Hokkaido University Museum is now temporarily closed for quakeproofing from April 2015 to July 2016. Its renewal open is scheduled in July 2016 with renewed exhibitions.
The Mission of The Hokkaido University Museum
The mission of The Hokkaido University Museum is to collect, preserve, document, digitize and utilize for the purposes of research, regular exhibitions and educational programs, the scientifically significant specimens and historical documents which the University has been accumulating since its establishment in 1876 to the present day. As an institution devoted to research and education, the Museum will exhibit the results of past and present research, and aims to provide the bases for future research, while supporting the training and education of both its own students and local citizens.
- The storage and proper classification of its holdings of research specimens, so that they can be used to contribute to the transmission of knowledge to future generations.
- The use of such research materials to pioneer new areas of interdisciplinary study .
- The promulgation of scientific knowledge throughout the community by such educational projects as exhibitions, seminars and other related activities.
- The creation, preservation and transmission of a 'Heritage Culture', in which the Museum's repository of historic artifacts and specimens of natural history will serve to inspire respect for the nation's cultural and natural heritage.
- The protection against loss and damage of over 4 million priceless scientific specimens, original documents, and works of art, which the present-day university has in its keeping, to ensure that they are preserved in good condition, for the use of researchers, and, through the public display of selected treasures, for the education of the general public.
- The designation of the University Campus and related sites such as the Botanic Garden as a living museum, so that not only members of the university but citizens and visitors will be able to take pleasure in its historic treasures and buildings, as well as in its rich and abundant natural life.
- The provision of facilities for members of the general public to learn about the academic achievements of scientists and scholars working in particular faculties within the university, as well as of educational projects undertaken by the university as a whole.
- The display of historic documents which reveal the part played by the early alumni of Sapporo Agricultural College, men such as Kanzo Uchimura, Inazo Nitobe and Takeo Arishima, whose love of learning and shared spiritual values helped to forge and foster the humane principles that inspire the people of contemporary Japan.
- The display of work carried out b earlier generations of scholars whereby present-day students will come to appreciate the benefits of disinterested research and a well-rounded education of the basic doctrines and principles of a fully humane education.
- The mounting of exhibitions, the conducting of educational tours, the giving of public lecture and musical entertainments, open to the public in general and for children still at school, so as to encourage greater public awareness of the importance of culture in all its carious manifestations.