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

Design for a Digital Museum

Joint Research Coordinator SUGITA Shigeharu

Reserch Theme List


The exhibits at the National Museum of Ethnology should not just showcase “things,” but should also provide information concerning them, and offer content that will deepen understanding of other cultures through cultural comparisons. For that reason, our research groups plans to consider the effective use of systems employing multimedia. This would result not just in the one-sided transmission of information on various aspects of cultures and civilizations which would be difficult to understand solely with the objects themselves, but rather to create an interactive (two-way oriented) digital museum that will be able to provide information in line with the various requests of the visitors. We plan to consider the form that this digital museum should take from various viewpoints, so as to design exhibits in which Internet and package-type media coexist with displays of actual objects.