With the main theme of "Space and Energy", Osaka Science Museum was opened in October 1989 in Nakanoshima, Kitaku to mark the 100th anniversary of the Osaka City's formation, becoming the first science museum and also the first planetarium in Japan.
The Museum is not shameful to be a pioneering science museum with an enormous collection of scientific resources, namely the Japanese first fully-fledged chemistry laboratory, the pre-war electrical measuring devices, the Cockcroft-Walton accelerator. And if you have a passion for astronomy and the stars, the Museum can offer you the ocean of books and magazines of astronomy which you can not find any more comprehensive one in Western Japan. The Museum also witnessed a historical invention of Japan. The time in which science and technology was underdeveloped with poor material facilities, Hideki Yukawa created his theory on mesons, for which he was awarded a Nobel prize- the very first one of Japan. Cosmic waves were also measured the first time here.
Osaka Science Museum
Exhibitions and science shows
Visitors come to the Museum to take a clear look at the space and energy which are used to be out of their reach, through not only looking but touching and playing. They can explore the history of science through exhibitions in the system of four floors, each floor focusing on a different theme and showing scientific principles in action. The total of about 200 interactive science exhibits will give you the feeling of genuine science.
The 1st floor - Electricity and Energy is where you can explore exhibits displaying power generators, power transmitters,old fashioned appliances. You can even experience generating your own appliances.
The 2nd floor - Enjoy Science is intended for infants and their guardians. Children will have a chance to put their hands on the metal wire's massive cords which are used in industrial power cables, and then operate hand cranks and treadmills to surprisedly see how they create power.
The 3rd Floor - Familiar Chemistry introduces chemistries of various materials that support our life, such as metals, jewels, plastics, medicine.
The 4th Floor - The Universe and Discovery covers lots of experimental devices which investigating the scientific fundamental laws.
One day, in science show corner in 3rd floor of the exhibit hall, live science exhibit shows with science demonstrations happen in several times. The show runs approximately 30 minute. Professional staffs will perform the science experiments in front of the audiences. The theme of the experiments changes every 3 months. These are in Japanese only and you may need some scientific knowledge to enjoy them.
What makes the Museum different and special if the Planetarium Hall with the Night sky and surprising Universe with each show of approximately 45 minute. The planetarium has just equipped modern digital system with a high-performance projector that can bring to you 28,000 stars from the world's fifth largest dome screen with a radius of 26.5 meters. The sense of presence, the images and sound produced will lead you to gasped in amazement when you stand under an immense sky full of stars.
The Osaka Science Museum opens from 9:30am until 5:00pm for the exhibition hall, and the last Admission is at 4:30pm, and the last Planetarium program is at 4:00pm.
And it is closed during Monday, if Monday is a National Holiday the museum might be temporarily closed on the following day, and the year-end and New Year Holidays (Dec, 28 to Jan 4)
The Museum Shop is open from 10:30am until 05:30pm
The Café is open from 9:30am until 04:30pm (seats 60, last order is 4:00pm)
The admission fee for the Osaka Science Museum is 400 yen for Adults in the Exhibition hall, and 600 yen for the Planetarium hall.
While 300 yen for the University or college students and 450 yen for the Planetarium hall.
For the Elementary and High school and junior students is free for the exhibition hall, while 300 yen for the Planetarium hall
The Osaka Science Museum is located on Nakanoshima Island directly adjacent to the National Museum of Art Osaka.
By Train: - It is approximately 500meters walk from exit 3 of Higobashi station on the Osaka Subway Yotsubashi Line.
- And approximately 400m walk southwest from exit 2 of Watanabebashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line.
- And approximately 900m walk south form Fukushima Station on the Hanshin Main Line, the JR Osaka Loop Line and Shin Fukushima Station on the JR Tozai Line.
By use of Bus:
This is very close to the “Taminobashi” bus stop on the No.53 city bus line.