Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, FPDM, was founded in Katsuyama, Fukui, in July 2000, and it is one of the largest natural history museums in Japan with a focus on Dinosaur.
In 1998, fossils of teeth from small carnivorous dinosaurs were discovered in the Kitadani quarry of Katsuyama city. After that, a lot of dinosaur fossils were found from the stratum layers around Hokuriku area, which are called the Tetori Group. As a result, both Fukui Prefecture and Katsuyama City attracted attention among dinosaur researchers in Japan.
In 2000, an oval-shaped dinosaur museum designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa was built in Katsuyama.
This Museum has a large hall, have three zones which are “Dinosaur World”, “Earth Science”, and “History of Life”.
There are a lot of skeletons and specimens in this museum including Fukuisaurus and Fukuiraptor that ware found in Fukui.
Along with a permanent exhibition, special exhibition are held and many tourists visit. Near the museum, there are places where tourists can experience fossil excavation, and “Katsuyama Dino Park” in the forest where they walk and find “dinosaurs”. In 2014, they opened an open-air dinosaur museum near the Kitadani quarry. You can go by bus to the excavation site, where tourists actually dig for fossils. In the 2015 fiscal year, more than 930,000 visitors, more than the population of Fukui Prefecture, went to this museum.
Address: 51−11, Terao, Muroko, Katsuyama, Fukui 911-8601