Concept is “experience-based museum”
The “Food and Agriculture” Museum of Tokyo Agricultural University was opened by Tokyo Agricultural University in April 2004 in cooperation with the Institute of Evolutionary Biology. The concept is not just a museum that you can see, but an “experience-based museum” that you can hear, touch, and experience with all five senses and free admission.
The urban exterior building was designed by architect Kengo Kuma and created with an organic fusion of exhibition spaces inside the building, the cafe, and the Institute for Evolutionary Biology ” Violium “adjacent. Was
At the doorway, there was a chicken object large enough to look up, and high expectations even before entering. The first floor has a special exhibition and a cafe, and the second floor has a permanent exhibition.
121 chicken specimens and 280 bottles of wine are a masterpiece
The most special display in the “Food and Agriculture” museum is the staggering number of molting chickens. A total of 121 Japanese chickens and foreign breeds considered a national natural monument were on display. The incident is that 4 wild chicken breeds are considered ancestors of our chickens, 26 Japanese breeds of which 16 are designated natural and 11 exotic breeds, including the phylogenetic scheme.
Another famous exhibition at the Food and Agriculture Museum is a collection of 280 bottles. Tokyo Agricultural University has a brewery department, but this is the only university in Japan with an educational institution called “brewing”. Bottles of wine ordered from breweries across the country run by graduate students from the brewery department are lit up and displayed beautifully and majesticly.
Not only sake bottles, old sake bowls and sake cookers are also on display. The jars were collected by Mr. Kinshi Sumie, the founder of the brewery division, and you can learn about the drinking culture and characteristics of each region from 200 exhibits. You can also learn about the history of sake production while looking at old tools that were actually used.
In addition, special exhibitions on a variety of topics are being held. Events that children and adults can participate in, such as sample preparation and food education courses, are also held at any time.
“Violium” erases the relationship between the zoo and the botanical garden
In the “Violium” greenhouse adjacent to the museum, you can observe the precious plants and animals that the Institute of Biological Sciences
Collected from all over the world. Tropical flora and fauna from Africa, Australia, Madagascar, Central and South America, etc. are on display. In addition, the small museum in the back of the violin displays live reptiles and insects.
Admission to the Violium and Mini Museum is also free. If you sign up for a pre-paid tour, you can get detailed explanations of animals and plants from researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biological Sciences. (Fee is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children. There are discounts for groups)
* General Incorporated Foundation’s Evolutionary Biology Research Institute: Approved in 1974 with the “Tokyo Agricultural University Breeding Research Institute” by Dr. Norio Kondo, professor of the Department of Agriculture, University of Agriculture Tokyo was founded in 1950. Okay. A rare laboratory in Japan collects living specimens and plants and animals and places them at the center of research.
The cafe also has an original menu from Tokyo Agricultural University
There is an open coffee shop “Cafe Petit Radish” on the first floor of the museum. “Camcam Drink” uses Kamcam, which is said to be the fruit with the most vitamin C on the planet, “Emu Raw Dorayaki” is made from Emu eggs grown in Okhotsk and deep sea water in the Sea of Okhotsk, etc. Original menu is offered level.
If you are interested in food and agriculture, this museum is well worth a visit. In addition to the exhibits shown this time, the museum also houses many, including old implements used in Japan, diorama reenactments of old folk houses and exhibits of living bodies of Crione.
For special exhibitions and events, please check the latest information on the museum homepage.
Museum “Food and Agriculture”, Tokyo Agricultural University
2-4-28 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: April – November 10: 00-17: 00 December – 10: 00-16: 30 March (Admission 30 minutes before closing)