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Otaru City General Museum Main Building小樽市総合博物館 本館

Museum / Science Museum

A museum opened in July 2007 which looks at the history and natural environment of Otaru City as well as science, technology, and the history of transportation on the island of Hokkaido. The museum is divided into two facilities—the Main Building and the Canal Museum. The Main Building has a permanent exhibit which presents the history of railroads in Hokkaido, including 50 preserved examples of major railway vehicles used on the island such as the Shizuka steam locomotive. The Main Building also has a planetarium and science exhibits and conducts simple experiments and short craft classes on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. In the summer, the Iron Horse, a steam engine built in the United States in 1909, is operated outside the museum, and visitors can ride the train for free.


Hokkaido Otarushi Temiya 1-3-6 (Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea)

phone 0134332523


Review of Otaru Museum

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Reviewed:2018/09/28 Interactive Fun!
This has been a 'must visit' for my son when we visit Otaru. Many interactive exhibits, including being able to ride on a train and seeing how they operate! Also has other science themed exhibits...
Reviewed:2018/07/23 Interesting little museum on trains
Not a deal breaker if you don’t go but interesting fun facts on the development of railway in Otaru. Maximum 30mins, 45mins if you can read the Japanese descriptions of the items on display
Reviewed:2017/08/16 Otaru City Museum (Railway Museum at the former JNR Temiya Station site)
“Otaru-shi Sogo Hakubutukan” or Otaru City General Museum is its official name. However, its Temiya complex branch here is really a train museum based on the former Japanese National Railway’s...

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Hokkaido Otarushi Temiya 1-3-6 [ map ]
Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea
Tuesday(The next week day if it falls on a public holiday), New Year's Holiday
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          Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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