The National Science Museum first opened in 1871 and had been renamed multiple times since then. The museum was built on the northeast corner of Ueno Park in Tokyo. It has been known as the National Museum of Nature and Science since 2007. In the 1990s and 2000s, renovation work was conducted. It features exhibitions on the natural history and science in Japan. Some of the science exhibits that focus on the studies conducted before the Meiji Period (1869- 1912). At the museum you can experience the hands-on physics and robotics experiments. There is also an impressive collection of animal displays. In the museum you can find a 360- degree virtual theater that came from the Aichi Expo. Outside at the front of the museum is a full scale steam locomotive. The Tsukuba Botanical Garden is part of the museum as one of the research branches and is one of the top botanical facilities in Japan.