Toshiba Science Museum
Kawasaki: Museum
Toshiba Science Museum: Kawasaki
Kawasaki / Museum
Open 10am-5:30pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Free admission
Average visit time: 20-40 minutes

Aimed primarily at school-aged children, this science and technology museum covers a broad range of topics, including image-recognition technology, paper recycling, geothermal generation, smart buildings, and nanotechnology. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and interactive - these include a driving simulator that takes you through a miniaturized world of nanotechnology, an elevator game where you try to keep up with the demands of impatient office-building tenants, and a static-electricity generator that offers a hair-raising experience.

Adult visitors might be more interested in the rooms devoted to Toshiba's history, products and technology. One of Toshiba's founders was a renowned clockmaker who also built automata, and several of his inventions and other artefacts are on display. There's also a room devoted to "firsts" - early-generation versions of now-everyday products such as television sets, microwave ovens, washing machines and rice cookers.

The small gift shop carries science-y toys, three-dimensional animal puzzles, and postcards of vintage Toshiba products. There is an English-language audio guide for the history-oriented exhibits, and some English signage, but English coverage is fairly uneven. Admission is free though, so it's worth taking a quick peek if you're in the area.

Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Horikawacho 72-34, Lazona Kawasaki Toshiba Bldg 2F.
2 minutes from JR Kawasaki Station
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