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

Island Life Today Special Exhibition Hall, 2nd Floor
What is the life now of the descendants of the people who navigated all over the Pacific? The last 30 years since the National Museum of Ethnology opened is quite a short period compared to the long history of humanity, but in this short period, we have experienced dramatic and global changes in society and the environment.
Here, valuable ethnographic materials collected by the National Museum of Ethnology are used to introduce the huge variety of life-styles among descendants of the oceanic voyagers. The areas represented are the Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Easter Island and Madagascar. Mat -making techniques widely used by the Pacific islanders to make sails are also introduced.
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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)