Get to Know Parasites a Bit Better: Meguro Parasitological Museum

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  • Humans are perfect hosts to nearly 300 parasitic worms around the world. Every day we come in contact with these organisms. Our knowledge of parasitic infections dates back to antiquity. The description of parasites and parasitic infections are found in the early human writings.

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    If you want to learn more about parasitic topics, it would be best to enhance your knowledge by visiting Meguro Parasitological Museum, which is located in Tokyo.

    Planning a Visit

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    Good News! There’s no admission fee because the museum is a non-profit, charitable institution. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Museum Activities

    Education

    For a vast number of researchers, the museum offers work-study programs. They also do some lectures and sell some of the parasite specimen for educational purposes.

    Collection

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    There are about 6,000 parasites collected in the museum with 1,500 specimens. The museum has a total of 50,000 papers and 6,000 books related to parasitology. I’m sure you’ll be able to find some of the unknown parasites you’ve been wanting to research. A great tool for students who want to learn more.

    Museum Shop
    If you want to purchase original parasite-related materials, you can head to the Museum Shop. It opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 pm. No shipping is allowed outside of Japan. For whatever reason, they only do that domestically. Guidebooks, consisting of 16-colored pages, are available for purchase at 450 yen. If you want to sport a parasite-fashion feel, t-shirts costing 2,300 yen to 3,380 yen are available. Apart from these, you can also buy magnets, rulers, postcards, phone straps and sticky tags.

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