Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Katsuyama

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Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in the world, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum houses many skeletons, dioramas, and exhibits dedicated to the former reptilian rulers of the planet. You can explore four different floors packed with themed displays, including those showcasing the evolution of dinosaur life on Earth through more than 40 skeletons, from the famed Tyrannosaurus to the lesser-known "Fukui-saurs" discovered in the surrounding region. Be sure to check the museum website for information on temporary exhibits, special events, and more. Put Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Katsuyama itinerary app.
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  • Still the same excellent Dinosaur Museum. There is currently a special exhibit about Fukui's dinosaurs, at no extra charge. You now need to book entry online before going to the museum. Entry times.....  more »
  • We absolutely loved the day at the museum. There's a great anime film that's shown without subtitles in English but we still were able to watch and enjoy it- we combined this with the nearby echizen.....  more »
  • Much better than anticipated. There were a huge number of dinosaur skeletons, including a number of real (non-replica) skulls and other bones. There were also exhibits about other animals, plants, geology, and how the Earth developed over time. Overall it reminded me of the Natural History Museum in New York City, although being Fukui and not NYC they don't have as much money. Overall, if you like dinosaurs and natural history, it's worth checking out.
  • It is a highly recommended place for all ages. You will be amazed by the reality, and the quantity of the things exhibited there. It is a terrific place to get to know from where it all began and where it all gone. The museum has various zone including hands-on where kids and adults may explore things by touching, turning, twisting, pulling and so on. You may stare at the real scientists and technicians while they are at work from behind a see-through window. There is a movie theatre to see a movie about 3-4 various topics for one to choose. At an additional cost, visitors may participate in outdoor excavation activities in spring and fall (you can reserve a space over the NET 2 days prior to your visit). There is only ONE restaurant always crowded and no space to sit and eat your own food (actually prohibited). However, I recommend to bring your own food and eat it outside on a green playground with a big slide for your kids to enjoy, just a few meter away from the main building.

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