Japan Tokyo Odaiba

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

A center for scientific exploration in Tokyo

Photo of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Japan (日本科学未来館。東京都江東区。 by Kakidai)

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as Miraikan, is a repository of science and technology in Tokyo. Established in 2001, Miraikan promotes scientific understanding and innovation. The museum engages visitors through interactive displays and educational programs, focusing on new technologies and the future of science.

About National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Miraikan, located in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, is a seven-story structure symbolizing Japan’s dedication to science. It was established by the Japan Science and Technology Agency to facilitate public engagement with science. Miraikan features exhibits on emerging technologies, robotics, and space exploration.

The Geo-Cosmos exhibit is an awe-inspiring spherical display showing real-time global images from satellites, including weather patterns and ocean temperatures. The museum also hosts sections dedicated to different scientific topics, such as the rock core from the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary and demonstrations of Asimo, the humanoid robot. There’s also a model maglev train showcasing transportation advancements.

Miraikan’s educational programs, workshops, and lectures aim to inspire visitors. The museum also offers special exhibitions that combine science with art.

Miraikan hosted the World Science Centre Summit in 2017, affirming its role in international scientific dialogue. The leadership includes former director and astronaut Mamoru Mohri, with current director Chieko Asakawa.

Besides the exhibits, Miraikan has a dome theater, a conference room, and general-use facilities like the Miraikan Hall and Innovation Hall. There’s also a cafe and a shop.

Miraikan’s outreach includes publications and the training of science communicators, maintaining its role in public science engagement.

In summary, Miraikan is a cultural institution in Japan, presenting the nation’s scientific achievements and the potential of future technologies. Its interactive exhibits and focus on science communication offer an engaging experience for those interested in science and innovation.

Getting There the easiest way to reach National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

U 08

Tokyo International Cruise Terminal

 5-10 minute walk (600m)
R 04

Tokyo Teleport
 TWR Rinkai Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)

Around National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Technology Museum in Tokyo

open 10am - 4:30pm
closed Tuesday, unless a holiday (and other days)


日本科学未来館, 東京

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