National Museum of Ethnology

National Museum of Ethnology

National Museum of Ethnology
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Malcolm S.
Singapore, Singapore587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I came from the monorail train station and had to buy a ticket from the vending machine which included entry into the park. The park was nice and had red leaves fall foliage when i was there. The exhibition is contained in the second level and is a pretty nice museum with quite a fair bit of information and exhibition on the various people from all around the world (including a few Mongolian tent). It will probably take about an hour to view the exhibits not including viewing of the various videos.
Written January 2, 2020
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Houslak
Macau, China105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I have visited this museum today with my 12 years old son. After almost two hours I had to literally pull him out of there.
Very well structured exhibition with connections between the past and present from all continents.
Fee is 560¥ and free for junior high school students.
Written January 21, 2020
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drsOsaka_Japan
Osaka, Japan107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This place is just overwhelming. An incredible collection of items from all over the world. It is also (very surprisingly) hardly ever crowded. We live in the area and go a few times a year and never get bored. I've been to museums all over the world and this remains one of the most interesting...and relaxing as it's hardly ever crowded. A nice break from nearby ExpoCity (which is insane with people!) and the also crowded Bampaku Park. Amazing collections.
Written October 29, 2017
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MistralNight
Cork, Ireland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Spent 4 hours here, didn't even cover half of the exhibits and wasn't bored for a second!
There is truly a wealth of information at this museum, even if you don't care to read anything you will spend hours here. It's not too far outside Osaka, definitely worth your time.

The exhibits are well laid out, labelled, and maintained. Unlike many other museums, most items are not behind glass, so you can really get close and feel immersed in each area. Also photographs are allowed, and as expected of Japan, the service is impeccable.

The automated tour system is the best I've experienced. At no extra charge you're given a Sony PSP, super easy to use and responsive, with good headphones. Beside most exhibits is a code you can put into the PSP to see a related video explaining it. Personally I enjoyed the English narration which kept me entertained, and definitely added value to my visit!

I came on a Monday at lunch time. It was quiet and I could take my time and enjoy each exhibit privately without disturbance or pressure. I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled to this time, I enjoyed it so much. I'll definitely be back soon!
Written March 23, 2015
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travel_lover_2010a
Saginaw, MI24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
My husband and I are anthropologists who study material culture, so we were very interested in going to this museum. If you are staying in the center city (Namba area), it takes a bit of time, slightly less from Umeda area. Take the red light to its northern terminus, then get on the monorail going East for 2 stops. From the Monorail exit, use the pedestrian bridge to cross the highway and you are in the park. Lots of signage to find the museum. You could spend all day there. Some parts (language room) are interactive. As specialists on Africa, we thought this section was the best representation of contemporary and historical Africa we have seen anywhere in the world. The other world regions were good too. We also enjoyed the Music room. Half the museum was closed for exhibit changes when we were there, but there was plenty to see and we spent all morning there. We did not get to the special exhibit. If you visit Osaka during the rainy season, this is an easy way to spend a chunk of the day. A small, reasonably-priced café is just outside the museum, so no need to by over-priced food at the museum restaurant.
Written May 10, 2016
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sakura27
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Solo
I usually avoid museums. This is the only museum I have been to that I thoroughly enjoyed. There were so many fascinating displays I spent at least three hours in there, still felt I may need another visit.
Written January 10, 2017
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Old-Aus-Academic
Hobart, Australia99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Perhaps because it is a 15-20 minute walk from the Monorail station Bamako-Kinen-Koen through the Expo Park, this museum does not seem to enjoy the number of visitors that it deserves. It is housed in a modern, architecturally-significant building, set in beautiful parkland with flowering trees and flowerbeds. The Japanese name is Minpaku, one of a handful of museums that have their own name that isn't a dedication to a person or city — another is Te Papa in Wellington, NZ. The collections are amazingly diverse and cover a huge array of times and cultures, all beautifully displayed using the latest know-how, and very well-captioned in English and Japanese.

If you want to avoid paying park entrance fees, there are instructions on the web for going by monorail to the Koen-Higashiguchi station and walking around the outside, but I would pay the park fee and enjoy the scenery as you stroll through it. You keep coming across little plaques telling you which country had its display there during the Expo in 1970, which gives some idea what a massive event that was.

If you are pressed for time or are physically unable to face the walk, another option is to go by monorail to Yamada station and catch a taxi from there right to Minpaku.

But whichever way you go, for anyone interested in the art and life-skills of other cultures, Minpaku is a must-see while you are in Osaka.
Written May 26, 2015
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enruit
The Hague, The Netherlands330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
This museum of Ethnology in one of the impressive buildings of the Expo 1970 is an excellent choice and one of the better museum on this subject in the world.
Nice, modern display. Informative and free audio-tour in English. Not enough but not bad for a Japanese museum. Taking pictures is allowed. Surrounding is nice with the Tower of the Sun as special attraction. Closed on Wednesday.
Written September 1, 2011
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imagier
Pacific Northwest99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
There was a special exhibit on about a European who introduced Japanese culture to Europe which was extremely good with art objects that were world class. However the main museum show we found to be overwhelming and cluttered. Each room is packed with objects that express world cultures and after just a bit in the museum we left. Our overwhelming feeling was we could not figure out why we were looking at objects from Africa, Europe, Caribbean...etc. while we were vacationing in Japan. It was like trying to take in the whole world in a few rooms and actually we just got bored which quite surprised us since we are museum lovers. We had a much better time in the same park by visiting the Japanese museum of craft and the really great Japanese garden.
Written September 20, 2017
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Mike O
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent museum with extensive displays. We spent 5 hours and could only cover a part of it quickly.
The English language guide was excellent.
The use of the actual researchers who collected the materials to prepare and present in the audiovisual guide was fantastic.
Written May 22, 2015
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