Exhibit Information

This page introduces the exhibits at the Olympus Museum.

Medical

GT-I, the world's first practical gastrocamera
GT-I, the world's first practical gastrocamera (1952)

Olympus succeeded in developing the world's first practical gastrocamera in 1950, beginning an endoscope business in the field of digestive care that currently occupies a nearly 70% share of the business worldwide.
In this area visitors will find the I-type gastrocamera GT-I (1952) which was certified as a piece of Mechanical Engineering Heritage by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. There is also a variety of Olympus innovative endoscope technologies including a video endoscope system display and the devices used with endoscopes. In the interactive experience spaces, visitors can try endoscopic surgical products.

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Scientific Solutions

Asahi, the first Olympus microscope (1920)
Asahi, the first Olympus microscope (1920)

Olympus was founded by Takeshi Yamashita in the 1919 on the dream of making domestic production microscopes a reality. The display covers from Asahi, the first Olympus microscope (1920), to the microscope products that support cutting edge medical study, industry and research.
Here visitors can also exprieance non-destructive testing instruments which are essential for testing of industrial equipment and social infrastructure such as aircraft engines and bridges. They can also view samples through biological microscopes and stereo microscopes as well as try industrial endoscopes.

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Imaging

Semi-Olympus I, the first Olympus camera (1936)
Semi-Olympus I, the first Olympus camera (1936)

In 1934, the optical technology cultivated in the business of microscopes was utilized to begin research on camera lenses, finally resulting in the Zuiko lens in 1936. Beginning with the Semi-Olympus I (1936), the first Olympus camera, visitors can view various famous models-Olympus PEN and OM series-in the film camera era, along with other historic products such as a microcassette recorder, audio products, and digital cameras. There is also a corner where visitors can handle the actual products.

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