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


  • ●Drums: A Spirited Sound
  • ●Gongs: The sound of power
  • ●Oboe: Performing sounds
  • ●Guitar: Sounds in history
Through sounds, we humans convey messages, express emotions, know our surroundings, imagine far away times and places, inspire or console ourselves, and communicate with gods and spirits. With examples from all over the world, this exhibition shows how sounds and music are deeply related to our identity as humans.