Jingu Museum of Agriculture is the first industrial museum in Japan whose theme explores the relationship between the works of both nature and mankind. A huge variety of exhibits is on display, including ritual food & alcohol offerings that would often have been made during festivals at the nearby Ise Jingu Shrine, miscellaneous extant industry-related materials from Meiji Era Japan, as well as a large collection of natural science related exhibits - including waxwork plant models and even a stuffed shark!
The museum building is one of few wooden buildings designed by the architect Katayama Tokuma, adopting the Japanese-Western fusion architectural style of the Byodo-in Temple’s Hououdou (Phoenix) Pagoda. As a remaining Meiji Era building, in 1998 the museum was officially declared a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.