Pterosaur exhibition at Miraikan in Odaiba!!

July 18, 2008 · Print This Article

It’s funny how often I can suddenly think of something to do when need be.  This often happens for where to go on a cycling ride, what to eat for dinner, or this time, how to spend Sunday afternoon.  Such was the case this past Sunday when Aya and I were pondering how to spend our Sunday.  We put our heads together, and it was suddenly:  pterosaurs!  

Thanks to some help from trusty Metropolis, we were soon on our way to Tokyo Teleport station to go to the pterosaur exhibition at the Miraikan science and industry museum.  It was a bit of a walk from the station to there, which would have been pleasant if it wasn’t the hottest day of the summer so far.  It’s quite scenic in Odaiba, and feels much different than other places in Japan because it’s all so big and open there.  

The pterosaur exhibit itself was really good.  It had just enough real fossils on display to make it a real exhibit.  The models themselves, of both fossils and whole pterosaurs, were quite convincing.  It was often hard to tell which were real fossils and which were models.  The star of the exhibit was the enormous quetzalcoatlus, the largest of the pterosaurs with a huge 10 meter wingspan, but a weight of only 70kg!  I outweigh it by 9kg!

After spending an hour and ten minutes in the dimly lit and atmospheric pterosaur exhibit, Aya and I ventured into the Symbol Zone in the general exhibit space of the museum.  In this huge room there are several sofas for relaxing on and taking a break.  While you are horizontal, you are treated to a view of a huge, incredible LED globe of the Earth that lights up showing various heat signatures.  (see video)

We agreed that we would definitely go back to check out the full spectrum of hands-on exhibits in the general exhibits area.  Miraikan is a great place to spend the whole day, full of rest areas and cafes all in a very modern building.


A close-up of the pterosaur exhibition sign Aya in front of the sign for the pterosaur exhibiton Aya and Jason at the Pterosaur Exhibition 02
fossils replica of Quetzalcoatlus, the largest pterosaur with a wingspan of 10m! Aya with a walking skeleton of a pterosaur Aya relaxing in the Symbol Zone of the Miraikan museum




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5 Responses to “Pterosaur exhibition at Miraikan in Odaiba!!”

  1. on July 18th, 2008 9:05 PM

    Great use of music in this video- felt professional! Good work!


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Mike! At the very last minute I swapped out the more rock sounding music I had in the background for the “walking to the museum” section for the music that is in it now.


  2. on August 13th, 2008 12:19 PM

    Pterosaur exhibition at Miraikan in Odaiba!! : Jacked-in || FOUND a direction home…

    A review of the recent pterosaur (flying dinosaurs) exhibit at Miraikan science and industry museum in Odaiba. This post includes an HD video of some pterosaur fossils and a huge LED Earth globe….

  3. on September 28th, 2008 2:34 AM

    […] have an ability to come up with a good plans for doing something out of thin air, that today led to Aya and I having a great afternoon walking around Kawagoe, […]

  4. on June 4th, 2009 4:54 PM

    Hi I am Matthew and i saw your footage of the Earth at the Mirakan….Its great can you send me some footage I love Earth and i am collecting all images of Earth into a collage…..As I make giant Earth Globes… would love if you could send me some footage…

    The museum looks great…..Cheers Matthew in Hong Kong…


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