Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is one of the largest dinosaur museums in the world located in Katsuyama city of Fukui prefecture. It is one of the many museums in Japan supported by its prefecture. Let’s have a look at this museum that has a lot to offer to tourists.
Katsuyama is one of the Japanese cities where the largest number of dinosaur fossils have been found. The museum contains three floors: “Dinosaur World”, ” Earth Sciences” and “History Of Life”. There are 40 dinosaur skeleton exhibits after a passage called ‘Dino Street’ in the basement of the museum followed by more than a thousand dinosaur specimens and dioramas on display in the main hall. There is a hands-on exhibition room called ‘Dino Lab’ with a huge display of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the center of the room. There are also outdoor exhibits to complement the main ones in the museum.
The Second floor consists of exhibits on plate tectonics, rock formation and other earth sciences. The third floor focuses on the history of life with exhibits of evolution from single celled organisms to modern day mammals. This museum is the only dinosaur museum in Japan and is one of the ‘world’s three great dinosaur museums’ along with the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology in Canada and the Zigong Museum in China.
The museum opened in 2000 and was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. It is, in fact, the largest museum in Japan with wide spaces for the display of dinosaur specimens.
Going to Katsuyama requires a 1-hour train ride from JR Fukui Station. You can reach the museum from the main Katsuyama station by community bus or taxi which will take around 10 to 15 minutes. The museum is open until 5 pm and is usually closed on alternate Wednesdays. There is wifi available at the museum. There is no fee for senior citizens and kids below 6 years. There are group discounts and special exhibit fees as well.
Do not forget to visit this huge museum and be ready to be amazed by the ‘lost world’ of dinosaurs. It is one of the famous attractions in Katsuyama city and Fukui prefecture, attracting a lot of visitors not only from Japan but also from abroad.