Hiroshima Museums: Hiroshima Children's Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum 広島市こども文化科学館
Housed in the Hiroshima City Children's Library, the Hiroshima Children's Museum opened in 1980 and is a science museum aimed at young people in the center of Hiroshima.
The Hiroshima Children's Museum includes a popular 340-seat planetarium on the 4th floor with a changing program of shows every three months according to the season and a number of other special events including looking at the stars without commentary but with background music on Wednesdays at 12.30pm and a star show with live music on the last Sunday of the month beginning at 4pm.
The exhibits on the other three floors of the Hiroshima Children's Museum include the Exploration Hall on the first floor introducing kids to the basics of science in a fun way.
The second floor is named Dr. Scitech's Research Laboratory and is an amusing introduction into applied science with the aid of interactive exhibits looking at the science behind everyday appliances such as TVs and cameras. There is also a model train set laid out in a futuristic cityscape.
The third floor has an exhibition space dedicated to astronomy including a solar telescope and a work shop where children can try their hand at assembling various things to gain a practical understanding of science.
The Hiroshima Children's Museum has a small shop and information area on the first floor.
Access - how to get to Hiroshima Children's Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Tel: 082 222 5346
Hours: 10am-5pm, closed Monday
Admission: Free - admission to the planetarium is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children.
Google map of Hiroshima Children's Museum
The Hiroshima Children's Museum is a short walk from the Genbaku-dome-mae stop on the Hiroshima street car system, take a #2 or #6 tram. A visit to the museum can easily be combined with a trip to nearby Hiroshima Castle to the north and Hiroshima Museum of Art.