Information concerning COVID-19
The museum is open in weekdays.
It is also open when guests make booking for visit in Sundays and national holidays.
We ask visitors to wear masks, sanitize the hands, and keep distancing each other.
Guided tour is only available for groups of less than 10 people.
10 Things to Know
Ten Questions about Minamata Disease
More than sixty years passed since the official acknowledgement of Minamata disease. However, its history begins long before, and it goes far beyond the end of the first trial in 1973.
Can the Suffering be Numbered?
A Brief Glance into the Recognition System
Over the time, more resolutions have been adopted to compensate Minamata disease's victims. Though, they doesn't account the actual number of people affected by the environmental contamination.
Established in 1988 by Soshisha, the Minamata Disease Museum embraces the role of handing down the complex heritage left by Minamata Disease. The faces of Shiranui sea and of those living along its shores were irreparably changed by the recklessness of Japanese economy lead by Chisso company and the Government.
"If things remain as they are now, we will die to no purpose", said once one of the victims. The Museum devotes itself to collecting and preserving documents, as well as disseminating knowledge about Minamata Disease in order to build together a world aware of human rights violation, where environmental issues such as Minamata Disease would not occur again.
Not merely a place where artifacts and documents are displayed, the Minamata Disease Museum's goal is raising questions about and beyond Minamata's facts, calling for a broader thinking on the way we make our living within the contemporary society.
What Minamata disease means to us
Minamata Disease Museum / Soshisha
34 Fukuro, Minamata city, Kumamoto pref,
TEL: (+81) 0966-63-5800
Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (public holiday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00)Closed: Saturday
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