Tuesday, September 25, 2007

42. Museum Review: Shinjuku Historical Museum (Shinjuku)

The Shinjuku Historical Museum is a dedicated to the history of Shinjuku Ward. There are artifacts and pottery from archaeological digs, art depicting Shinjuku in the Edo period, writings by famous people born in Shinjuku,... If for no other reason, visit this museum to see the huge model of Shinjuku as a post town in the Edo era. It was fantastic! I was also impressed by the life-sized Edo era store, trolley car, and a re-creation of rooms from a Japanese home.There is also a small garden outside the museum, a historical library, and an auditorium that can be rented by the public when not in use.Unfortunately, there is no English information. Luckily, many of the exhibits are enjoyable and understandable without translation.

Admission: 300 yen, elementary and Jr. high students 100 yen.

Address: San-ei-cho 22, Shinjuku-ku
7 minutes walk from Yotsuya Sanchome or Akebonobashi Station.
Phone: 03-3359-2131
Hours of Operation: 9:00 - 17:00, closed on Mondays.

**Free with the Grutt pass 2007 (#37)

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