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The Japanese have collected in one museum 300 disgusting exhibits, from which goosebumps
The Japanese have collected in one museum 300 disgusting exhibits, from which goosebumps

There are many of the most unusual museums in the world. Here is an underwater museum in Mexico, an exhibition of divorce-causing objects in Croatia, an art exhibition on toilet lids, or a weird collection of bad art. However, the Tokyo Museum of Parasitology can break every conceivable record in terms of the number of unpleasant impressions from viewing the most disgusting parasites that exist in wildlife in general and can be found in the human body in particular.

Unusual Museum

Museum of Parasitology in Tokyo

The Museum of Parasitology, due to its uniqueness, has become a rather popular attraction in the Land of the Rising Sun. True, you cannot see huge queues here, but biology lovers visit this place with pleasure.

Rules of conduct in the museum

In fact, the Museum of Parasitology is nothing more than a small research center that studies a wide variety of parasites. Interest in this problem is due to the fact that the Japanese constantly eat raw fish, in which numerous parasites or their larvae can remain.

Museum exhibits

The museum was founded by Doctor of Medical Sciences Satoru Kamegai back in 1953. It took the employees more than half a century to assemble a unique collection of parasites. The purpose of creating this extraordinary museum is not to make a profit, but to warn people about the danger that parasites bring with them to the body. That is why a visit to the Museum of Parasitology, which displays about 45 thousand of various worms and about 300 other parasites, is free for all visitors without exception.

Museum exhibits

At the entrance to the museum, visitors are greeted by a sign with the rules of conduct. In general, they are standard for all museums, but taking into account the specifics of this institution, the warning not to eat or drink in the halls is surprising. It is unlikely that anyone will want, even after the end of the tour of the museum, to go to the nearest cafe for a meal.

The basics of parasitology

Maps showing the habitat of dangerous parasites

Apparently, in order not to shock the inquisitive visitor from the doorway, the first floor offers an initial acquaintance with the science of parasitology and the most diverse types of parasites.

Museum exhibits

The main place in the exposition is occupied by maps. They clearly show in which region there is a danger of infection with this or that type of parasite. And, of course, there are just a great many different parasites around, from commonplace ticks to huge worms. All of them are in special flasks in alcohol.

Museum exhibit with an explanation

Here, in fact, all types of parasites that can infect living organisms are represented. On separate interactive stands you can see diagrams with complete information about unwanted "neighbors" of fish, animals and birds.

"Inner world" of a person in all its diversity

Stand "Important human parasites"

The second floor of the museum has a narrower specialization. And the exhibits here evoke far from positive emotions. All types of parasites that can live in humans or animals can be seen in horrifying detail.

At the stand "Important human parasites" you can clearly see in which organs what types of parasites can start.And nearby to see exhibits and photographs depicting the consequences of the reproduction of parasites in various organs of people and animals.

Tapeworm 8.8 meters long

There has not yet been a single visitor to the museum who has not been struck by a huge tapeworm with its exchanges. This giant worm came out of a perfectly normal young Japanese man. The story goes that the man ate the egg of the worm along with sashimi made from raw river fish. For three months, he did not pay attention to the alarming symptoms, until one day a three-meter part of the tape monster literally fell out of him. After going to the doctor and taking the medicine, the whole tape monster came out of it. Its length was 8.8 meters!

For clarity, next to the stand where this miracle exhibit is located, there is a rope of exactly the same size, which you can unfold and try to answer the question of how such a monster could grow in a person in just three months.

Nearby there are many visual aids demonstrating how parasites can enter the human body, and how their cycle occurs in nature.

Souvenir shop

In the souvenir shop

It is hard to imagine that someone would wear a T-shirt with the image of creepy parasites. However, the souvenir shop at the Museum of Parasitology is never empty.

Original T-shirts

All these unimaginable T-shirts with realistic worms, postcards with worms and other parasites, lunch bags with images of all the evil spirits settling in the body are in demand among tourists. As well as small key rings and pendants for mobile phones, inside of which there are real parasites in alcohol.

True, some especially impressionable guests go straight to the pharmacy after visiting the museum, for antiparasitic drugs.

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