The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.


10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)6-6876-2151 Building designed by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates
The National Museum of Ethnology, known as Minpaku, was founded in 1974 and opened to the public in November 1977. Its goals are to conduct cultural anthropological and ethnological research and to increase awareness and understanding of societies and cultures around the world based on that research.
The Museum design uses low-rise buildings that naturally blend with the surrounding park environment while evoking the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture. The ground floor is a storage area, the second floor includes exhibition halls, and research facilities are grouped on the third and fourth floors. The central patio brings natural light and a sense of openness into the interior spaces.
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