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“Jyu-kanbo”(“special hospital ward”) was a detention center for Hansen's disease patients,which had once existed on the premises of the national sanatorium Kuriu-Rakusenen,Kusatsu town,Gunma Prefecture,Japan.
Despite its name,this “special hospital ward” had been used as a prison for disobedient Hansen's disease patients,As sixty years have passed since its construction,only the foundations of the actual building still remain until nowadays.
Jyu-kanbo National Museum of detention for Hansen's disease patients was established with the intention to contribute to eliminating the discrimination and prejudice against people with Hansen's disease.
The purpose of the museum is to increase the knowledge about the Hansen's disease and respect to the value of life.
In order to achieve this purpose,the museum is devoted to collecting and preserving the historical facts concerning the Jyu-kanbo “special hospital ward,”raising the knowledge about the Hansen's disease itself,and conveying the results of the excavations and research to a wider audience.
 “Jyu-kanbo”(“special hospital ward”) was a detention center for Hansen's disease patients,which had once existed on the premises of the national sanatorium Kuriu-Rakusenen,Kusatsu town,Gunma Prefecture,Japan.
 The exhibition has reconstructed a part of “Jyu-kanbo.”
Visitors can watch documentary programs about “Jyu-kanbo” and see a 1:20 scaled model of “Jyu-kanbo.” 。

Other InformationADMISSION FREE

Period General admission
April 26 〜 November 14
Group Visitors Only
November 15 〜 April 25
Targeted
Customers
Individuals and Groups Groups and Schools with reservation
Visiting
Hours
9 : 30 AM to
4 : 00 PM
(Last Admission: 3 : 30 PM)
10 : 00 AM to
3 : 30 PM
(Last Admission: 3 : 00 PM)
Closed Every Monday
(If a public holiday falls on Monday, the museum will be closed on the following Tuesday)
The day after Public Holidays
Facility maintenance
Every Monday
The day after Public Holidays
New Year Holidays
Facility maintenance