The Meiji University Museum

The Meiji University Museum, Chiyoda: Hours, Address, The Meiji University Museum Reviews: 4/5

The Meiji University Museum

The Meiji University Museum
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10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
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Based on Meiji University's founding philosophy of "Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-Government", the Meiji University Museum aims to publicly exhibit the achievements of its academic pursuits and to also serve as an institution of learning. The Museum is divided into three departments, each having a distinct origin. The Commodity Department, the successor to the "Commodities Museum" considers lifestyles through commodities; and the Criminal Materials Department, follows in the footsteps of its predecessor the "Museum of Criminology" and contemplates law and human rights. The Archaeology Department, formerly the "Archaeological Museum", is concerned with humankind's past and diversity. In this 21st century, we are embroiled in a myriad of problems. We hope some hint to overcoming them can be found in this museum.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.

63 reviews
Very good

Tokyo, Japan454 contributions
Sep 2017
I was in the neighborhood so stopped by this little university museum. I had also visited 20 years before when it was just a museum dedicated to displays on criminology, now it had expanded to include early Japanese history. Although there was little available in English, it wasn't hard to figure out the policing tools on display in the criminology section or the archeological displays (maps helped). My visit lasted less than an hour, but it was interesting. The museum is small enough that it's hard to recommend making a special trip for it, but if you have other reasons to be in the area, it's worth dropping in.
Written 4 September 2017
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Singapore8 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
The crime and punishment section of the museum was interesting and intriguing, with very cool displays. There was also an archaeology section as well as a section on Japanese commodities and materials, all of which was quite interesting. It's a small gallery though, so can get through very fast. Most of the content is in japanese though, not very helpful for foreigners
Written 5 December 2016
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London861 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
We went to this museum because it houses a section specifically dedicated to torture in Japan .... which was good but which wasn't really fair because it also housed some very interesting other exhibits. Located in the two basement floors below the Meiji University there are sections covering Archaeology, Criminal Materials, Commodities and most interesting of all, the history of how the University was founded and the path to where it is today. All this for free. A few more English explanations would have been helpful but there was certainly enough to get you round.
Written 8 May 2014
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The Meiji University Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00