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Masutomi Museum of Geoscience

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Exhibits include “cerasite”, a material associated with Kyoto

Revealing the alluring secrets locked away in rocks

This museum started out as the Japan Geology Research Institute established by the eminent Dr. Kazunosuke Masutomi, an amateur mineralogist. In 1991, the institute became the Masutomi Museum of Geoscience. Residing on the 3rd floor, the display room is home to a collection of rare rocks from all over Japan and other parts of the world.
The narrow confines of the room offer dazzlingly displays of rare, beautiful and scientifically important specimens that are a joy to behold. These include a massive ammonite fossil, an amethyst that would require two hands to hold, iron pyrites (fool’s gold), albite, itacolumit, and elephant’s tusk fossils. In addition, there is a special exhibition corner where collections are rotated regularly.

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Address 394 Nakademizu-cho Demizudori Karasuma-nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku
TEL 075-441-3280
FAX 075-441-6897
URL http://www.masutomi.or.jp
Hours 10:00~16:00 (entry by 15:30) ※Exhibition room only open on Sat, Sun and Nat Hols
Closed Mon (following day if Nat Hol), Mid Aug, New Year Hols, Closed during certain events
Adm Adults ¥300, Under the age of 18 Free
Access A 7-min walk from Exit 2 of the Subway Karasuma Line Marutamachi Stn/A 3-min walk from Karasuma-Shimochojamachi Stop of City Bus
Parking Available (Free, 2 spaces)
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