Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite

National Museum of Nature and Science

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Closed Today (Monday)

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 selected from the museum’s collection of more than 250,000 lichen specimens, presenting examples of the organism from various environments, such as those close to home, alpine and tropical habitats, and the Antarctic. Learn about its biochemistry and how it features in our lives.
Lichen is often confused with moss, but while moss is a simple plant, lichen is a composite organism that relies of the harmonious symbiotic relationship of fungi with algae. This exhibition offers a chance to get to know this frequently overlooked organism through interactive exhibits, videos and other items.
This show is complemented by the simultaneously held exhibition “Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time.”

Venue: Multipurpose Space, 1F Japan Building, National Museum of Nature and Science



from December 19, 2017 to March 04, 2018


Adults and University Students: ¥620, High School Students and Under, Seniors Over 65, Persons with a Disability Certificate + 1 Companion: Free.

Venue Hours

From 9:00 To 17:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is closed on the following Tuesday. Closed on the new year holidays.


Address: 7-20 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Phone: 03-5777-8600

5 minute walk from the Koen Exit of JR Ueno Station.

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