1982 marked the debut of the classic science fiction mecha anime ‘The Super Dimension Fortress Macross’. The series was created by Shoji Kawamori and sparked multiple sequels, mangas, spin-off TV series, video games, OVAs and even a musical. The most recent TV series so far is 2008′s Macross Frontier which in itself has gathered a cult following.

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Now, 31 years after the very first series aired in 1982, a museum dedicated to the Macross franchise has now opened. The museum opened yesterday, June 28 at the second floor of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum which can be found in Takarazuka City, Hyogo. The museum will be available from June 28 until October 28. 2013, however, the museum will be closed every Wednesday.

One of the highlights of the museum is the life-size cockpit of VF-1.

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The exhibit also includes photo albums like “the Legendary Diva Lynn Minmay’s photo album” as well as the costumes and props of Macross characters like Lynn Minmai, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee. Also displayed are several 1/60 scale Valkyrie models as well as other Macross mechs. And of course, what museum can be complete without some artwork? They also had several souvenir items up for sale like T-shirts, flags and other Macross merchandise.

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There is a 700 yen entrance fee for adults, 400 yen for middle-schoolers and 100 yen for elementary kids. There is also a 1300 yen special ticket with art card available. Macross: The museum is part of the 30th anniversary of Macross.

Sources: Macross World and Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum