Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo
Meguro Parasitological Museum: Free Thing to Do in Tokyo!
Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a small medical museum devoted to parasites and the science of parasitology. Ths museum is was founded by Dr. Satoru Kamegai in 1953. It’s located in Meguro ward, Tokyo, and approx 10 mins away from Meguro Station. The admission to the museum is free, but donations are very welcome.
The museum consists of the 2 storied exhibition space on the 1&2F of the building. The research library contains 60,000 parasite specimens and 5,000 books on parasitology. Visitors can see over 300 preserved specimens of parasites on display.
As you enter the museum, there are many types of parasites, and the exhibition explains the diversity of parasites in the natural world and their life cycles. My honest opinion after being in the museum for 5 mins?? It was pretty gross, I’m not gonna lie!! But it’s actually very interesting to learn about a little bit about parasitology, and if you are into biology, I’d say you may have some fun at this museum.
The second floor gets even more scary as they show what parasites can do to humans.. There are some photo examples how people suffered from parasites in past, and how human body get affected.
One of the highlights of the Parasitological Museum is the display of an 8.8 metres (29 ft)-long tapeworm founded inside a patient after eating trout. Next to it, there is a white rope that is an actual length of the tapeworm, and you can kind of feel how horrendous that things like this can exist inside human body!!
On the second floor, there is also a museum shop where visitors can purchase special goods including museum guidebook, postcards, T-shirts and phone straps with actual parasites embedded in acrylic (Anisakis simplex, Nybelinia surmenicola or Oncomelania nosophora).
FYI, the museum might be a little bit gross if you don’t like grotesque things, so I don’t recommend to go there for anybody who has a phobia to this sort of things. Otherwise, Meguro Parasitological Museum is a very interesting place to be, even if you are not into parasites and the science of parasitology. Just avoid going to noodle restaurants after visiting the museum!
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