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

Beads in the World

The Special Exhibition Hall, National Museum of Ethnology
March 9 - June 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Entry permitted until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed on
Wednesdays (Except for May 3)
Admission Free Day
March 12 (Sunday)
Presented by
the National Museum of Ethnology
Assisted by
Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu Asuka Museum, Museum of Yayoi Culture, Okayama Orient Museum, NPO Kyoto Kofu Hozonkai (Kyoto Antique Fabrics Preservation Association), Osaka Center For Cultural Heritage, Kobe lampwork glass museum , Matsuno Industry Co., Ltd, Mikimoto Pearl Island Co., Ltd., The Senri Foundation
Admission Fee
Adults ¥420 (¥350), senior high school and college/university students ¥250 (¥200), elementary and junior high school students  Free *Visitors can also view the main exhibitions .

  • The discount fees in parentheses are applied to visitors in groups of 20 or more, college students who use the museum for classes, senior high school students who use the museum for the purpose of writing papers for classes, those who have visited the museum within the previous three months, and those who are 65 years old and over. (Appropriate documents are required for the discounts.) College students include students of junior colleges, universities, graduate schools, and vocational schools.
  • When entering from Shizenbunkaen Park (the Natural and Cultural Gardens park), please purchase a museum admission ticket at the ticket machine located next to the gate. With the ticket, you can pass through the park for free.
  • Admission is free for a visitor with a physical disability certificate and also for his/her attendant.
  • Admission to the museum is free every Saturday for senior high school students; however, if you come to the museum through Shizenbunkaen Park (the Natural and Cultural Gardens park), an admission fee is charged for the park.

●Shuttle Bus Service
There is a shuttle service from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line to the National Museum of Ethnology during the exhibition period. Please use our shuttle bus service.
◆ 11 round trips per day ◆ The bus ride takes 10 minutes ◆ Free of charge
The service is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays between March 9 (Thursday) and June 6 (Tuesday), except on May 13 (Saturday), May 14 (Sunday), May 20 (Saturday), and May 21 (Sunday).
*may be temporarily unavailable when Expo '70 Commemorative Park holds an event.

More details can be found here.[in Japanese]