Since its opening in January 1993, about 700,000 people from within Japan and from over 175 foreign countries visit us to learn about pollution, the environment and human rights.
Since October in 1994, Minamata disease victims and their family started to act as “Kataribe”, storytellers, and share their experiences. *Appointment necessary
There are free parking spaces for 15 buses and 272 regular cars.
■Please refrain from eating or drinking within the Museum except when it
■Photography of exhibition is prohibited for copyright and the right of likeness.
■Pets are not to be brought into or through this building.
■Smoking is allowed only in a designated area.
■Please take all garbage back home with you.
1st Floor: Reading room, Stack room, Administrative office, Director’s
office, Rest room
2nd Floor: Video theater room(wide screen of 150 in.), Exhibition room, Storyteller room, Lounge
●Visitors can tour the Museum freely.
●Videos through TV monitors and video theater are in English and Japanese.
50,000 newspaper articles
|500 DVDs and videos are available to watch.
|Permanent Exhibition Corner
（Japanese, and English）
Special Exhibition Corner
Taiwanese, and Korean)
||Images of revived Shiranui sea which are on the left side wall of the entrance
Contents of the monitor TVs
|1||Outline of Minamata disease||Large screen||16min|
|2||The pristine scenery of Shiranui Sea||monitor||6min 44sec|
|3||Industrialization and urbanization of Minamata||monitor||3min 45sec|
The circumstances leading up to the occurrence of Minamata disease
|5||Official Recognition and investigation into the cause||monitor||4min 20sec|
|6||Events since the official government opinion was announced||monitor||3min 10sec|
|7||Towards a resolution of Minamata Disease Issue||monitor||5min 25sec|
|8||Generation of methylmercury in the factory||monitor||2min 25sec|
|9||Mercury ingestion through fish||monitor||2min 30sec|
|10||Cat experiments||monitor||2min 07sec|
|11||Infantile and Adult Minamata disease||monitor||1min 40sec|
|12||Congenital Minamata disease||monitor||2min 15sec|
From 1997 to 2005, the Minamata Disease Victims Memorial Service is held annually on the Memorial Site.
■Minamata Memorial is located on Museum's property.
・Ground area (3,000㎡)
This is a place where visitors can pause for a while to gather their thoughts, contemplate the past and the future, and pray for a fresh start for tomorrow.
|【Prayer fountain（Glass fountain】
Looking through the clear water falling along the glass surface of the Prayer fountain, won't you turn your thoughts towards the past, the present, and the future?
<Height 5m, width 3m>
Terraces of differing levels form the entirety of Minamata Memorial. The color and texture of the terraces recalls a sandy beach.
The stainless steel spheres scattered over the terraces appear something like the reflection of the souls of those sacrificed, and the reflection of the Shiraui's fishermen's lights.
<Diameter 40cm; There are 108 pieces of spheres.>
A design by Mr. Giuseppe Barone, an Italian designer, was chosen by Mr.Arata Isozaki, an architect, for the Minamata Memorial international competition held in 1995. There were 454 entries from within Japan and from 18 foreign countries.
|◆Message from the designer, Mr. Giuseppe Barone◆
A privileged place or a hierarchy of spaces, signs and symbols does not definitely exist, but the whole plan stimulates the individual to take advantage of it by simply walking, resting, thinking or remembering.
The intention is to realize a “monument” that does not crush man, but that is a reflection the way he feels.