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The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館, Meguro kiseichūkan) is a small medical museum in the Meguro Ward in central Tokyo, Japan. The museum is devoted to parasites and the science of parasitology, and was founded in 1953 by Dr. Satoru Kamegai, rebuilt to its present building in 1993. The two-story exhibition space provides an educational overview of the diversity of parasites in the natural world and their life cycles. The second floor exhibition space has an emphasis on parasites in humans and their effects (including the nematode, the trematode, and the tapeworm). On display are 300 preserved specimens, including an 8.8 metres (29 ft)-long Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense tapeworm. The research library contains 60,000 parasite specimens, as well as 50,000 papers and 5,000 books on parasitology. The museum has a gift counter on the second floor, where visitors can purchase a museum guidebook, postcards, T-shirts, or mobile-phone straps with actual parasites embedded in acrylic (either Nybelinia surmenicola or Oncomelania nosophora).
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
6 days ago
Average. On one side, it's good because it's free, but in the other hand there isn't much to see in it. You may expect to see horrific parasites but most of the things you will see are fairly "small". By the way, the museum is small too! Most of the museum is in Japanese so you better go with somebody who can read it all. In the end, when one goes to such places it's probably to live some kind of experience, see stuff you wouldn't even imagine, bit to my opinion you can get more chills spending an evening on YouTube watching videos about parasites.
5 months ago
Understandably, most of the exhibits were in Japanese. However, there was still a great deal to see as an English speaker! The staff member also spoke pretty fluent English, which was definitely welcome. The tour is a short, small two floors, but well worth the visit. They appreciate donations, and the entry is free. They also have small lockers for your stuff while you are there, but they require a 100 yen coin to use.
14 days ago
Interesting little musuem. Some information in English - I didn't use audio so I can't speak to that. Definetly recommend if you're in the area and have some time to spare!
3 months ago
A rare hidden gem. Such a quirky and interesting place. It is educational, highlighting something most would not want to explore. Wish more of the exhibits would have English text.
3 months ago
The museum is a proper research institute, well organized and thoroughly educational. You learn that fully 70,000 species - 6% of all animals - are of the parasitic persuasion. And 300 such specimens are on show here. The star attraction is undoubtedly the 8.8-meter tapeworm that was hauled out of some guy after he ate raw trout (believe me: if you get a trout, you cook it). Compared with some of the denizens of the formalin jars here and the hideous effects they wreak, John Hurt's late dinner companion in Alien seems almost benign.