Welcome to the Geological Museum, GSJ, AIST

The Geological Museum has more than 150,000 registered specimens, such as rocks, minerals and fossils collected through the course of the research activities of the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) originally founded in 1882. Since its opening at Tsukuba in 1980, the Geological Museum has been introducing a wide range of visitors to the research activities of GSJ and the general geological information. It provides the public with opportunities to learn about domestic regional geology, underground resources, marine geology, global environment, and geological hazards including volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami, as well as the latest knowledge of earth sciences. The Museum holds seasonal special exhibitions and urgent investigation debriefing sessions as necessary. It also advances the effort to make good use of our knowledge and technology on earth science in the industry.

The Geological Museum hopes you to find what our planet really is like, learn how closely humans are interconnected with it, and think what we should do to be friendly with our Only One Earth.

Visiting Information

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It takes about one hour to go around the Museum.


Closed on Monday except for National Holidays (Closed on the next weekday instead), and from December 28 to January 4.
Please visit the Japanese website for temporary closing.



Group Visits

We ask groups of 15 or more to contact our office in advance and book your visit.

School Groups

Groups of elementary school children or junior high school students should be led by teachers or supervisors. Please consult our staff prior to your visit for detail.

Notes for Visitors

In the Museum, please follow the instructions of our staff and keep the rules below:

English Guide for Exhibition

qrcode explanation

"QR Guide" is operated in the Geological Museum. Your smartphone is available by Wi-Fi setting (for local communication in the Geological Museum) and QR-code readable application.

floor map

Floor Maps and guide.
[ 1st Floor ] [ 2nd Floor ]

Pamphlet 2020 (4.7MB)


Adress: AIST Tsukuba Central 7, 1-1-1, Higashi,Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567 Japan
Access by Car
In case our parking lot is full, please contact our office in advance, especially for buses.
Traffic Guide to AIST Tsukuba Central

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