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)・Advance reservation at least 3 business days in advance
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:HASEGAWA House of History, Culture, and Exchange

HASEGAWA House of History, Culture, and Exchange

The cultural heritage of a respected local citizen gathered together in one building

photo:Kyoto Food Culture Museum: Ajiwai-kan

Kyoto Food Culture Museum: Ajiwai-kan

Let all your senses enjoy the food culture of Kyoto

photo:To-ji Temple Treasure Museum

To-ji Temple Treasure Museum

Touching the esoteric arts passed down from Kukai

photo:Study of Rai Sanyo

Study of Rai Sanyo

Enjoy the flow of Kamogawa River and vivid peaks of Higashiyama from this study

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