Directions by Foot

Hibiya Line:
about 5 mins from Kamiyacho Station exit 4b.
about 4 mins from Toranomon Hills Station Exit A1, A2
Ginza Line:
about 10 mins from Toranomon Station exit a2.
Namboku Line:
about 15 mins from Roppongi-itchome Station.

Easily accessible by public transportation. No car parking is available.
* If you have difficulty walking, please kindly let us know by calling before visiting.
A bicycle parking is available, but please be aware that the number of racks are limited.

Location:
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
105-0001
The museum occupies
the 1st and 2nd floors
of the building
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
The last planetarium session starts at 7:00 pm. (Final entry is 7:30pm)
Closing Days:
Second Mondays of every month,
New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)

Admission

General admission entry is free

An admission applies only for entry to the Planetarium.

Admission for planetarium:
Adult ¥600 / Child (6-18) ¥100
Annual Membership:
Adult ¥2,000 / Child (6-18) ¥300

* Annual Membership is sold at Museum's reception on the first floor. It’s valid for one day at a time.

* Admission for planetarium is free for infants, preschoolers, people 65 years old or older, disabled people living in Minato City and their caregivers (up to one person). Please show us your certification. Please take a free admission ticket at museum’s reception.

* The permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions are free of charge. You don’t need a ticket.

Special Exhibition, 2021 Winter
Makeup Exhibition ~Why Do We Wear Makeup?~

Why do human-beings wear makeup? This exhibition explores science technology that generated cosmetics and science to keep our skin clean. You also can see a novel technology which automatically makes up your face by putting your face on the screen.

Period: Dec 14th, 2021~Jan 30th, 2022
Admission fee: Free

Permanent Exhibition

The exhibitions are interactive. The theme is to discover and explore the science that lives in the city. In the four corners of “Nature”, “City”, “Sea” and “Human”. All generations are welcomed to learn science with fun.

* For the prevention of infectious diseases, some hands-on exhibits have been suspended.

Nature

We focus on animals, plants and insects that live in Minato City.
You can experience the connection between your life and nature, and also deepen your understanding of the importance of biodiversity.

Exhibitions:
Palette of animals and plants/Life cycles of animals and plants/Insect's eye-view/Life under our feet/Animals and plants under the microscope/Observe insects through a polarizing filter/Seed dispersal experiment

City

You can encounter science and technology that is usually invisible in the town. Experience it while exploring how technology is enriching and supporting your life.

Exhibitions:
Fly over Minato City in virtual reality/Buildings and earthquakes/What color is this?/Beneath the town streets/Generate electricity with a hand crank generator /Lift heavy loads with a crane pulley/Structure Puzzle/Move it with Magnets

Sea

“Minato” in Minato City means a port! The focus is on the sea, rivers, ships, etc. Why do ships float on water? Can sound travel through the water? Let's consider these questions together.

Exhibitions:
Water flow simulator/Bubbles that sink?/Send the sound/Minato City Elevator/Bridge structure puzzle game/Cartesian Diver/Tornado in a Bottle

Human

You can see the “humans” who take the leading role in Minato City from a scientific perspective. Let's explore the inside of your body and your five senses. Also you can be active with reflex tests and run with animals to compare your speed.

Exhibitions:
Body scanner/Reflexes test/Virtual sound gallery/Tactile box/Pseudoscope

Planetarium

A beautiful starry sky is reproduced with 8 million stars and a dome image full of realism. The commentator introduces how to enjoy the sky and seasonal topics.

Dome Diameter:15m
Seats:121

Makuma's Space Adventure -Winter constellations-

Makuma-kun“ is a stuffed bear who stays at home happily and a little sadly, waiting for his roommate ”the boy“ to come home. Today, he is staying at home while drawing. While drawing a picture of a rocket in his sketchbook... before he knows it, he‘s off to the world of stars with his rocket! The great adventure in the starry sky begins! In this film, you can also see stop-motion animation. There is also a starry sky commentary.
*This program is mainly for families with small children.

INAZMA DELIVERY  The space travel of BYTHEWAY?! Close encounters of a black hole

An alien named “BYTHEWAY” who lives in a faraway galaxy, leaves his home planet to meet sharks on Earth. While adventuring across the universe, he encounters perilous black holes, mysterious galaxies and various stars! Join “BYTHEWAY” as he explores the wonders of space and learns about diversity here on Earth. There is also a starry sky commentary.

Minato City a Portrait In Time

An original program from Minato Science Museum! This program focuses on the "history", "four seasons", and "a day" of Minato City from the perspective of "time", which flows away casually. Focusing on the "history," "seasons," and "a day" of Minato City from the perspective of "time," which passes by without us even thinking about it, this program condenses the flow of "time" by using a fulldome drone and time-lapse photography, and lets you experience the extraordinary "time of Minato City" hidden in our daily lives. You can also enjoy a 30-minute live commentary on the starry sky by a planetarium commentator from sunset of the day to sunrise of the next day. Please enjoy the star-filled sky projected by the state-of-the-art planetarium optical projector "Orpheus" in the middle of the city.

HEALING EARTH

Have you ever seen a real spectacular view? The starry skies of South America's Salar de Uyuni, where the surface of the lake reflects like a mirror; the aurora borealis, with its ever-changing colors that appear on the polar night of the Svalbard archipelago in Northern Europe; and the high-definition stars captured by the HSC ultra-high resolution camera of the Subaru Telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's the ultimate healing science program, featuring over 20K real images, music that tugs at your heartstrings by SEKAI NO OWARI and Yucca, and soothing narration by voice actor Takahiro Sakurai.

Planetarium of Lunchtime

This is a planetarium where you can relax and enjoy the stars and music during your lunch break on weekdays. There is no need to make a reservation in advance, so please feel free to come and relax your body and mind. It’s free of charge, but please take a ticket at museum’s reception. There is no commentary on the starry sky.

HORIZON

The controversy over the celestial and geocentric theories of the universe. History repeats itself again... Based on Hubble's discovery, Lemaitre theorized the expansion of the universe. However, his theory was not accepted at all. Scientists at the time supported the steady-state theory of the universe, which held that the universe had always remained the same size. Thirty-eight years later, Penzias and Wilson discovered the cosmic background radiation, evidence of the expansion of the universe. Beyond the walls of the cosmic background radiation, the secret of the birth of the universe was hidden. The history of modern cosmology is also the history of the challenges of those who have continued to look at the stars. This work is a fulldome video program that tells the story of this history. A short version of this film will be projected at the museum. There will also be a commentary on the starry sky by the museum's commentator.

The program starts from December 19, 2021.

From the Museum → To Space - The Light of Stars

An original program from the Museum! The "city" of Minato City is full of light. In stations, parks, underpasses, and buildings. Even in your own home, you turn on the lights at night, don't you? And if you look up at the night sky, you will see the twinkling lights of stars. If you take a closer look at the light of those stars, you will notice that there are various kinds of light, such as red and white. When you look at the sky with invisible light such as radio waves and X-rays, the sun and the Milky Way appear differently than usual. Let's take a peek at the mysterious world of the universe through various types of light. This is a 40-minute live commentary program that will also introduce the starry sky that can be seen in Minato City tonight.


Japan Meteorological Agency,
Meteorological Science Museum
locates in the same building.

You can learn about disaster prevention and the present through nature and meteorological phenomena at Meteorological Science Museum.
Meteorological Science Museum Website (only Japanese)
https://www.jma.go.jp/jma/kishou/intro/kagakukan.html

Japan Meteorological Agency Mascot Character “Harerun” Japan Meteorological Agency
Mascot Character
“Harerun”