The world of stored specimens, Hokkaido University Museum

Hokkaido University has accumulated over 4 million specimens and materials in the long history since the days of Sapporo Agricultural School. About 3 million specimens and materials are stored at the Hokkaido University Museum, some of which are open to the public. Please pay attention to the “appealing power” of specimens and materials.

Medical specimens
In the world of medical specimens, an anatomical wax dermatology morage is on display.

The murage has finished its role with the advent of color photography, but it cannot be repaired at present because its production method was secret. See a skin murage that is extremely valuable both medically, historically and artistically.

Archeological relics
Archeology is a study of restoring the past of humanity from “relics” excavated from archeological sites and “relics”, which are traces left on the soil. There may be some reason behind the remains of the relics and remains at the archeological site. Like detective novels, archaeologists are trying to piece together pieces of evidence to unravel the mystery.

Biological specimens
Since its opening, Hokkaido University has been accumulating biological specimens of plants, seaweeds, insects, fish, and fungi, and has traditionally produced a taxonomicist. Many species have been described using biological specimens from Hokkaido University. It is also characteristic of Hokkaido University’s biological specimens that it contains many valuable type specimens that are the basis of Asian species.

Paleontological specimen
Paleontology is a study that traces the history of life by discovering living organisms that existed in a long history of about 3.8 billion years in the form of fossils. Understand what kind of creature lived in what kind of environment, the relationship between environment and creatures, and the mystery of life.

Please experience the flow of time with the fossils stored in the museum.

Mineral and rock specimens
There are areas on the earth where humans cannot intervene, which affects our lives. In particular, changes within the Earth have created, supported, and sometimes drastically changed the Earth’s surface environment in which we live. This exhibition room was created to give you a sense of the eternal time and space of the earth.

Please experience the scale of the environment.

Science and Technology History
Here you will find some of the equipment and devices used in research and education at Hokkaido University and related materials.

While watching the materials from a bird’s-eye view point of view, please pay attention to each device and each end of the materials, how the devices are used and the plates and nameplates of the management numbers. And think about what to leave behind.

Hokkaido University Museum
Hokkaido University Museum is a museum established by the National University Corporation Hokkaido University. Hokkaido University has accumulated over 4 million samples / materials that have been collected, preserved, and studied since the time of Sapporo Agricultural School more than 130 years ago. It contains more than 10,000 valuable type specimens that are the basis for the discovery and certification of new species.

The museum at Hokkaido University originated in 1884 (Meiji 17), the era of Sapporo Agricultural School, when it took over the Botanical Garden Museum, which had been managed and operated by the pioneer. The Botanical Garden Museum is currently under the jurisdiction of the Hokkaido University Northern Biosphere Field Science Center, and is a separate organization from the General Museum.

The Hokkaido University Museum, which opened in the spring of 1999, conveys the various research traditions of Hokkaido University to the present, and displays and introduces cutting-edge research in various real-world materials and videos. The “things” in the museum tell the history and the future by being set as “words”, that is, information.

The purpose of the General Museum is to collect and manage academic specimens produced as research results over 140 years since the opening of Sapporo Agricultural School in good condition and to transmit information both inside and outside the university.