This might surprise some people given how I am such a fangirl: I do like visiting Science Museums; Art & History Museums not so much though.
Miraikan is very high on my list of must visit places when I’m in Tokyo because I was really keen on watching all the robot demos.
Otonaroid 2.0 is actually pretty creepy when you see it in person. This humanoid blinks but it’s so stiff and unnatural and all yet looking so lifelike. Super creepy. I wanted to watch the demo of this robot but unfortunately, I missed it because I was fighting a Pokémon Go raid at the park outside the Miraikan. LOL. I’d definitely try to visit Miraikan again whenever I am next in Tokyo just to watch the demo.
The robotics technology showcased within the museum is really cool. There is a lot of information to take in and at the same time, I didn’t find it too technical/hard to understand like those exhibits at CERN in Switzerland. CERN is physically tiny but the amount of technical information in there gave me such a serious headache. #truestory
There are also a lot of very interactive displays to explain very technical things like how the internet works in the photo above. There are also exhibits which explains concepts like quantum computing, OLED, bio-medical science and all the super complicated stuff in a very easy to understand way.
Also, Miraikan has quite a few exhibits about their space expeditions and legit stuff that went to/was from space!! The above photo is an exact replica of a toilet in the International Space Station (ISS). I found it super interesting coz, cliché as it is, I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. That dream died when I got myopia at 8 years old.
Finally, don’t miss the ASIMO demonstration at the Miraikan! So super worth watching! The damn thing is so cute and the robot a bit taller than I expected. The amount of R&D and engineering is amazing!!
You can easily spend almost the entire day in the Miraikan if you include the special exhibit which I skipped. The permanent exhibits already took me about 3 hours to cover and I glossed over some coz the museum was closing.
I would recommend visiting this museum, especially if you want to inspire kids to get interested in science and technology. Entrance fee to the permanent exhibits of the museum is not expensive at 620 yen (~S$7.50) for adults. Check their official site for full details of the entrance fees and demonstration timings.
Getting there is easy too. Take the Yurikamome Line to the Telecom Center station and use the North Exit. Once you walk down the stairs, there is a park on the left. Walk straight through the park, the Miraikan is one block away.
PS: if you are interested/play Pokémon Go, there are 2 gyms in that park and if you see a large crowd there (like I did), there must be some interesting raid going on. I joined a raid for Suicune on my way to Miraikan and hence missed the demo for Otonaroid 2.0. Hahaha.
You can also walk to the Miraikan from Diver City. Just refer to Google Maps. The walk is about 15 minutes or so.