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“Slightly disappointing as smaller museum than expected, but interesting.”

Meguro Parasitological Museum
Ranked #1 of 110 things to do in Meguro
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 28, 2011

During our honeymoon in Japan we wanted to visit the parasite museum as we like weird stuff & had read about it. On arrival, we were pleased the museum was free entry. It was quite small though, I has expected a large museum filled with lots of freaky stuff. It was very interesting though & had rows of labelled jars, detailing the parasite/infected animal inside (look out for the mouse & the turtle head....when uploaded onto Facebook my aunt was horrified at "the Japenese food in the jars" hahaha!).

For a small museum it did have a lot of interesting stuff, I would like to see more though & it would be great if they could extend the collection. There was a lot of medical terms I didn't understand but, it is after all, scientific research. I would have loved to buy something but it didn't have many souveniers. A pickled freaky animal would have been a great souvenier but I don't think they'd have allowed it through customs. Definately worth a visit.

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Reviewed May 4, 2009

We had read about this place in a few guide books and on this visit decided to find it which was not too difficult.Meguro is on the Yamanote line and the museum is about 15 mins. walk from the station (it's signposted if you look carefully!) The museum is small but definitely packs a punch. Don't visit too soon after eating( or before!). It's fascinating stuff although not much English is used on the displays.Museum is free and there's a shop where you can buy gross pressies for your friends!

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Reviewed July 20, 2008

I liked the Parasite Museum, but then again, I love stories about people with guinea worms, filariasis, etc. I think you have to like that kind of stuff to appreciate this museum.

My only complaint was that most of the displays were in Japanese. I can't really call it a complaint, because, it is JAPAN, and English isn't their native language. Maybe more of a suggestion. Maybe I should say, I wish there were English explantions.Then it would have been really interesting.

Even without reading Japanese, you can get the jest of it all.

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Reviewed December 9, 2007

OK - just kidding about the fun part. Actually, none of the parasites on display looked like any possibility of fun. But an interesting place to visit if you're a science/biology buff.

I have visited this museum several times over the years, and as of my last visit, there still weren't English panels on the displays. But that's OK, because a picture says 1000 words. Some displays are useless to English only visitors (unless you really know your parasites), but others, like life cycles displays etc. are self explanatory.

It is a tiny museum consisting of two floors. The first floor displays various parasites, while the second floor goes into more detail about their life cycles, hosts, etc. Some of the parasites on display rely on human hosts, while others depend on other species.

There is a small souvenir/gift case on the 2nd floor. Ring the buzzer if you see something you want to purchase and someone will come to assist you. The shop offers t-shirts with animated type depictions of various parasites (including a black t-shirt with a copy of the massive tapeworm on display in the museum), key chains with an actual parasite embedded in them (just a filament looking thing - not obviously threatening at all), pins with animated depictions of parasites, i.e. in purple or orange, post cards (some are not for the queasy), etc. Some of the parasites make fairly amusing caricatures, like the taenia solium or the capsala. I bought the museum Guidebook (English) and it was a nice little color booklet with brief blurbs on various parasites and some general info about the museum and selected displays. The cover picture however may be daunting for some.

I would not recommend this museum for the faint-hearted, but biology buffs might find an hours worth of interest here. Some of the pictures show the effect on the human host. Yikes!! This is probably a good place to take the people in your life who don't believe in washing their hands, those who think hygiene is for sissies - they might get reformed after visiting this place!

I took the Metro Namboku line to Meguro, and it seems to me I made a left out of the station and kept walking until I came to the museum, also on the left. Be looking for it as it is easy to pass by. It's an easy stroll, maybe 3 blocks or so.

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