Located at the northern end of the Takase River, the Kiyamachi-Nijo district is not only the birthplace of Shimadzu Corporation, but was also the cradle of modern Japanese science. Here, at the beginning of the Meiji period, Kyoto Prefecture established a number of laboratories, factories, and other industrial facilities using the latest technologies from Europe and the United States. Today, the district is a quiet place that epitomizes the historical atmosphere of Kyoto. The two-storey wooden buildings are a reminder of the days when Genzo Shimadzu Senior and Junior lived here and used such buildings as their storefront.
Kyoto is replete with Japanese historical and cultural assets. This district offers both tradition and a concentration of enterprises involved in unique cutting-edge technologies. This memorial hall is one of only a few corporate facilities where exhibits dealing with cultural assets, tradition, and unique cutting-edge technologies are on public display. Here, visitors can experience the fun of physics and chemistry while learning about a range of things. The displays deal with everything from Kyoto's history during the Meiji period to the technology that resulted in Koichi Tanaka being awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Our staff can answer questions and lead tours tailored to specific grade levels. We hope that elementary and high school groups will take advantage of this service.
Worksheets (in Japanese only) are available with simple questions for you to answer as you walk through the museum. You will each receive a souvenir of your trip to Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall after your answers are checked! You can also use the hall as a way to study on your own over the summer vacation.
¡ÚExperiments you can try¡Û
How collisions work
How movies work
Center of gravity experiments
Magic mirrors and more