Dinosaur Museum

Kita Tomomi

Jul 11, 2017

If you love stories of ancient times, you’ll love the Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture – the first ever of its kind in Japan. Fukui is well-known for being a “Dinosaur Kingdom” because of the sheer number of fossils discovered and verified in the area. The Dinosaur Museum is located on a mountain about 50 minutes away from Fukui City by car, but the long drive’s all worth it when the majestic display of artefacts comes into view. Their main attraction – a collection of 42 whole-body dinosaur skeleton specimens – is just pure stunning! When I saw it for the first time, it reminded me of movies like “Night at the Museum” and “Jurassic Park”. The dinosaurs looked like they were ready to pounce anytime, giving me an adrenaline rush and making my heart beat real fast!

Plus, there’re also regular events for people to know more about dinosaurs, like how they made their nests to lay eggs and create future generations. And you’ll get to see the newly discovered fossils found only in the Fukui Prefecture. The usual entrance fee is only 720 yen per person, so do come by and visit!

"太古のロマンにワクワクしたい方にぜひ訪れてほしいのが、勝山市にある恐竜博物館です。一般料金720円で入館することができます。恐竜の博物館をオープンさせたのは福井県が全国で初めてとして、その化石の発掘数からも確固たる「恐竜王国福井」の地位を確立しています。博物館は福井市から車で50分ほどの山の中にあるのですが、そこまで車を走らせても後悔させないクオリティの展示物を鑑賞できます。何と言っても見事なのが、42体にもわたる恐竜の全身骨格です。初めて目の当たりにした時は、映画「ナイトミュージアム」や「ジュラシックパーク」を彷彿とさせ、今にも動き出しそうなその存在感に緊張し、しかしドキドキしたのを覚えています。

また、恐竜が子孫を残すためにどのような産卵や巣作りをしているのかなど、定期的に開催されるイベントはとても勉強になります。ここでしか見られない福井県で発見された新種の恐竜の化石も展示されているので、ぜひ立ち寄ってみてください。"

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