Dialogue of History, Hokkaido University Museum

The history of Hokkaido University dates back to 1876, with the founding of Sapporo Agricultural College. Subsequently known as the Agricultural College of Tohoku Imperial University, and later, Hokkaido Imperial University, the institution settled on its present-day name in 1947, thereafter developing its current organizational system. Here, we showcase the university’s history since its 19th-century inception, while introducing the fundamental spirit that has been handed down through the generations and the admirable feats of our predecessors.

Dialogue with Hokkaido University, the spirit of communication
The dialogue corner with Hokkaido University is a corner where you can overlook the history and current situation since the foundation of Hokkaido University from a temporal and spatial perspective. At the spiritual corner, there will be exhibits on the Clark spirit, which has been handed down since the days of Sapporo Agricultural School.

The Undying Spirit of Sapporo Agricultural College
This section introduces the involvement of Inazo Nitobe, Kanzo Uchimura, Takeo Arishima, and Masatake Oshima in the inheritance of the Clark spirit.

Starting with Liberalism
As part of the spiritual corner, we will introduce the puritans, humanism, and democracy that bloomed in Sapporo.

The Spirit of Practical Science
Since the agricultural school was established for Hokkaido development, education in zoology, botany, entomology, and soil science has been promoted. Although there were many common educational courses between Sapporo Agricultural School and Massachusetts Agricultural University, Sapporo Agricultural School has been added with humanities and social sciences educational courses to provide diverse cultural education. Many talented people were produced in the field. Here, eight of the researchers who grew up from the education at that time are taken up and introduced.

Lofty Ambition: A Timeline
“Frontier Spirit,” the spirit of construction at the time of the Sapporo Agricultural School, continues to exist today as a comprehensive university, and there are many people with a broad perspective overseas. Research institutions such as universities are increasingly required to contribute to the world in order to overcome the many difficulties and challenges facing humanity. At the University, research is underway in collaboration with many overseas research institutions to gather wisdom and create the true richness that humanity should be heading for. By introducing the achievements of the university that have been highly valued from around the world, we will convey the spirit of construction to the next generation.

Hokkaido University Museum
The Hokkaido University Museum: Connecting People, Exhibits, and Information. Hokkaido University is home to some 4 million specimens and documents that have been gathered, preserved, and studied since the Sapporo Agricultural College began more than 130 years ago. Amongst these are more than 10,000 precious “type specimens” that form the basis for the discovery and certification of new species.

Opened in the spring of 1999, the Hokkaido University Museum conveys the diverse range of research carried out at Hokkaido University while also using various original materials and visual media to introduce the university’s cutting-edge research. The Hokkaido University Museum offers exhibits and diversified information equal to those of any museum, facilitating conversation and creating an atmosphere that encompasses both past and future. Visitors to the museum can shift their attention at will, examining what intrigues them most and gathering information behind the individual exhibits, thus expanding their universe.

The Hokkaido University Museum, the Museum Meister educational program, the Para-Taxonomist training for specialists working in the areas of specimen materials, and other programs that help support the University’s general education mission offer a uniquely forward-thinking educational experience. The Museum also offers great volunteer opportunities in areas such as arranging specimens and creating exhibition narratives. Open to the public, not just students and teaching staff, the Hokkaido University Museum strives to be a place where exhibits, information, and people can come together to enhance the learning process.