Nagoya City Science Museum

Enjoy science at the museum where the theme is “Watch, touch, and discover”

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At the Nagoya City Science Museum, the whole family can enjoy and learn about science. See the exhibits and interactive shows with the theme of physics and biology, and also enjoy the world’s largest planetarium.
Business Hours
Saturday ( 9:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Sunday ( 9:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Weekdays ( 9:30 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Adult: 400 JPY

Tickets for the planetarium are 800 yen for adults and free for children
2-17-1 Sakae, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 460-0008
(052) 201-4486

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The huge globe-like planetarium is incredible

At the science museum located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, there is the globe-shaped planetarium, Brother Earth, which opened in 2010 and whose dome measures 35 meters in diameter. This planetarium which looks outstanding from the outside was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest planetarium in 2011. To show a truly endless starry sky, it uses the latest technology such as the Universarium Model IX planetarium (optical planetarium) and the Skymax DSII (digital planetarium). However, what is attractive to many fans of the planetarium is talk on the starry sky, constellations and outer space through the careful commentary by the traditional-style curators. An environment where you can relax as if you were truly amid nature has been created with natural sound effects as you leisurely view the starry sky from your seats.

There are still many more things to enjoy! The attractions at the Nagoya City Science Museum

There are four types of major exhibits at the museum: the planetarium, the Science & Technology building where many exhibits regarding energy and scientific technology are on display, the Life Sciences building where you can learn about the human body and life, and the interactive displays. First off, there is the Water Plaza. Here, there are plenty of ways from which you can learn regarding the quality of water on the Earth such as models. Then, there is the Tornado Lab where you can witness an air vortex that soars as high as 9 meters. Furthermore, there is the Electric Discharge Lab where you can see actual fireworks of electricity through violent discharges. Finally, there is the Deep Freezing Lab where you can experience freezing temperatures of -30 degrees and view an aurora. All of them are on a visitor capacity system, so either check the homepage or make inquiries as soon as you enter the museum regarding the distribution of numbered tickets. In addition, at the Life Sciences Building and the Planetarium, experimental classes are held on a monthly basis. They are learning classes where you can actually experiment with the peculiarities of the human body and about space. Again, please check the schedule on the homepage. From 2014, an English audio guide was also started. If you download an app onto your smartphone, you can get an explanation in English for a part of the exhibits within the museum.

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9 years ago
Arrive early if you want to see some stars
The queue for the Nagoya City Science Museum spills from the door. Inside there is a snaked queue that runs eight rows deep. A screen on the wall tells me that every time slot for the world’s largest Planetarium have sold out, and it isn’t even 11am. A shame, this was probably my best chance of seeing stars in Japan. The museum also has a special exhibit on at the moment, the Dragon Ball ‘Science Event’, and this is most likely the reason for all of the queueing chaos Instead of Dragon Ball, I went along to the main exhibitions. So many hands-on activities can be found in the museum, that you would be a fool not to enjoy yourself. The highlight though for me was the Tornado Lab, and was a great distraction from my annoyance of missing a chance to see the Planetarium.
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