Miraikan has been renewed a large part of its permanent exhibition on April 20, 2016. In addition to the introduction of new exhibits and renovating existing spaces, new content has been also added to the Dome Theater.

New Exhibits

Mission Survival: 10 Billion

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters have caused great damage to many lives. Plus, science, technology and transportation have developed bringing with them unexpected new types of disasters, as nuclear disasters, weather abnormalities and the spread of epidemic diseases. This exhibit allows us to better understand the mechanisms of, and the damage caused by disasters. Let's consider what we who live in the 21st century need to do to survive in this world.
Venue: "Explore the frontiers," a permanent exhibition on the fifth floor
Scientific Advisors: Atsuo Kishimoto (the Graduate School of Public Policy and UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute), Hitoshi Oshitani (Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine), Eiichi Tajika (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
Supervisor: Mamoru Mohri (Chief Executive Director of the Miraikan, astronaut)
≫Permanent Exhibition”Mission Survival: 10 Billion”

Backward from the Future

In this exhibit you experience in an interactive game on what kind of Earth you can leave to your descendants 50 years from now. What should we do to preserve our current Earth for the next-generation? Think about the lifestyle and scientific technology needed to make the ideal Earth a reality by overcoming numerous challenges to reach that ideal. By envisioning an ideal future and thinking backwards, we can realize what we are supposed to do at present.
Venue: "Create your future," a permanent exhibition on the third floor
Shinichiro Ohgaki (President of Japan Water Research Center)
Scientific Advisors: Keisuke Hanaki(The University of Tokyo), Yoshinori Hiroi(Kyoto University)), Toshio Katsukawa(Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology)), Nobuko Kibe(National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)), Ryuji , Matsuhashi(The University of Tokyo)), Masaaki Miyasako(Tokyo University of the Arts), Yuji Yamamoto(Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. / MinaCare Co., Ltd.)
>>Permanent Exhibition"Backward from the Future"

Nobel Q — Questions from Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize was established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. The prize is awarded to "the person who has contributed the most to the happiness of mankind". In this exhibit, Miraikan presents messages it has received from Nobel Laureates that have visited the museum. The messages are in the form of questions. Please, take time to think about how you would answer these unique questions.
Venue: "Create your future," a permanent exhibition on the third floor
>>Permanent Exhibition"Nobel Q — Questions from Nobel Laureates"


This system uses AR (augmented reality) technology to display data and simulations overlaid on the Geo-Cosmos. Touchscreen terminals in the 1F Symbol Zone and on the Oval Bridge offer a 360° view of visualized data displayed on Earth via dynamically interwoven CG and video images from multiple cameras. In addition, the Geo-Prism has been designed to enable researchers and creators to develop their own contents.
- Ocean General Circulation Simulation
- Water Cycle Observation Satellite "SHIZUKU"
- Global Tweet Timeline
Venue: Oval Bridge, Symbol Zone
>>Permanent Exhibition"Geo-Prism"


Located at the center of the Oval Bridge that links the 3rd and 5th floor, the Geo-Cockpit is the control room for the Geo-Cosmos and the rest of the “Geo-Tools”. The concept behind the design of the curved, cutting-edge technology glass used for the Geo-Cockpit, is the transparency and flexibility of our Japan, and worldwide collaborations.
Venue: Oval Bridge

Laboratory to Explore the Frontiers

Human curiosity has not only expanded towards the depths of the Earth via ocean depths, and towards the Solar System and other places far away in the Universe. Here, we will introduce research that continues to explore the frontiers. Among the exhibits are models of the Subaru Telescope, a huge telescope to peer into space, and of Chikyu, the scientific drilling ship with the most advance drilling force in the world, a real H-IIA rocket engine, and a "Gandalfus yunohana", a species of crab that lives in an extreme environment at the depths of the ocean.
Venue: "Explore the frontiers," a permanent exhibition on the fifth floor
>>Permanent Exhibition"Laboratory to Explore the Frontiers"

New Program for the Dome Theater

The Man from the 9 Dimensions

Physics is in crisis; our understandings of the microscopic world of elementary particles and of the macroscopic world of the universe are contradicting. Scientists are striving to resolve the contradiction and construct the Theory of Everything. Be ready to be surprised by the new world of dancing strings and hidden dimensions predicted by the most promising hypothesis, the Superstring Theory.
Scientific Advisor: Hirosi Ooguri (Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, and Principal Investigator of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo)
≫Dome Theater"The Man from the 9 Dimensions"



The "co" of Co-Studio is Latin for "to do something together". Let's think together about the changes science and technology may bring to our lives. There is a menu of activities such as workshops, mini-talks, and events where researchers themselves explain their work to the audience.
Venue: "Explore the frontiers," a permanent exhibition on the fifth floor

Future Gate / Frontier Gate

Large displays are installed at both the entrance of "Create your Future" 3F and "Explore the Frontiers" 5F. The displays show some of the thoughts visitors had while interacting with exhibitions. The thoughts are presented in the form "Find "Why", think about it, and do it" With the smartphone app "Miraikan Notebook", you can experience these 3 steps yourself, and have access to a wide range of other peoples' thoughts and wishes. Among them, you may find comments from famous people, so please take a look. The screen of the display also serves as a chair. Feel free to take a break here or use it as a meeting place.
>>Activity"Future Gate / Frontier Gate"

Smartphone App

Smartphone App"Miraikan Notebook"

Find "Why", think about it, and do it. -- this is what the experience at Miraikan is about. We will release an app that allows you to expand that experience into your day-to-day life. Using them as a memo book every day may lead you to a slightly different future.
>>Activity"Miraikan Notebook"

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