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Opening of the completely refurbished Japan Gallery of National Museum of Nature and Science

The National Science Museum, Ueno, has been conducting an extensive renovation of the exhibits and facilities of its Main Building. On Tuesday, April 17, 2007, this building reopens as the Japan Gallery, with all-new permanent exhibits.

Currently the National Science Museum, Ueno consists of two buildings, the Main Building and the Annex. The permanent exhibits of the Annex opened to the public on November 2, 2004. At the same time the Main Building was closed to the public to enable extensive refurbishment of its facilities and exhibits. With the new two-building arrangement, the organizing theme of the Annex was designated as “the Earth, life and humanity,” whereas “The Enviroument on the Japanese Islauds” became the theme of the Main Building. Accordingly, the Main Building was renamed the Japan Gallery, and the Annex becameGlobal Gallery. With the opening of the Japan Gallery, the Museum’s exhibition floor space expands by 2,000m2 to a total of over 10,000m2, providing greater scope than ever for engaging and informative Museum activities.

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The theme the Museum is currently exploring in the Japan Gallery is “The Enviroument on the Japanese Islauds” This theme covers Japan’s abundant natural environment and its origins, the evolution of the life on these islands, the confluence of events that created the Japanese people, the relationship of the Japanese people to their natural environment, and the history of that relationship. In addition to the best-loved specimens of the previous permanent exhibitions, such as the faithful dog Hachiko, the Antarctic explorer dog Jiro and Futabasaurus suzukii, a plesiosaurus native to Japan, the new exhibits feature a wide array of newly displayed items. These include numerous flora and fauna specimens, one of the few ammonites in Japan, an extensive mineral collection and many ethnological specimens on display for the first time. Many scientific implements of great historical interest are also featured, such as seismometers and microscopes, underscoring the close relationship with nature the Japanese have always enjoyed.
A bird’s-eye view of the Japan Gallery shows that, built in 1930, it took the shape of the preeminent symbol of scientific and technological progress at the time: the airplane. With its domed stairwells and stained glass, the retro-modern look of the galleries preserves the look and feel of the old building. Japan Gallery image
 
 
 

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