The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Regional Exhibitions Cross-cultural Exhibitions

Regional Exhibitions Cross-cultural Exhibitions

Minpaku exhibits are divided into regional and cross-cultural exhibits.
The regional exhibits are subdivided by region-Oceania, Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, including Japan. Starting from Oceania, visitors circle the globe to the east, arriving at Japan at the end. This structure deepens our understanding of how Japanese culture is linked to cultures in other parts of the world. One of Minpaku's founding principles has been to design exhibits based on our awareness that all cultures are equal; no cultures or ethnic groups are superior to others. Our exhibits celebrate cultural difference as evidence of the richness and diversity of humanity.
To make those lifeways easier to understand, we focus on clothing, food, and shelter, the basic necessities of all human lives.
In contrast to regional exhibits, cross-cultural exhibits are not limited to any one region. Instead they focus on particular topics, explored from a global perspective. At present, music and language are topics also featured in two standing exhibits.


Minpaku Digital Guide (Free of charge)

[img]The Minpaku Digital Guide is a portable device that lets you select video and audio explanations of the exhibits you see while visiting the museum. The information provided by the Guide explains how the artifacts on display are used, where, and by whom.
The guide is free and available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean versions at the ticket counter on the second floor of the museum.