The Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry, Japan's first comprehensive institution devoted to pharmaceuticals, was established in 1971. The museum has collected approximately 65,000 documents and 60,000 books, making it one of Japan's leading archives for historical and pharmaceutical documents in terms of both quantity and quality.
The museum is open free of charge to assist health care professionals engaged in research and to promote accurate understanding of pharmaceuticals among the general public. Approximately 40,000 or more people visit the museum each year. The adjoining medicinal botanical garden has approximately 600 varieties of medicinal herbs and plants and is also open to the general public.
The museum has recently been putting additional effort into creation of its website "Pharmaceuticals Museum," which allows users to visit the museum virtually from anywhere at any time. Work is also proceeding on gathering documents and creating a digital archive.