Museum / Science Museum Spots in Osaka Area

  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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    4.5
    677 Reviews
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    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    This museum in Ikeda City, Osaka, first opened in 1999 at the birthplace of instant ramen. With a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits you can learn all about the history and development of instant ramen by Nissin Foods' founder, Ando Momofuku. Don't miss the display which shows off almost 800 different products from throughout Nissin Foods' history. The Chicken Ramen Factory where you can make your own chicken ramen (fee and reservation required) and the My CupNoodle Factory where you can make your own personal CupNoodle blend (fee required) are both very popular. Admission is free.

    Was interesting to learn the history of Ramen and have fun painting your own labeling. Quirky little museum to spend an afternoon :)

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    4.0
    596 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Otemae 4-1-32
    This museum northwest of Naniwanomiyaato Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City opened in 2001. A permanent exhibit entitled ''Toshi Osaka no Ayumi'' covering the history of Osaka from ancient times to today takes up the 7th to 10th floors. The top floor features a recreation of the council hall of the Nara-period Naniwa Palace complete with 70 cm-thick vermillion-lacquered pillars and life-sized figures of government officials. Each floor presents the history and culture of Osaka through recreations of buildings, miniature models, videos, and abundant artifacts. The remains of Naniwa Palace are preserved in the museum's basement. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    This museum provide a lot information you need to know about Japan. The dioramas area excellent. Great view and permanent display.

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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    4.5
    368 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    Japan’s first hands-on learning museum for children, Kids Plaza Osaka is dedicated to helping children experience new things and emotions through play and to extend the possibilities and individuality of children. The Kids Town, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a maze-like area made up entirely of curved lines. The museum is overflowing with exhibits where children can learn about world cultures, nature, chemistry, and society while playing. The museum also conducts events where children and parents can join in together and the facilities are complete with a nursing room and dining tables. The museum is also popular with families with young children. Ogimachi Station is the closest station to the museum.

    A great experiences no only for childrens, its a place for adult also. The fee is cheap and you can spend your whole day here with the family

  • Osaka Science Museum
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    4.0
    230 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-1
    A science museum in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, that focuses on Space and Energy. It first opened in 1989. Here both children and adults can explore space and its discoveries, chemistry, science, electricity, energy, and so much more from all angles in exhibits spread out amongst the different floors. The staff will also present science shows in the areas of their expertise. In the underground planetarium with the world's largest 26.5-meter dome screen you can enjoy videos of the cosmos.

    This museum was great! There are many things to learn about science here. There are 4 floors and each floor is a good experience. The foods here are good, too. My favorite one was the balance that...

  • National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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    4.5
    176 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-1
    The National Museum of Ethnology (or Minpaku) is located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita City, Osaka. With exhibits centered around cultural anthropology and ethnology it is the world's largest ethnology museum. Researcher's have collected some 345,000 articles of daily life tools and native dress from every part of the globe. Exhibits in the Main Building are divided into nine geographical regions and with both musical and spoken exhibitions, starting in Oceania before heading eastward in a lap around the globe. Come be introduced to a variety of world-wide cultures with nearly 12,000 displayed materials that focus on daily tools and necessities of life as well as 800 video shorts that show different cultural etiquettes and arts as well as daily activities. Special events and themed exhibitions are held multiple times throughout the year.

    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...

  • The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.
  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
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    4.5
    88 Reviews
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    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-2
    Located in Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses was the first open-air museum of its kind in Japan when it opened in 1956. The Museum has on display 12 representative examples of traditional farmhouses from different parts of Japan—from Iwate Prefecture in the north to Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south—that have been relocated to the Museum site. Several of the buildings on display have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including Gassho-zukuri style farmhouses from the Hida and Shirakawa-go regions, and a Nanbu Magari-ya (L-shaped farmhouse) from Iwate, northern Japan. Inside each house, typical furniture and living utensils from the region in question are displayed.

    This is well worth the visit to give you a glimpse of Japanese life in years gone by. An amazing selection of authentic looking structures. Plenty of space, quiet and relaxing. A terrific escape...

  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This museum was founded in 1950 and is located within “Nagai Park” in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The museum is based on the theme of humans surrounding natural history, and they carry out such activities as data collection, exhibitions, and educational activities. The permanent exhibition rooms are based on the four themes, “The Natural World Around Us”, “History of Earth and Life”, “Evolution of Life” and “The Lives of Living Things”. You can enjoy learning about nature in the local area of Osaka, the ecology, and evolution of living things and the environment while taking turns at games and videos. Special exhibitions are held several times a year at the museum. The in-house and outdoor events mainly held on weekends are also popular.

    I happened to have some free time and decided to check it out. Though small, it is packed to the brim with fossils and such.

  • Glion Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 2-6-39 (in Osaka/red brick warehouse)
    Museum and showroom of classic cars near Osaka Port. This 100-year-old redbrick warehouse has a retro atmosphere making you imagine New York and London, with restored vintage cars from such companies as Toyota and Ford on display. This antique space also has models and other items a car fan will delight over, and even the T3R driving simulator.

    If you’re a car guy and don’t visit this place when travelling in Osaka, get ready for regret. This place has a few sections (open display, restaurant/bar, ticketed display, free display). The free...

  • Bicycle Museum
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Daisennakamachi 18-2
    This is the only bicycle museum in Japan, located approximately six minutes' walk from the JR Hanwa Line's Mozu Station. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the development of bicycles from around 300 actual bicycles (including replicas) and from books on the subject. In the Bicycle Plaza, located in Daisen Park, next to the museum, you can try riding replicas of 1800s bicycles, and there is also a bicycle-riding class for people who cannot ride a bicycle.

    The friendly staff played the introductory video in English when they knew I couldn’t understand Japanese. Puts into perspective what you get to see in the bicycle museum. (Following info are...

  • Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Honmachi 11-23
    This museum is approximately a 13-minute walk from the Nankai Line's Kishiwada Station. You can learn all about the Kishiwada Danjiri festival at this facility. Actual items used in the Danjiri festival are exhibited in the event hall on the second floor, and every hour, there is a screening of the Danjiri festival on the 27-screen display. Also exhibited here, are things such as the Old Kamiyacho, which was made in 1842 and retired in 1990. In the experience corner on the fourth floor, you can experience what you feel like to ride on the top of Danjiri big roof, which is just like the stage star and often a carpenter does the role, and the exciting Danjiri-bayashi, with the great Taiko drums and small Taiko drums.

    These portable shrines are drawn along by columns of young men during festival days. I saw such a parade in 2013.

  • The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation, Osaka
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    27 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Honmachi 1-4-5 Osaka Industrial Creation Center B1
    This is a facility that exhibits the history and background of successful entrepreneurs who were born in Osaka. It is a five-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station on the Sakaisuji Subway Line. The exhibition is divided into three areas representing different time zones from the Meiji period, displaying information boards and artifacts of entrepreneurs who played an active role in each time period. In addition to seminars for corporates and group tours for students, there is an Exploration Quiz and a game to find the mascot characters Three Beckoning Cat Brothers for children.

    This museum follows the development of Osaka as a place of innovation and business from the mid 1850, until the end of the 1900s through the contributions of 105 Osaka businessmen over the ages. An...

  • Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture
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    20 Reviews
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    Osaka Izumishi Ikegamichou 4-8-27
    This is the only museum in the country dealing with documents and information on Yayoi culture, located approximately 600 meters from Shinodayama Station on the JR Hanwa Line. There are two permanent exhibition rooms displaying Yayoi culture to see and documents regarding the Ikegami Sone ruins, The World of Ikegami Sone. Visitors can experience Yayoi culture through authentic material, replica and video as well as enjoy learning about themes such as rice making, innovative technology, and a statue of Himiko holding a mirror. A wide variety of exhibitions including seasonal special exhibitions and archeology seminars are also held.

    弥生文化に関する資料と情報を、収集し、保存し研究をし、それらを展示して弥生文化ゆ親しんで欲しいとありまささた。

  • Osaka Prefectural Sayamaike Museum
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    3.5
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    Osaka Osakasayamashi Ikejirinaka 2
    This museum is dedicated to land development history, with the dyke and unearthed cultural assets from Japan's oldest dammed reservoir, the historic Sayamaike. The dam was designed by architect Tadao Ando. The first thing to draw visitors' eyes is the permanent exhibition of a cross section of the dyke, which was created using the Shikiha koho method of construction, in the Asuka period. A 15-meter high and 60-meter wide section of the dyke was reconstructed for the exhibition, so the stratum of 1,400 years since the dyke's construction can be clearly seen. A place of lifelong learning, there are also many special exhibits and items of interest in the museum.

    大阪府立狭山池博物館内にある郷土資料館です。古代から近現代にかけての大阪狭山市のの歴史が勉強できます。

  • Mint Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenma 1-1-79
    This museum is a 15-minute walk from the subway Minamimorimachi Station and was the first in Japan to use a gas lamp as a landmark. The museum building was originally a thermal power plant built in 1911 and is the last western-style brick building built in the Meiji period in the precincts of the Mint Bureau. On the second floor, in addition to a display of the medals used in the Tokyo ad Nagano Olympics, there is a corner where visitors can learn the history of the Mint and touch the gold and silver bullions. On the third floor, coins and currency from around the world are displayed with LED lighting. The information inspection room is also open and visitors can learn extensively about money.
  • Mizuno Sportology Gallery
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Suminoe-ku Nankoukita 1-12-35 Mizuno Corporation Osaka head office building 1F
    Approximately five minutes' walk from the Nanko Port Town Line's Nakafuto Station, this gallery is on the first floor of the sporting equipment manufacturer, Mizuno's head office. Sports-related exhibits line the walls, with everything from official Olympic posters from the Meiji period to the present day, to uniforms of baseball players in the late Taisho period, to leather gloves from the early Showa period. There is also a corner where visitors can touch models of equipment currently being used by present-day athletes.

    If you love Mizuno sport goods, you definitely like this gallery. Many goods, e.g. baseball gloves, sport shoes, and good s that many famous athletes used, Olympic goods are exhibited. Admission is...

  • Kaizuka Municipal Zenbei Land
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    7 Reviews
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    Osaka Kaizuka-shi Mitsumatsu 216
    This astronomical observatory is located in Mitsumatsu, Kaizuka City. An on-site museum contains exhibits on Iwahashi Zenbei, a scientist from Kaizuka who made telescopes and contributed to the development of astronomy in Japan in the Edo period.

    今回、前から気になっていた善兵衛ランドに行ってきました。江戸時代の岩橋善兵衛さんが作った天体望遠鏡の展示や、実際に太陽や金星など昼間でも観測できる、実際に望遠鏡を覗かせて頂けて本当に良かったです。 木金土は夜も観測できるようなので、今度は夜空の観測をしたみたいです。 また行きますのでよろしくお願いします!

  • Osaka Gas - Gas Science Museum
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    4.5
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    Osaka Takaishishi Takasago 3-1
    This information center is located in Takasago, Takaishi City, Osaka Prefecture. Visitors to the center can enjoy learning about natural gas and the global environment. Group visits (adult-orientated or children-orientated) school trips, and family visits are all welcome. Children-orientated groups can easily learn about energy from a screening of fighting robots and judging a Shining Robot Contest, and from actually using fire and touching the exhibits. Visits are by reservation only, but are free of charge.

    無料なのがいいです。小学校の時に社会見学に行きましたが、大人になっていくとまた違った見方が出来てお勧めです。

  • Sakai City Museum
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Mozusekiunchou 2 inside Daisen Park
    This museum is located in Daisen Park, just 500 meters from the JR Hanwa Line's Mozu Station. The museum was opened in 1980, as a memorial project for the city's 90th anniversary. Many items pertaining to Sakai City's history, art and customs are preserved displayed in the museum's permanent exhibition, including reproductions of a map of Emperor Nintoku's stone mausoleum and a terracotta unearthed from Emperor Nintoku's tomb in the Kofun / Nintoku Tomb exhibition, and a model of the city of Sakai and a Sakai (matchlock) gun in the Free City Sakai exhibition.
  • Kaizuka City Museum of Natural History
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    5 Reviews
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    Osaka Kaizuka-shi Nishiki 3-26-1
    This museum is located in 3-Chome Nishiki, Kaizuka City. The museum's standing exhibition introduces the plants, animals, and natural environment of Kaizuka City. Visitors can view fossil and mineral specimens as well as exhibits containing over 70 varieties of live creatures such as insects, reptiles, and fish which inhabit the ocean, rivers, and mountains of the region. The adjoining Shimin no Mori Park is maintained as a nature park recreating the natural environments local creatures live in.

    貝塚市の二色の浜にあります。明治のヨーグルト工場に行った帰りにたまたま寄りましたが、化石等が展示してありました。入場料は無料で、なかなか楽しめました。

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation’s kitchen."

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