The Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall

Visitors can get involved in finding out the wonders of science in the experimenting corner

History of the science that underpinned the modernization of Kyoto

Close by the Takasegawa Canal, in a two-story wooden building, sits this Hall, which was once home and business place to the Shimadzu founder Genzo Shimadzu and his son Genzo Jr., for some 45 years from 1875. The building retains the appearance of a property of the Meiji period, communicating to today’s world that Kiyamachi-Nijo is an integral spot in the development of modern science. What is more, the hall boasts stained-glass windows redolent of cherry blooms and the colors of the nearby Kamogawa River.
The hall has five exhibition rooms, showcasing educational instruments from the founding days, x-ray machines from Taisho era, the first dressmaking mannequin in Japan, specimens and other exhibits, all of which relate how the history of Shimadzu goes hand in hand with Kyoto’s drive to modernize via the scientific knowledge of Europe and America.
The experimenting corner is popular with visitors wishing to have some fun as they learn.

photoExperimenting corner

Experimenting corner

photoStained glass with a Kyoto feel to the design

Stained glass with a Kyoto feel to the design


What is the connection between Shimadzu Corporation and the Satsuma Domain? ① Relative ② Vassal ③ Bestowed funds

Address Kiyamachi-dori Nijo-minami, Nakagyo-ku
TEL 075-255-0980
FAX 075-255-0985
URL https://www.shimadzu.co.jp/memorial-museum/
Hours 9:30~17:00 (entry by 16:30)
Closed Wed (except on Nat Hols), New Year Hols
Adm Adults ¥300, Junior high and high school students ¥200
Access A 3-min walk from Exit 2 of the Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakushomae Stn/A 3-min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stop of City Bus

Facilities near by

photo:The Museum of Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto

All sorts of data from historical literature to film

photo:Former Imperial Villa – Nijo-jo Castle

Former Imperial Villa – Nijo-jo Castle

A villa castle at the very summit of Momoyama culture

photo:Kyoto Household Buddhist Altars Museum

Kyoto Household Buddhist Altars Museum

An insight into the traditions of Kyoto Buddhist altars and accoutrements

photo:Adachi Kumihimo Gallery

Adachi Kumihimo Gallery

Enjoying the history of Kyo-kumihimo braiding along with skills and new artistic potential

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