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

The Great Ocean Voyage: Vaka Moana and Island Life Today

The Great Ocean Voyage: Vaka Moana and Island Life Today

Vaka Moana (Special Exhibition Hall, 1st Floor)
About 130,000 years ago, our human ancestors began moving out of Africa across the world. Some went to the Mediterranean, and others went to the east, and continued their journeys to the north and south.
Although humans had settled all continents before 50,000 years ago, they had not succeeded to settle in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. It was still hard to cross the Pacific and find new islands. Five to six thousand years ago, people began to move across the ocean. Improvements in the skills of cultivation and navigation made this possible. People crossed the ocean by boat with their domestic plants and animals.
At last, by 700 years ago, most of the inhabitable islands were explored and settled. This great journey by the ancestors of Oceanic peoples required several thousand years and was the last stage of world exploration by humans.
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Period: Thursday, 13th Sept. - Tuesday, 11th Dec.
Admission Charges: Adults ¥1,000 (¥700) / Students of Senior High School or College ¥530 (¥300) / Children (Elementary and Junior High School) ¥300 (¥150)
Brackets mark price for individual on group of 20 people or more.

Visitors in the following categories qualify for a discounted admission charge (documentation is required)
(1) Students who use the Museum as part of their course work. Conditions apply; please submit a syllabus or curriculum as evidence.
(2) Repeat visitors: those who have visited the Museum within the previous three months. A ticket used in the last three months is required.
(3) Visitors aged 65 and over. Please present a document that shows your age.

  Admission for the permanent exhibition is included for these tickets.
  Admission is free every Saturday for primary school, junior high school, and senior high school students.
  Admission is free for everybody on Sep 17, Nov 3, Nov 17 and Nov 18, 2007.

Business hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Entry is permitted until 4:30 p.m.
Closing Day: Wednesday
Telephone enquiries: 06-6876-2151 (9:00 - 5:30)