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Toshiba Science Museum

The Toshiba Science Museum: Bringing the Joy of Science and Technology to Everyone

photo of the Entrance of the Toshiba Science Museum
photo of the Toshiba Science Museum attendants
photo of a Science class for the general public

In 2011, the Toshiba Science Museum celebrated 50 years of bringing people in contact with science. Since its opening, the museum has been set up with attendants guiding visitors through the facility on tours tailored to their age and interests. Hospitality has always been a goal. Tours are given in Japanese, English and Chinese and attract many visitors from both Japan and abroad, who come for social science tours, school excursions, business training, international exchanges and tourism. In FY2011, a newspaper survey rated the Toshiba Science Museum as one of the top five corporate museums that adults can enjoy.

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Museum exhibits

photo of the Museum exhibitsExhibits are located on the first through third floors. They contain various articles related to our founders and a number of historic products and technologies from our long history that were the first of their kind in Japan or the world. These help visitors know Toshiba's history and how industrial culture has changed. There are areas where visitors can learn the fundamentals of science and leading-edge technologies, where the exhibits are set up to be easy for anyone to understand through hands-on experience or performances. In FY2011, we updated the previously existing "FEMINITY" home IT system exhibit and added the new HEMS (Home Energy Management System) exhibit.

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Educational programs

photo of Activities outside the MuseumThe museum staff plan and manage events for general museum visitors, like workshops, experiment-focused classes, concerts and plays that take place on Saturdays, summer vacation, etc. For groups, our staff puts on experiment-focused shows and a variety of other programs like disassembling PCs, tours of a home electronics recycling plant, science classes to go, and more. Every year, moreover, we hold the "Komukai Toshiba Boys and Girls Inventors' Club," for which children get one-year memberships that begin in April. About 100 elementary and junior high school students participated in FY2011. Instructors, some of them employee volunteers, lead the children through highly imaginative activities.

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Real Science Explorers

photo of Personal Computer ClassesBased on a math and science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, the class is designed to help children make discoveries through experimentation and learn to think for themselves. The children can enjoy learning because they use their imagination and take part in group activities.

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Regular events

This year 6,500 elementary school students participated in classes enabling them to experience the joys of science and mathematics.


photo of the Real Science Explorers

Real Science Explorers

Based on a math and science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, the class is designed to help children make discoveries through experimentation and learn to think for themselves. The children can enjoy learning because they use their imagination and take part in group activities.
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photo of the Galileo Workshop Experiment Classes

Galileo Workshop Experiment Classes

These science experiment classes have been held since 1999 in collaboration with Galileo Workshop, a nonprofit organization, and have now been conducted more than 110 times. Galileo Workshop is a group formed by elementary, junior high and high school science teachers who seek to create enjoyable experiments under the slogan "Bringing the joy of science to everyone." Galileo Workshop strives to create experiment classes that are always exciting and new.

photo of the Komukai Toshiba Boys and Girls Inventors' Club

Komukai Toshiba Boys and Girls Inventors' Club

Established in June 2004, the Komukai Toshiba Boys and Girls Inventors' Club features the participation of volunteers from the Corporate Research & Development Center and other Toshiba departments and local elementary school teachers as instructors. Over the period of a year, about 100 elementary and junior high school students work to produce inventions brimming with creativity.

photo of the Wonder Mathematics Expedition

Wonder Mathematics Expedition

This is a mathematics class that enables children to learn while enjoying puzzles and games using tools. Two classes are held, for first- to fourth-year elementary school students and for fifth-year elementary to third-year junior high school students, with around 50 students participating in each class each time a Wonder Mathematics Expedition is held.


photo of the Atom Workshop

Atom Workshop

With a volunteer group based in Kawasaki City as the main organizer, this workshop has been offering students in lower elementary school grades the opportunity to make things and conduct experiments since 2004. About 100 children participate each time the workshop is held.


photo of the Toshiba Science Museum Science Club

Toshiba Science Museum Science Club

This is an after-school class is held every Wednesday at the Toshiba Science Museum. All students are welcome to drop in on their way home from school to learn about science and technology through games and experiments. Hours are extended during the summer holidays.


Special exhibitions

photo of the Special exhibition

An exhibit entitled "The Story of Lamps: Toshiba Lighting and Life" was held May-June 2011. (It was originally scheduled to begin March 12, 2011, but was delayed owing to the Great East Japan Earthquake.) We also held a very popular exhibit for about four months starting in December. Entitled "The Story of Hisashige Tanaka: Passion and an Insatiable Spirit of Inquiry," it put the spotlight on one of Toshiba's founders.


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