Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, to be Closed Throughout Golden Week

Fukui Prefectural Facility, Closed Until May 6th In Response to COVID-19

On April 10th, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which was scheduled to be temporarily closed until April 19th in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), announced that it has extended its closure to May 6th, in line with the Government of Japan’s declaration of a state of emergency.

The Dinosaur Quarry (an outdoor museum attraction), which was scheduled to open from April 23rd of this year, will also be temporarily closed until May 6th. The museum has stopped accepting tour reservations until that day. Approximately 1,500 customers who had already made reservations have been notified of the suspension through email.

Up to this point, Fukui Prefecture had announced the closure of 45 prefectural facilities, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, until April 19th. But with many visitors from the areas which have been declared in a state of emergency by the government, the museum announced an extension of its closure, independent form the other prefectural facilities. Fukui Prefecture will bring the other prefectural facilities under discussion, based on how the COVID-19 situation continues from this point onward.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1066550

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

Researchers Publish Videos on Their Favourite Specimens

Although the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is temporarily closed, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the museum have published videos on the internet, talking about their favourite specimens.

The project is so that children who love dinosaurs can have a museum experience while staying at home. There are fifteen roughly 3-minute videos in the series, of a researcher talking about their favourite or most recommended specimen. In addition, there are also videos of researchers and reporters going around exhibits unveiled as recently as April 4th, including the skull of a Brachiosaurus and a complete skeleton of a Probactrosaurus.

“We wish for visitors, who plan to visit, to learn about the highlights of this museum” said a Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum researcher.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127855&page=1

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Dinosaur Train, Operated by Echizen Railway

Tourist Attraction: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Support from Fukui Prefecture

With eyes set on the 2023 spring opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension within the prefecture, Fukui Prefecture brings focus onto the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) as a centrepiece for drawing in tourists, with an initial budget for 2020 drafted at ¥1,035,070,000 for expansions and functional enhancements of the facilities. A “Dinosaur Train” and Dinosaur Hotel” project has also been planned out in the background, to support the museum.

In regards to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum’s enhancements, with a 2023 summer reopening in mind, ¥447,670,000 has been allotted for the expansion project costs, and ¥587,400,000 for the landscaping costs on the museum’s west wing. The museum extension will have event halls and special exhibition room in the 1st and 2nd basement floors. The main building of the museum, which was sculpted into an egg-shaped dome, has been established as a symbol for the museum; the integrity of the museum’s design in being taken into consideration.

In line with the expansion and renovation projects, discussions will also be held with Katsuyama City, to start work on methods to promote trips and accommodations within the prefecture. ¥122,350,000 has been allotted to support those working on projects, including of the Dinosaur Train and Dinosaur Bus, which will be furnished to evoke the image of dinosaurs, and also the project to bring the Dinosaur Hotel into reality.

The Dinosaur Train will be operated by Echizen Railway. In addition to remodelling already existing trains to roll out this summer, preparations to introduce new train cars to operate in three years is in progress.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1032269

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

Doraemon, Big Adventure in Katsuyama During the Cretaceous Period

The Prefectural Dinosaur Museum as Supervising Director, a Book to Fully Enjoy Doraemon’s New Film

Doraemon and friends, on a big adventure in Katsuyama, one hundred and twenty million years in the past!

On January 22nd, an educational mook was released for sale by Shogakukan, for those wanting to fully enjoy the upcoming film, “Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur”, which will show in theatres nationwide from March 6th. In cooperation with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, located in Katsuyama City, to be part of editorial supervision, an educational manga was compiled where Nobita and other regular characters find various fossils, including that of a Fukuititan, transforming into a herd of dinosaurs during ancient-period Katsuyama, and leading to chaos.

The project began development from fall of 2019, and marks the museum’s fourth collaboration with Doraemon. The prefectural governor of Fukui, Tatsuji Sugimoto, made the announcement during a scheduled press conference on January 22nd.

The B5 size mook is 102 pages. It features a rampaging dinosaur from the film, in a high-quality illustration. Based on the latest research, many topics including the dinosaurs’ ecology and extinction are explained in an easy-to-understand format.

The included education manga is 26 pages long, and follows a story where Doraemon and Nobita visit an excavation site in Katsuyama City’s Kitadani-cho, in an effort to find treasure. The museum’s chief research officer, Masateru Shibata (aged 44), makes an appearance in the manga as himself; he talks about the fossil cleaning operation done in the museum, and the difficulties involved in excavation.

Using a secret gadget to travel to the Cretaceous Period, Doraemon and his friends cross paths with the Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus, turning into an amusing adventure story.

The mook is currently on sale in bookstores across the country for ¥800 (tax excluded).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1015339