What is Miraikan ?
Miraikan is a place where we can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view, and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us. In addition to exhibitions that provide people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology, Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes experienced based classes, and talks. Visitors can experience the technological progress of today, from simple day-to-day questions, to the latest technologies, the global environment, space exploration and life science.
Message from Director
Miraikan considers science and technology to be one of many cultures in human society, each of which develops wisdom. Miraikan opened in 2001 based on this philosophy as a place for open discussion. Each permanent exhibition in Miraikan has been created and overseen with leading researchers so that all who visit may consider the role and potential for science and technology, and together design a society of the future. Furthermore, the museum cooperates and collaborates with organizations worldwide in creation of special exhibitions to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of science and technology as a part of culture.
Another focus Miraikan emphasizes is the cultivation of Science Communicators (SCs) who connect all people to science so that, together they can build a sustainable future. We continuously train and produce SCs through our daily science communication activities that, include creating opportunities for dialogue on science and technology, and encouraging cooperation in numerous roles both inside and outside the museum.
Miraikan is also a research center, a unique initiative for a science museum. Across the corridor from the exhibit hall, the research facility allows visitors to observe scientists up close as they conduct advanced experiments in countless areas of research. The researchers proactively host events, workshops, and science communication activities in cooperation with museum staff in order to promote better understanding of their research.
The role of science museums throughout the world is changing rapidly with the dizzying pace of change in society. Miraikan hosted the Science Centre World Summit 2017 as the first time in Asia, to further promote a global viewpoint in science museums. After deepening the discussions among museum leaders, educators, government personnel, and business people from throughout the world, the "Tokyo Protocol*" was compiled as an action plan and behavioral guideline for science museums to assist in the realization of a sustainable future. Miraikan works with science museums of the world to undertake the role to create a sustainable society by science communication activities such as collaborative exhibitions, involving the world's youth, and creating partnerships among all areas of society based on the Tokyo Protocol.
Miraikan will continue to serve as a venue for science communications open to the world, to consider its role in science and technology, and to incorporate the wisdom of numerous domains in order to contribute to the future society for all of humanity. In this, we ask for your ongoing understanding and support.
Mohri Mamoru, Ph. D.
Chief Executive Director