Shiga Fossil Museum

松本市四賀化石館
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  • Fossilized whale skeleton
  • Whale whisker
Shiga Fossil Museum

One of the only two full, fossilized sperm whale skeletons in the world

This museum’s main attraction is the complete, 5.5-meter-long fossilized skeleton of a sperm whale that was found in the Shiga area. Part of the Shiga area is rich in fossils and the whale fossil was actually discovered by a local elementary school student in 1986, prompting the establishment of the Shiga Fossil Museum. The museum is also home to several fossil specimens of fish, shellfish, and plants.

On the second floor, you will find a room full of impressive mounted animals, including bears, birds of prey, lions and other big cats, wolves, and more. There is also a large exhibit of naturally formed gemstones/crystals and seashells.

Address
85-1 Nanaarashi
TEL
0263-64-3900
Business Hours
9:00
17:00
Closed
Mon Around New Year's Day
Open Mondays if a national holiday, and closed on the following day.
From Dec. to Feb., open on weekends an holidays only.
Price
Adults
¥300
Parking Lot
Available
Access
BUS
Take the Shiga Line bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to the Kasekikan (Fossil Museum) Bus Stop.
CAR
20 min from Azumino Interchange. 25–30 min from central Matsumoto.
May 6, 2018