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National Museum of Ethnology

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Address: 10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6876-2151
10:00 - 16:30
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Excellent museum

I usually avoid museums. This is the only museum I have been to that I thoroughly enjoyed. There were so many fascinating displays I spent at least three hours in there, still... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I usually avoid museums. This is the only museum I have been to that I thoroughly enjoyed. There were so many fascinating displays I spent at least three hours in there, still felt I may need another visit.

1 Thank sakura27
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We planned to go to this museum for about 2 hours. Instead we spent five fascinating hours there (including a lunch in the cafeteria). The displays were outstanding and included tools, textiles, and entire houses of groups from Bedouin nomads to Aynu of Hokkaido in today's northern Japan. There are totem poles from Northwest Coast, a description of how Inuit... More 

1 Thank Judith G
Saginaw, Michigan
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

My husband and I are anthropologists who study material culture, so we were very interested in going to this museum. If you are staying in the center city (Namba area), it takes a bit of time, slightly less from Umeda area. Take the red light to its northern terminus, then get on the monorail going East for 2 stops. From... More 

4 Thank travel_lover_2010a
Marseille, France
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

A very fascinating museum with many room, video and a free english audio guide A must see The parc auround and the japanese parc very close are very nice Un fascinant musée très bien fait avec un audio guide en anglais À voir !!!!

1 Thank farid E
Hobart, Australia
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Perhaps because it is a 15-20 minute walk from the Monorail station Bamako-Kinen-Koen through the Expo Park, this museum does not seem to enjoy the number of visitors that it deserves. It is housed in a modern, architecturally-significant building, set in beautiful parkland with flowering trees and flowerbeds. The Japanese name is Minpaku, one of a handful of museums that... More 

4 Thank Old-Aus-Academic
Perth, Australia
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

Excellent museum with extensive displays. We spent 5 hours and could only cover a part of it quickly. The English language guide was excellent. The use of the actual researchers who collected the materials to prepare and present in the audiovisual guide was fantastic.

3 Thank Mike O
Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

Spent 4 hours here, didn't even cover half of the exhibits and wasn't bored for a second! There is truly a wealth of information at this museum, even if you don't care to read anything you will spend hours here. It's not too far outside Osaka, definitely worth your time. The exhibits are well laid out, labelled, and maintained. Unlike... More 

5 Thank MistralNight
North Shore, MA
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168 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

I had only a little more than an hour to spend at the National Museum of Ethnology and wished I had had at least triple that time. This is a large and interesting museum! In my limited time, I visited only the Asian section (not including the exhibits on Japan) and was fascinated by the visual representations of various cultures.... More 

2 Thank Route128North
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649 reviews
324 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 712 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Note: if you are 65 or older, have visited the museum in the past three months, a student using the museum as part of course work, check the page below for discounts (and terms behind such discounts): http://www.minpaku.ac.jp/english/museum/information/basis When you enter the Expo 70 Commemorative Park, the ticket sellers there may try to sell you a "package" ticket without telling... More 

1 Thank EarthlingOnline
Sudbury, Canada
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162 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2013

A world class ethnology museum. Moreover, is about places of the world where an Eastern Canadian has limited opportunity to visit: Oceania, Japan, China, and other people form East Asia. That includes a rare opportunity to learn about the Mongols, Nordic people from Eastern Siberia, etc. Remarcable. Huge exposition complex, modern, pleasant to walk through. Modern facilities. Material is lavish... More 

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