Family friendly museums in Tokyo you didn’t know existed

Tokyo has many museums, each dedicated to a specific discipline. Other than the more well-known and popular museums (included at the bottom of this list), which other museums do you know? Many of them have interactive exhibits where you and your children can have fun, and learn at the same time!

1. Tokyo Water Science Museum, Odaiba

A museum that is all about water. There are exhibits where children can explore water, and a laboratory to show how water is treated.

Recommended amount of time needed: 1 hour

Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Admission fee: Free

Location: 3-1-8 Ariake, Koto-ku. 8 mins walk from Tokyo Teleport station or Kokusai-tenjijo station.

2. Gas Science Museum, Toyosu

7 exhibits zones about how energy and gas are used in our life. The museum provides hands-on workshops mainly on weekends and public holidays.

Recommended amount of time needed: 3 hours

Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Admission fee: Free

Location: 6-1-1 Toyosu, Koto-ku. 6 mins walk from Toyosu station. 

3. Sony Explora Science, Odaiba

A hands-on science hall about light, sound and entertainment. You can explore new technologies in areas such as games, music and film.

Recommended amount of time needed: 1 hour

Opening hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Admission fee: 500yen for adults, 300 yen for children aged 3-15 years old, free for children 2 & under. 

Location: 5F of Aqua City Odaiba. 2 mins walk from Daiba station  or 5 mins walk for Tokyo Teleport station.

4. Science Museum, Kudanshita

A museum dedicated to science and technology. The exhibits are mostly interactive and you are encouraged to play with them. The museum is located next to the Kitanomaru Park, which is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring.

Recommended amount of time needed: 3 hours

Opening hours: 9:30am – 4:50pm. Closed on Wednesdays. 

Admission fee: 720yen for adults, 410yen for junior and senior high school students, 260yen for children from 4 years old and elementary school students.

Location: 6 mins walk from Takebashi station or 8 mins walk from Kudanshita station. 

5. Museum of Maritime Science, Daiba

A museum dedicated to ships and the seas. The main museum is under renovation, but you can still visit one of their main exhibit, the ‘Soya’, Japan’s first Antarctic research ship.

Recommended amount of time needed:  2 hours

Opening hours: 10:00am – 17:00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Admission fee: Free

Location: Funenokagakukan station