Abstract We established a novel culture method for generating dendritic cells (DC) from mouse bone marrow (BM) cells. Unfractionated bulk BM cells were cultured in the presence of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin-4 (IL-4) for 5–7 days and a DC population was isolated by gradient centrifugation with 14.5% (w/v) metrizamide. Through this method, 30–40×10 6/mouse DC with 85–95% purity was obtained on day 7; this yield was higher than those of conventional DC generated by Inaba's method either with GM-CSF alone (conventional-GM DC) or GM-CSF and IL-4 (conventional-GM/4 DC). Bulk-cultured DC have a more matured phenotype than both conventional-GM and -GM/4 DC as shown by higher expression of CD86, MHC class II and CD40. Functional analyses reveal that (1) bulk-DC show less ability in endocytosis than conventional-GM DC and are comparable in IL-12 p70 production with conventional-GM and -GM/4 DC. (2) Bulk-DC exhibit stronger stimulatory capacity in allogeneic T-cell proliferation than conventional DC. (3) By using ovalbumin (OVA) and OVA-specific T-cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mice (DO11.10) system, OVA protein-loaded bulk-DC stimulated CD4 T cells of DO11.10 mice more than conventional-GM DC and comparable with conventional-GM/4 DC. (4) Furthermore, OVA peptide-pulsed bulk-DC stimulated CD4 T cells more than conventional-GM and -GM/4 DC. These data indicate that bulk-DC are functionally more mature than conventional DC. Taken together, bulk-culture method is a simple technique for generating functionally mature BM–DC in large quantities and high purity.