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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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4.5 (11501)

51-11 Murokochō Terao, Katsuyama, Fukui 911-8601, Japan

Modern paleontology museum featuring reconstructed dinosaur bones, fossils & outdoor excavations.

hourglassDuration: 03h00min

phone+81 779-88-0001
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clockOpening hours

Mondays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Akihiro Yamaguchi in the last week

Nestled in the heart of Fukui, this remarkable museum is a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts. As you step off at Fukui Station, you’ll be greeted by a bipedal dinosaur clad in a white lab coat—a whimsical introduction to the prehistoric wonders that await. The journey to the museum involves a scenic 75-minute ride via local train and bus, but the anticipation builds with each passing minute. Once you arrive, prepare to be awestruck by the sheer number of skeletal models on display. From towering T. rex replicas to intricate stegosaurs, the collection spans eons and ignites curiosity. But it’s not just about static exhibits. Witness the meticulous work of paleontologists as they delicately clean fossilized mud from unearthed bones—a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of discovery. Whether you’re a seasoned dino aficionado or a curious traveler, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum promises an adventure that transcends time. 🦕🌿🔍 For more information and to secure your spot, be sure to reserve your timed entry ticket in advance through the museum’s website. And don’t forget your sense of wonder—it’s the best companion for exploring ancient mysteries! 🌟🦖

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Steven Tan 2 months ago

We went here during near Chriatmas & outside was all covered in snow. Good place to bring kids & can easily spend 2 hours here. The museum is well structured & very informative.

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Дарья Каратаева 4 months ago

We were at least 30 minutes late (bought tickets 1 day in advance) but still were allowed to enter 👍😃 2-3 dinosaurs move their body, except for the legs. Moving eyes are the most impressive 🙈 - can be scary for kids. Lots of amazing exhibits 🤩 : dinosaurs 🦕, mammoth 🐘, elk, skeletons of different types of humans. 2-3 hours is not enough. For the whole day visit. All shops and restaurants close together with the museum at about 17:00 - that's a pity 🙄 If you buy a ticket online in advance, you can enter much quicker - it took us about 5 minutes to enter during the weekend.

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Sora Kasugano 5 months ago

Highly recommended. You can take a look at (and in some areas even touch) many different dinosaurs. They not only have dinosaurs, but also many interesting stones and the like. Nearly all of the signs come with an English translation, enabling you to make your way through the museum easily. In case you didn't purchase your ticket prior to your arrival, there is a very easy to use ticket machine and some friendly staff at the museums entry.

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Jun Mao Tan 7 months ago

Amazing place and really worth the visit. For english users buying tix to the permanent exhibition was easy. You can not buy the Dino-A-Live event tickets on site and must be bought in advance. Come early (around 8am) as when i left at around 12pm. The queue to go up to the museum by car was horrible. Parking lots are limited as well so you will be routed to further away car parks. Mosy exhibits have English translations, and you can rent an audio guide as well. Word of advice if you are visiting. Try to go on the weekdays, the weekend is really crowded with families.