6. Shirase Antarctic Expedition Memorial Museum
location: Konoura, Nikaho city – 5 minutes from Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway Konoura IC by car
The Shirase Antarctic Expedition Memorial Museum is a public science museum and memorial which is located in Nikaho city. It opened in 1990 to commemorate the achievement of Army Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, who led the first Japanese Antarctic Expedition in 1910.
Nobu Shirase devoted himself from a young age to his ambition of becoming an explorer. Inside the museum there are graphic details of Nobu Shirase’s life as well as the crew of 30 men who shared Nobu’s spirit of adventure and participated on his epic voyage to Antarctica.
The museum also has exhibits about the British explorer Scott, who attempted to reach Antarctica at around the same time as Shirase. Other displays cover the history of Japanese Antarctic expeditions from Shirase’s time to the present day.
Visitors to the museum can also see a snowmobile used on a later Antarctic expedition to the Showa Antarctic Base, as well as pick up and touch real ice brought back from Antarctica.
keywords: science, history, expedition
features: challenge, expedition, Antarctica
written by T. Yoshino