The Miraikan was established to showcase the very latest scientific advances being made in Japan, and to convey the deep excitement of scientific discovery
The Miraikan is located in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, a popular tourist destination in Japan.
Located in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, the museum is a totally interactive, ‘hands-on’ place. The exhibits there are not just show-and-tell but participatory: you can physically or verbally interact with just about everything – become a part of what you are seeing. There are four different exhibition areas in the museum, each designed around a unifying theme:
- Information Science and Technology for Society (computers, Internet, etc.)
- Life Science (genomes, medicine, etc.)
- The Earth Environment and Frontiers (deep sea, outer space, etc.)
- Innovation and the Future (robotics, etc.).
Each area is staffed with highly knowledgeable ‘science communicators,’ who are there to give you detailed instruction concerning the contents of each exhibit. And to help you find quick solutions to any mysteries you encounter.
Geo-Cosmos is the symbol exhibit of the Miraikan. The first spherical display of its kind in the world, Geo-Cosmos projects such contents as ‘Our Earth Today as Seen from Outer Space.’
- Diameter: Approx. 6.5 meters (1/2,000,000th the size of the earth)
- Weight: Approx. 15 tons
2009(C) National museum of emerging science and innovation