Seeking to "examine the relationship between people and pearls" across the centuries, the Pearl Museum presents the history of pearls in society and culture. Topics covered include displays about the pearl industry, the products of natural and cultured pearl and their distribution, and scientific documents on the formation of a natural pearl. The museum collects pearls from ancient times to the beginning of 21st century, and exhibits antique jewelry and arts and crafts. The Museum is located on Mikimoto Pearl Island where Kokichi Mikimoto successfully produced the worlds first cultured pearl in 1893; the Kokichi Mikimoto Memorial Hall is dedicated to his life and works. The Island also offers performances by female pearl divers, known as Ama.'
Address: 1-7-1 Toba, Toba-shi, Mie
Hours open to visitors: 8:30-17:00 (January-November)
Admission Fee: Adults: 1,500 yen
Closed: The second Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on December
Directions: 5 min. walk from Toba Station on the JR or Kintetsu Line
[Walk]JR Toba Station/On foot/5 min.