Visiting the Tochigi Prefectural Museum

Last weekend, we took a family field trip to the Tochigi Prefectural Museum near our house.  (A prefecture in Japan is similar to a state in America).  It’s basically a natural history museum for our area of Japan.  We all had a great time!  What the kids liked most was seeing all the different animal and insect specimens that were on display.  One unique aspect of the museum that all three kids really enjoyed was that there were several rooms filled with drawers that visitors could freely open to take a peek at their contents.  We opened drawer after drawer of butterflies, rhinoceros beetles and other insects, shells, rocks, and various skeletons.  The kids couldn’t wait to see what treasures the next drawer held!  Here are some photos of the kids posing with their favorite specimens. 🙂


The butterfly specimens were amazing — huge with beautiful coloring

Ethan was ecstatic to find specimens of his all-time favorite Rhinoceros Beetle -- the Hercules Beetle

Katie's favorite thing was opening and closing the drawers over and over again