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Meguro Parasitological Museum

4-1-1 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3716-1264
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For the parasite lovers

Great little museum for all those people interested in parasites. It's a short walk from meguru... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
berry_crumble
via mobile
Could've been more interactive

The exhibits consisted of specimens in jars, with small explanations. Not all accompanying... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Tahlia W
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The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a private research facility that was established in 1953 with the private funds of a medical doctor, Satoru Kamegai. The museum exhibits about 300 parasite specimens and related material. On the first floor we present the "Diversity of Parasites" displaying various types of parasitic specimens with accompanying educational movies. The second floor exhibits are "Human and Zoonotic Parasites" showing parasite lifecycles and the symptoms they cause during human infection. In addition to research, the museum also performs other activities such as education and provides special publications. The museum has been admission free since it was established. However, running the museum has become more costly, and donations from individuals and corporations provide us with an invaluable financial resource. Therefore, your contribution is essential and will be very much appreciated.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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4-1-1 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Great little museum for all those people interested in parasites. It's a short walk from meguru station, entrance is free, donations welcome. You'll find an overview over most of the parasites and can even experience the length of a tapeworm. Most information is in Japanese,...More

Thank berry_crumble
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

The exhibits consisted of specimens in jars, with small explanations. Not all accompanying explanations were in English but it's cool to look at anyway. Exhibits could've been more interactive and expansive as we were in and out in 30 minutes.

Thank Tahlia W
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I went to this museum a few weeks ago. I thought it was absolutely fascinating. So much to see and learn about, and the world's longest tapeworm is, as the Japanese say, "omoshiroi". As a returned resident of Tokyo I would recommend a visit not...More

Thank DashaRiver
Reviewed 30 January 2017

言わずと知れた目黒の名スポット。人によってはかなりゾワゾワしてしまいそうですが、展示は至ってシンプルで学術的、そしてお子さんにも分かりやすい形式になっています。寄生虫だけでなく寄生生物の標本もあります。 もっと広い展示スペースを想像していましたが、意外とこぢんまりとしていました。無料であることを差し引いても、カップルや親子連れで来館している人が多い、というのもビックリ。かつての日本に比べれば衛生状態は格段と高まったものの、根絶したわけではありませんから、寄生虫の存在、及び罹った時の状況・対処方法を知るにはいい施設だと思います。 海外からの観光客もちらほら見られましたが、展示物はおおむね日本語。英語での紹介もあればいいのかもしれません。 This museum is one of the representative spots in Meguro-ku. Although some visitors may feel uncomfortable, The museum's exhibits are beneficial for most people, because parasites are deeply involved with human life. Although the exhibition method is academic, it is very simple....More

Thank Cyber0515
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

If you like weird collections, this is one to tick off your list. There is a piece of white ribbon (I think 4 metres?) that graphically shows the length of a tapeworm extracted from some poor soul. I like to support these tiny collections when...More

1  Thank Freya C
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Small place divided into two floors. You can see it all in less than an hour. The star of the show is a very big tape worm. Not many English explanations, but it is free (they accept donations) and worth a visit. As a bonus...More

Thank Alejandro_B
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a humble and eager institution, and despite all the language and cultural barriers I can understand and respect their mission. Still, for a Western tourist there is not much to see, and it's a bit of a hike from the nearest train station....More

1  Thank gridskipper
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I use to love these kind of bizarre museum (and such) who displays all kind of wierd things. This museum is, however, kind of not interesting at all. Sure, they have some parasites in jars, but most of them kind of look the same. The...More

1  Thank fiskhumla
Reviewed 18 July 2016

The Parasitological Museum is a collection of diseased, infected and parasitised organisms. The museum is very small - two floors the size of an apartment and it takes 15-20 minutes to see everything. Entry is free but a donation is recommended. I'm into unusual attractions...More

1  Thank Earthstuff
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Rather basic basic. Presentation, even for Japan, was made for small kids (I doubt it) or very small people. A little curiosity if you happen to be in the area. Rather strange rules for museum behaviour amongst which 'no photograhing in the museum shop'! Why?...More

1  Thank StephenGeven
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