Permanent Exhibits

Nature & History of Technology

Geopark in Niigata Prefecture

 The word "geopark" means "earth park," and a geopark is a place where you can feel the pulse of the earth and learn about the plants, animals, and ecosystems spread across it and their relationship with day-to-day human life. There are three geoparks in Niigata Prefecture: Itoigawa, Sado, and Naeba-Sanroku. The characteristics of each geopark are explained using fossil and rock exhibits.


Research Institute for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery

 Niigata University engages in locally focused research on natural disasters with the Research Institute for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery as a core base for research. The museum presents an exhibit showing the relationship between the ground and the damage that occurs in earthquakes that have occurred in the prefecture.


History of Dentistry

 Materials related to dental treatment and oral hygiene from the Edo to the early Showa periods are showcased. The dentures have gum sections made from wood and are thought to have been made during the Edo and Meiji periods. They are valuable because they are elaborately crafted and use natural teeth for the front teeth.
 In addition, there are other materials that offer a glimpse into the dental care of those times, such as Ohagro (tooth-blackening) implements, black artificial teeth that were used by women who blackened their teeth, and diagrams concerning oral hygiene used for giving explanations to patients.

Ohaguro kit

Ohaguro kit

In the Heian period, tooth-blackening was practiced by adult noblewomen as personal grooming, while in the Edo period, it was practiced to indicate one's status as a married woman.

The Cornerstone of Modern Science and Technology

 This exhibit introduces the origins of science and technology education in a display of laboratory equipment that was actually used during the old school system. It includes many historical instruments, such as the X-ray tube made by Wilhelm Röntgen and the quadrant electrometer used by Marie Curie to study radioactivity. Also on display are memory apparatus (experimental psychology), as well as cams and other mechanical components.


Stroboscope (left on the photo): When the upper cylinder is rotated and you look through the window, the picture inside appears to be moving. This device is considered the prototype for film.
Kirschmann's Colour Mixing Apparatus (right on the photo):This device produces color-mixing by rotating colored paper on a disk.

Archaeology & Anthropology

 The School of Medicine's 1,800 human bone specimens collected by the late Professor OGATA Tamotsu is one of the most significant collections in Japan. Human bone specimens from the Jomon, Yayoi, Kofun, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern eras are on display from this collection.
 The museum also displays archaeological materials excavated from sites around Niigata Prefecture, and introduces the history of mankind from the Paleolithic period to the present day.

Skull of Hujitsuka shell mound

Skull of Hujitsuka shell mound
(Sado City)
Middle Jomon period

Jar-shaped haniwa

Jar-shaped haniwa
Iizunayama tumuli (Minamiuonuma City)
Kofun period