Sunday, April 29, 2012

National Museum of Nature and Science

It was raining on our first full day in Tokyo, so we decided to visit the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno park.  Before we got on the JR line, we stopped and got donuts at the Krispy Kreme shop across the street from the hotel.  Eating donuts became much too common of a theme during the first few days of the trip.

When we arrived at the museum, we ran into Tim's brother Top and his family.  We knew that we had overlapping trips, and had talked about doing something together, but this was unplanned.   Aside from a few photos, however, we didn't spend a lot of time together.

We actually split up for part of the museum; the girls with me, and Jacob with Tim.  This actually works out well, because while Aleena and Nalin have their trying moments together, they generally get along pretty well.  When we eventually reunited, I remember getting pretty annoyed with Jacob's behavior, although at this point I can't quite remember entirely why.

I really liked the museum.  It had exhibits on a lot of areas, including geology, space, chemistry, anthropology, animals and more.  There was a rocket engine and an airplane on display.  The biggest hit with the kids was a a section for hands on science.  It may have been better if we had went to that area first and spent more time there.

Before we left for our trip, I read a negative review of the museum from a tourist who was unhappy because many of the exhibits did not have signs in English, rather only in Japanese.  While it is true that someone who can read Japanese could learn more from the exhibits, I found that there was more than enough there to make the visit worthwhile.  

We had planned on visiting the TMG tower to see the city, but because of the rain and the fact that we were tired, we ended up having dinner and calling it a day.






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