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Library and DB


Our library has Japan’s largest collection of materials related to cultural anthropology and ethnology. Except for some rare books, library books and materials are available to all.

Ethnology Research Archives

The museum collects and makes publicly available anthropological and ethnological field notes, manuscripts, and videos and other visual materials created in the field.


Minpaku is now in the process of constructing databases of the many research materials, research results, and artifacts in its collections, to make them more widely available to researchers.

National Museum of Ethnology Visual Ethnography

MINPAKU Repository

The museum also collects, catalogues, and and makes publicly available publications by researchers associated with the museum.

Open Access Resources

Please contact us if you would like to use ethnological artifacts from the museum’s collections.