-07-13 - 2018-10-08

    “Insect” is the first special exhibition held by the National Museum of Nature and Science with the theme of insects. It introduces insects’ multifarious body structures, abilities, and behaviors not only...More »

  • poster for Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time

    Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2017-12-19 - 2018-03-04

    The late Kumagusu Minakata has long been known as a researcher who explored natural phenomena, but in recent years the vast body of work that he left behind has been re-evaluated and his role reconsidered...More »

  • poster for Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite

    Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2017-12-19 - 2018-03-04

    This exhibition shines the spotlight of the many forms and characteristics of lichen, an organism that is seen but rarely paid much attention at first glance. Approximately 70 exhibits have been carefully...More »

  • poster for Ancient Civilization of the Andes

    Ancient Civilization of the Andes

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2017-10-21 - 2018-02-18

    The Ancient Civilization of the Andes exhibition examines several cultures, spotlighting the myths and religious beliefs their influences have brought about, the superior technology that allowed them to...More »

  • poster for Deep Ocean 2017 - “Life” and the “Earth”

    Deep Ocean 2017 - “Life” and the “Earth”

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2017-07-11 - 2017-10-01

    In the summer of 2013, the museum hosted a special “Deep Sea” exhibition, which included the display of a 5-meter long giant squid alongside a video of a deep-ocean dwelling giant squid that was considered...More »

  • poster for Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum

    Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2017-03-18 - 2017-06-11

    The Natural History Museum, located in the cultural and educational area of South Kensington in London, is a museum of natural history with some 80 million specimens of animals, plants, fossils, rocks...More »

  • poster for Lascaux: The Cave painting of the Ice Age

    Lascaux: The Cave painting of the Ice Age

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2016-11-01 - 2017-02-19

    About 20,000 years ago, dynamic pictures of animals were painted on the walls of caves found in southwestern France, the Lascaux Caves. The paintings were executed by the Cro-Magnons. The Lascaux Cave...More »

  • poster for Siebold - The Man Who Revealed Japanese Nature to the World

    Siebold - The Man Who Revealed Japanese Nature to the World

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2016-09-13 - 2016-12-04

    2016 marks the 150 anniversary since the passing of German physician and botanist, Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold(1796-1866). To celebrate the museum presents the studies and specimens collected by...More »

  • poster for Hunter of the Ocean

    Hunter of the Ocean

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    • Media: Illustration - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2016-07-08 - 2016-10-02

    Sharks, giant tuna, whales, and other ocean creatures star in this show of 160 rare specimens. All ages will enjoy learning about these creatures’ habitats, hunting abilities, and more.More »

  • poster for Wine Exhibition - The Miracle Born of Grapes

    Wine Exhibition - The Miracle Born of Grapes

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    • Media: Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-10-31 - 2016-02-21

    Introducing the secret history and process of wine through various photographs, video and related documents. [Related Event] Yumi Tabe Lecture “The Dawn of Wine - As it Began in Georgia” Date: November...More »

  • poster for Leaps in Evolution - Tracing the Path of Vertebrate Evolution

    Leaps in Evolution - Tracing the Path of Vertebrate Evolution

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    • Media: Graphics - Illustration - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2015-07-07 - 2015-10-04

    Life has evolved through an intricate series of speciation and extinction events over four billion years and has reached the tremendous diversity of forms we see today. This long and continuous process,...More »

  • poster for 31st Botanical Art Competition Exhibition

    31st Botanical Art Competition Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-06-27 - 2015-07-20

    National Museum of Nature and Science’s annual botanical art competition is part of its efforts to promote an understanding of nature. The 31st contest solicited 2,561 entries from across the country....More »

  • poster for The Great Amazon

    The Great Amazon

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    • 2015-03-14 - 2015-06-14

    Trek through the Amazon in an adventurous encounter with armadillos, great anaconda, sloths, river dolphins, piranhas, beautiful birds, insects, fossils and specimens accompanied by absorbing documentary...More »

  • poster for A Century of Japanese Microscopes

    A Century of Japanese Microscopes

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    • 2015-03-03 - 2015-04-19

    It is 420 years since microscopes were first discovered and they have become a vital optical apparatus in the progress of science, medicine and production. Despite this history it was not until 1914 that...More »

  • poster for Toy Music Installation Concert

    Toy Music Installation Concert

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    • Media: Installation - Party
    • 2014-12-20 - 2014-12-20

    Iconic French toy music unit Klimperei, riding the highs of their avant-garde sound make their Tokyo debut with a sound installation concert in Ueno’s historic museum building. Not only is there to be...More »

  • poster for The Mysteries of Light

    The Mysteries of Light

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    • Media: Media Arts
    • 2014-10-28 - 2015-02-22

    Through the key words “space,” “earth,” and “people,” this exhibition introduces the beautiful world of light. In addition to the visible light that fills our lives, other kinds of rays including electro-magnetic,...More »

  • poster for Artificial Crystal: A Beautiful and Functional Material

    Artificial Crystal: A Beautiful and Functional Material

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    • Media: Product
    • 2014-10-28 - 2015-01-12

    Displaying historically valuable specimens of artificial crystal collected by the Japan Association of Crystal Growth and kept by the National Museum of Nature and Science. Used in products including jewelry...More »

  • poster for The World of the Yoshimoto Collection

    The World of the Yoshimoto Collection

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2014-10-15 - 2015-01-18

    Watson T. Yoshimoto was a highly successful Haiwaian-Japanese entrepreneur who built up a collection of over 400 examples of large mammal taxidermy, which now make up a significant amount of the National...More »

  • poster for Prehistoric Mammals— Tracing Evolution and Extinction with Japanese Fossils

    Prehistoric Mammals— Tracing Evolution and Extinction with Japanese Fossils

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    • 2014-07-12 - 2014-10-12

    This exhibition introduces several now-extinct mammals that lived in Japan between 120 million and 10,000 years ago with around 170 important excavated fossil specimens that clearly explain the evolution...More »

  • poster for 30th Botanical Art Contest Exhibition

    30th Botanical Art Contest Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-06-28 - 2014-07-21

    Presenting the winners of Tsukuba Botanical Garden’s annual competition promoting the study of nature. This year, 106 works were chosen from 2,696 submissions.More »

  • poster for “Medicine - The Art of Healing”

    “Medicine - The Art of Healing”

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Crafts - Media Arts
    • 2014-03-15 - 2014-06-15

    Today it is said that Japan is at the forefront of medical science and treatment, but in fact the roots of this development can be traced back to the Edo period. In 1754 Toyo Yamawaki was the first in...More »

  • poster for Dinosaurs: Wonders from the Gobi Desert

    Dinosaurs: Wonders from the Gobi Desert

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    • 2013-10-26 - 2014-02-23

    This autumn, the National Museum of Science and Nature presents “Dinosaurs: Wonders from the Gobi Desert.” This exhibition displays fossilized specimens from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert that have played a large...More »

  • poster for “Deep Sea”

    “Deep Sea”

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2013-07-06 - 2013-10-06

    The deep sea is perhaps, along with space, the final frontier for mankind. While the sea is something much closer to us its depths remain still largely unknown. Within this cold dark world exist a multitude...More »

  • poster for "The Great Journey of the Human Race"

    "The Great Journey of the Human Race"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-03-16 - 2013-06-09

    This exhibit traces the spread of humanity around the globe from its origins in Africa more than 7 million years ago. It explores how humans have survived and thrived amid hardship and severe environments,...More »

  • poster for "Tomitaro Makino and Today" Exhibition

    "Tomitaro Makino and Today" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2012-12-22 - 2013-03-17

    This exhibition examines the influence of botanist Tomitaro Makino on later researchers and lovers of plants.More »

  • poster for "Chocolate: The Exhibition"

    "Chocolate: The Exhibition"

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    • Media: Installation - Product
    • 2012-11-03 - 2013-02-24

    This exhibition showcases some 200 items that shed light on the humble cocoa bean, the knowledge and effort it took to transform it into chocolate, and its links around the world.More »

  • poster for "Japanese Ornithology: History and Current Perspectives" Exhibition

    "Japanese Ornithology: History and Current Perspectives" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2012-10-06 - 2012-12-09

    This exhibition showcases a variety of bird samples from Japan and other countries around the world that reflect the latest findings in ornithological research and history.More »

  • poster for "The Wonder of Elements" Exhibition

    "The Wonder of Elements" Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Product - Media Arts
    • 2012-07-21 - 2012-10-08

    Introduces all 118 elements in interactive and fun ways.More »

  • poster for "The Inca Empire Revealed: A Century After the Machu Picchu 'Discovery' " Exhibition

    "The Inca Empire Revealed: A Century After the Machu Picchu 'Discovery' " Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-03-10 - 2012-06-24

    This exhibition is the first ever large-scale Japan retrospective of the Inca Empire, the last of the Andes civilizations and the largest one in South America, which flourished from the early 15th century...More »

  • poster for "Bio-Logging Science: Studying Behavior from the Animal's Viewpoint" Exhibition

    "Bio-Logging Science: Studying Behavior from the Animal's Viewpoint" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-12-23 - 2012-03-04

    Introduces the science of bio-logging, which documents and investigates the often hidden lives of animals.More »

  • poster for "Research Department Seen By Photos" Exhibition

    "Research Department Seen By Photos" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-10-12 - 2012-03-18

    Ahead of its move to Tsukuba, features photographs from the collection of the Museum's research department.More »

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