About The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
An interactive educational food museum where visitors learn the importance of invention and discovery
At "The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum", visitors of all ages can enjoy learning first-hand about instant noodles.
On August 25, 1958, Momofuku Ando invented the world's first instant noodles, "Chicken Ramen," after an entire year of research using common tools in a little shed he had constructed in the backyard of his house. Located in the Osaka Prefecture city of Ikeda, the birthplace of instant noodles, The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum introduces visitors to the importance of invention and discovery through informative exhibits and fun hands-on workshops like the Chicken Ramen Factory and the My CUPNOODLES Factory.
Mission of The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
You don't need state-of-the-art facilities to research and invent things.
Why? Because it’s the knowledge in your head that’s important. How much time you spend on a project is not as important as using your time effectively. The idea of instant noodles had been simmering in Momofuku Ando’s head for 10 years, but in the short space of just a year he focused all his energy into inventing this revolutionary product.
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is also a hintful 'idea museum'.
The story of instant noodles shows how a small idea can lead to a big invention. We want children who come to this museum to know that the games they play contain ideas for new discoveries, and that all children have the potential to make these discoveries. We hope that this museum motivates children and plants within them the seeds of free, open-minded thinking and creativity.
Don't give up on your life's dreams.
The Japanese describe people's indomitable spirit with an old saying equivalent to "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Faced with hardship, people are able to summon previously untapped powers. Momofuku Ando bounced back from personal hardships to start his own business at age 48. There is no such thing as "too late" in life.
If you trace the origins of instant noodles, you'll end up at The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.
This museum is practically a historical monument to Japan's food culture. Momofuku Ando believed that "The power of creation is a human being's greatest asset; invention and discovery are what change history." We hope that the museum sends this message to now and future generations.
Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles