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Polar Science Museum

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[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6.0/10.0)

○ Enjoyable
○ Beautiful
○ Relaxing

◎ Unique
○ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to know the history of Antarctic research
2: to see snow vehicle
3: to experience the cold ice of Antarctica
4: to experience the textures of the solic metior
5: to see images of northern lights at Aurora Theater

Science museum that has the world of polar research

If you visit Polar Science Museum, you can know the world of polar research.

It is a full-fledged museum to find the whole picture about polar research including scientific study of polar places and management of the stations. In particular, the display of snow vehicle that the words of "Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition" and "604" is overwhelming. It is enjoyable to find how large its space is from inside and see the scenery from the ceiling window. It is more realistic to see the record movie that the snow vehicle appears. It is also interesting to see the diorama of Antarctica Station and the record movie of construction department. It is found that the living environment has been improving as long as the replicated room in this museum is considered.

It is attractive to feel textures by touching cold ice of Antarctica and the solid meteor. The stuffed specimen of animals including emperor penguin are exhibited. It is interesting to read the explanation about Sakhalin dogs including Taro and Jiro. In the outer garden, there is the monument of Sakhalin dogs that played an active role in antarctic research. For your information, the stuffed specimen of Jiro is exhibited at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo.

At Aurora Theater, It is enjoyable to see the movie of Aurora. It is realistic to see the movie under domed theater. "Healing Aurora 4: Best Aurora at Showa Station during the first half in 2011" (May 2014) was shown. It was impressive to see the change of color at the sky in Antarctica due to the appearance of Aurora.

It opened in 2010. It is a small national museum at National Institution of Polar Research in Midori-Machi, Tachikawa City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Takamatsu station.

Event Information

"Project Exhibition in Spring: The South Pole's Cat Takeshi and His Friends ~Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and Animals Ⅲ~"
To Be Determined

Finished Event Information

"Project Exhibition in Summer 2015 The Secret of the North Pole that is hot and cool"
from July 4, 2015 (Saturday) to September 12, 2015 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2015: The South pole and the North Pole Photo Studio"
from December 18, 2015 (Friday) to February 29, 2016 (Monday)

"Project Exhibition in Summer 2016: South Pole Observation Now and Past ~The 60th Year Anniversary South Pole Observation~"
from July 16, 2016 (Saturday) to September 24, 2016 (Saturday)

"The 60th Year Anniversary of Syowa Station the South Pole Festival"
January 29, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2016: Syowa Station Now and Past ~The 60th Year Anniversary of Syowa Station~"
from November 8, 2016 (Tuesday) to February 25, 2017 (Saturday)

"Small Project Display in Spring: The South Pole Photo Gallery ~JARE57-58 Memories~"
from March 25, 2017 (Saturday) to Mid-June

"Summer Vacation Special Event: Live Performance -Let's watch flow of the glacier!-"
August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)
August 24, 2017 (Thursday)
August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Live Performance -Let's watch flow of the glacier!-"
September 16, 2017 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Summer 2017: Witness of the Earth! Secret of Stone of the South Pole"
from July 15, 2017 (Saturday) to September 30, 2017 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2017: Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and Animals"
from December 20, 2017 (Wednesday) to February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)

"Collaboration Event: TV Animation A Story that leads to the Antarctica × National Institute of Polar Research"
March 31, 2018 (Saturday)

"National Institute of Polar Research is open to the public"
August 4, 2018 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Summer 2018: Great Adventure of Snow and Ice ~Secret of Snow and Ice~"
from July 21, 2018 (Saturday) to September 29, 2018 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2018 ①: Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and Animals II"
from November 1, 2018 (Thursday) to February 28, 2019 (Thursday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2018 ②: Keiskea japonica Photograph Exhibition"
from November 1, 2018 (Thursday) to February 28, 2019 (Thursday)

"Project Exhibition in Spring: Toward the South Pole -Pole Trip 50th Year Memorial-"
from March 15, 2019 (Friday) to May 31, 2019 (Friday)

"National Institute of Polar Research is open to the public"
August 3, 2019 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Summer 2019: Let's See! Penguin World"
from July 27, 2019 (Saturday) to September 28, 2019 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition in Winter 2019: The South Pole Meteorite Exhibition -The Yamato Meteorite Discovery 50th Anniversary-"
from November 16, 2019 (Saturday) to February 28, 2020 (Friday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 1.5 hours in a regular pace, about 1 hour in a fast pace and about 2 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This museum opens from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30).

Closed Day
This museum is closed every Sunday, every Monday, national holidays, substitute holidays, third Tuesday of the month (Tuesday of another week when it falls on holidays) and year-end and new year holidays from December 28 to January 4 in the following year. However, national holidays and substitute holidays may open.

Admissions Fee
It is free.

It takes about 10 minutes from Takamatsu Station on foot.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Takamatsu Station (Tama Monorail: Tama Intercity Monorail Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
○ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
◎ With Children

Name in English
Polar Science Museum

Name in Roman Letters
Nankyoku Hokkyoku Kagakukan

Name in Japanese

10-3, Midori-Cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo, 190-0014, Japan

Telephone Number



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