Meguro Parasitological Museum

Meguro Parasitological Museum

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a private research facility that was established in 1953 with the private funds of a medical doctor, Satoru Kamegai. The museum exhibits about 300 parasite specimens and related material. On the first floor we present the "Diversity of Parasites" displaying various types of parasitic specimens with accompanying educational movies. The second floor exhibits are "Human and Zoonotic Parasites" showing parasite lifecycles and the symptoms they cause during human infection. In addition to research, the museum also performs other activities such as education and provides special publications. The museum has been admission free since it was established. However, running the museum has become more costly, and donations from individuals and corporations provide us with an invaluable financial resource. Therefore, your contribution is essential and will be very much appreciated.
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Spiffle
Melbourne, Australia59 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
This place is tiny. We're talking two levels of rooms that would probably be just outside of a regular bathroom size, full of parasites. Pretty neat and interesting but it will literally take you all of 15 minutes to get through.
Before coming here I had read that they had plush parasites for sale in the gift shop. Be warned: they don't sell any plushies in the gift shop so if that is what you are keen on then definitely give it a miss. The upside to this very short visit was that there was a really good restaurant about 2 blocks away - looking at parasites makes us hungry.
Written June 14, 2013
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Ellie C
7 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Would recommend to any medicine/science lovers. Smaller museum than I would have thought it to be, but a lot was packed in there. English speakers are more than welcome here with the information also being offered in English. However, would have liked more English information available (not every Japanese script has an equivalent English translation). Make sure to buy the English guide book from upstairs before you take a look around in order to enjoy the museum more !
Written January 28, 2016
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amyeof
Oahu, HI15 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
If you are a true science person, you will love it. If you're just tagging along, then it's small and not interactive. My hubby was in heaven and bought a parasite t-shirt in the gift shop, Read previous reviews on how to get to the museum as the directions were clear and easy to follow.
Written June 18, 2018
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TTEEEP
Oak Flats, Australia74 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Very small
Out of the way
Not in English

Not worth the time it takes to go out of your way to there.
Its pretty much a bunch of worms in Jars, literally.

It’s free but a waste of time.
Written April 12, 2018
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Grant M
Greater Sydney, Australia92 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
We humans, like all animals, are not a single organism, but a heavily populated conglomerate of creatures that are both invited (by our diet and life-style) and uninvited. This compact museum is about the many uninvited creepies that can invade us as we go about our life business. Now, some places are more prone to harbouring the sorts of things you will see in this museum than others, but there is no place that lacks entirely parasites.
I am reminded of the recluse Howard Hughes and the eccentric Michael Jackson and their fear of touch and contact with the outside world. But my guess is that both of them, in spite of their extreme precautions, had as companions a bevvy of beasties moving about inside them.
Criticism is fair enough that most of the signs are in Japanese, the language of the country where the museum is located, after all. There are a few translated panels.
But my suggestion is that you just look in wonder at the variety of life that can be within us and about us, stranger than any SciFi film or manga mag.
The shop's souvenirs have their own appeal: the tapeworm T Shirt is a favourite and you can buy your own (dead, preserved) parasite as a keyring, if you want to carry away a memory.
When I visited yesterday, there were couples, arm in arm, families with wide-eyed children and friends chatting and pulling faces. Although I didn't see any, I suspect visiting teens might be checking for symptoms after the visit!
Perhaps most impressive of all is the back story, clear enough from the objects and photographs in a small side room, where the founder of the museum has his story told.
The museum is free, supported by a dedicated family of public-minded people.
If you are a bit squeamish, perhaps best to avoid: the models are realistic, the specimens preserved, but the leeches are real and crawling about in a display jar.
Written September 27, 2014
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SRQueenan
Meguro, Japan47 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
It is an interesting collection of parasites. It's only interesting if you are not appalled by what could be living inside you. It is a relief to see how many gross afflictions have been eradicated but still it is kind of stomach turning. My science-y brother in law loved it. I doubt I will go back but I would point the curious there. It's free so if you are grossed out or bored, you just leave.
Written July 2, 2019
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Mary Ann S
Saint Louis, MO359 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Don't skip this Free museum of weird parasites in glass tubes on display. By the stairs going to 2nd floor make sure you look at the picture book. Only some things are labeled in English but it's still an hourlong tour. The famous 8 meter tape worm is upstairs along with the chigger mite in wax. From the JR Yamanote line to Meguro, take the west exit and walk 1 km . It's up hill from Otori -jinja mae bus stop on the ground floor of apartment building. Lots of locals were headed for it also so you can always ask.
T shirts and key chains are for sale upstairs.
Written November 11, 2018
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HardeeHar
Calgary, Canada21 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
The museum provides for realization of how vast, diverse and complex is the world of parasites. The exhibits are in Japanese language but often have illustrations and graphics which help explain. The pickled parasites range from interesting to repulsively fascinating. They include ones that attack humans; for example, there’s an eight meter tapeworm that was removed from a person’s stomach. There are also exhibits on notable Japanese researchers of parasites; included are original slides and notes from their lab work.
Written March 22, 2018
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Miriam Z
Schagen222 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Truely, a highlight on our journey.
Found out about this museum just that morning and since we were staying in Meguro-ku decided to walk there. Not disappointed either.
It's a small exhibit and not everything is in English but I found it to be enormously interesting. Alot of items are explained by examples/ cartoony drawings, so even when in Japanese, understandable for foreigners as well.
LOVED the professors drawings and the rows of specimen. Well entertaining for about an hour and a half.
The lady at the t-shirt stand was really sweet!

Buy a t-shirt (or two) or donate a little something to this free-for-all gem, keep 'em going!
Written December 2, 2017
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gridskipper
Brooklyn, NY222 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
This is a humble and eager institution, and despite all the language and cultural barriers I can understand and respect their mission.

Still, for a Western tourist there is not much to see, and it's a bit of a hike from the nearest train station. I'm usually swayed by the outlandish and bizarre, but not even that massive tapeworm made it worth the investment.
Written November 12, 2016
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