All about felines!

The family Felidae, the "ultimate hunters" that are fully specialized in carnivorous lifestyles among mammals, consists of the members of the cat family. Currently, 40 species of wild cats have adapted to diverse environments on Earth and coexist with various creatures within different ecosystems.

In this exhibition, you can explore the fascinating world of the Felidae family based on the latest scientific research, featuring wild cats like lions and Pallas's cats, as well as domestic cats.

Through displays incorporating stuffed specimens, skeletal specimens, and videos, we show the bady features and wild behaviors of the Felidae family, which have evolved as "super-carnivores." We also provide detailed insights into the Japanese wild cats, Iriomote cat and Tsushima leopald cat, and their field research and conservation efforts.

Moreover, the exhibition offers an enjoyable learning experience about domestic cats as well. From their shared characteristics with wild cats to the latest research findings, visitors can explore and appreciate them through hans-on exhibits and models.

Don't miss your chance to come and see everything about fantastic world of cats.


Chapter1 Wild Cats of the World

The cat family, Felidae, originated in Eurasia approximately 30 million years ago. Over time, wild cats have adapted to various environments worldwide, and today, there are 40 species. The ancestors of Carnivora, which includes Felidae, appeared approximately 62 million years ago and evolved into various groups, including the Felidae and Canidae families. Among the carnivorous animals, Felidae specialized entirely in carnivory and became super-carnivores. As “super-hunters,” wild cats have bodies adapted to catching and eating their prey. Today, wild cats are the top predators in their ecosystems in a variety of environments worldwide. Although they all look like "cats," the bodies of each species have gradually changed, adapting to their respective environment in order to effectively capture the prey species inhabiting it.

1-1 The Origin and Evolution of Cats
1-2 Body Features and Function of Felidae
1-3 Diversity of Wild Cats
1-4 Communication and Society of Felidae
1-5 Wild Cats in Japan
1-6 Conservation of Wild Cats
Chapter2 Science of the Domestic Cat

Domestic cats came to live with humans in the distant past. This relationship began because humans wanted cats to live nearby to catch rats that were eating their important grain, and cats found it convenient to live in grain storehouses where there were many rats. It was beneficial to both species. This relationship has changed in various ways over its long history. The domestic cat has sometimes been treated as a god and sometimes as a devil's pawn. Now, in modern times, rats have been excluded from houses, and cats no longer need to catch them. A new partnership between humans and cats has begun. To continue this relationship as one that both species can enjoy, let's learn more about the domestic cat

2-1 Domestic Cats Living with Humans
2-2 The Domestic Cat as a Member of Wild Cats
2-3 Biology of the Domestic Cat
2-4 Frontiers of Cat Research


Special Exhibition Cat What Cool Hunters!

  • From Saturday, July 15th, 2023, to Monday, September 18th, 2023
    Closed on Mondays every week, July 18th (Tuesday), September 5th (Tuesday), 6th (Wednesday), and 15th (Friday).
    *However, the facility will be open on July 17th, August 14th, and September 18th.
  • 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM).
  • Nagoya City Science Museum, Event Hall, Basement 2nd Floor, Science and Technology Building.
  • General Admission: 1,800 yen, High School/College Students: 1,000 yen, Elementary/Middle School Students: 500 yen
  • Nagoya City Science Museum,The Yomiuri Shimbun.,Nagoya Broadcasting Network Co.,Ltd.
  • Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History
  • Iki City Board of education,Osaka Museum of Natural History,Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History,Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
    Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center,Natural History Museum, Kishiwada City,National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo.,Ibaraki Nature Museum
  • Nagoya City Science Museum


General Admission
1,800 yen
High School/College Students
1,000 yen
Elementary/Middle School Students
500 yen
  • *Preschool children (under school age) have free admission.
  • *High school and college students need to show their student ID for the discounted rate.
  • *With the above-mentioned admission fees, you can access the exhibition rooms of the Nagoya City Science Museum, excluding the planetarium.
  • *Visitors with physical disability certificates or relevant proof can receive a 50% discount on the day's admission fee (applicable for up to two accompanying persons).
  • *Groups of 30 people or more receive a 100 yen discount from the day's admission fee.
  • *Visitors who used the following Nagoya City Transportation Bureau tickets on the day of their visit: "One-Day Pass," "Donichi Eco Ticket," or "Subway All-Line 24-Hour Pass" receive a 100 yen discount from the day's admission fee.
  • *Visitors who bring discount coupons with vouchers issued by the organizing committee receive a 100 yen discount from the day's admission fee.
  • *Discounts cannot be combined with other offers.


  • Nagoya City Science Museum
  • 〒460-0008 Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku, Sakae 2-17-1 (Geijutsu to Kagaku no Mori, Shirakawa Park)
  • TEL: 052-201-4486 FAX: 052-203-0788
  • 5-minute walk from Fushimi Station, on the Subway Higashiyama Line and Tsurumai Line, from exits
  • 4 and 5.
  • 5-minute walk from "Hirokoji Fushimi" bus stop, City Bus.
  • 5-minute walk from "Shirakawa Koen Mae" bus stop, Meitetsu Bus.
Please refer to the official website
Nagoya City Science Museum for detailed access information.