Here are our recommended Spring Summer 2017 Tokyo Museum Exhibits for Families. Lots of options from popular characters to Japanese art to keep your kids engaged and amused, while learning a bit about art and science. There are six exhibits listed with varying end dates from May – September 2017. Don’t miss out! If you are just looking for a fun museum any time of the year check out our top, Tokyo Museums with Kids.
Spring Summer 2017 Tokyo Museum Exhibits for Families
1. Animals in Ukiyo-e Exhibit ～From Cat to Dragon Until May 28, 2017 – Not all adults nor kids enjoy Ukiyo-e prints, however, who doesn’t like picture of cute animals. This exhibit provides a great opportunity to appreciate Japanese art. From pets such as cats and goldfish to personified octopuses and foxes to mystical dragons and kappa (water sprite). The exhibition “Animals in Ukiyo-e”, which introduced various animals depicted in ukiyo-e and enjoyed popularity in 2010, has come back with an even more powerful collection. Twice as many pieces, approximately 160 in total, will be exhibited.
Event Date: April 1, 2017 – May 28, 2017
Time of Event: 10:30 – 17:30
Address: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng
Cost: Adults 700 JPY, University and senior high school students 500 JPY
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote Line
Ota Museum Website:http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/exhibition-eng/animals-in-ukiyo-e
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2. Marvel: Age of Heroes Exhibition Until June 25, 2017 – The first Marvel Exhibition in Japan opened at the Roppongi Hills Tokyo City view on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. They are showcasing over 200 pieces of work chronicling Marvel`s past to present; costumes, props, documents and more. An amazing exhibit for Marvel Fans with amazing views of Tokyo.
Event Date and Time: Until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cost: Adults: 1,800 JPY; High school/college students: 1,200 JPY; Children under 4 to middle school students: 600 JPY; Seniors (65 & up): 1,500 JPY
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6-10-1) Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View 52F
Access: From the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 1C: 0 minutes (concourse is directly connected); From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 3: 4-minute walk; From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Azabu Juban Station, Exit 7: 5-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Juban Station, Exit 4: 8-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka, Exit 5: 10-minute walk
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3. Snoopy Museum Tokyo (Roppongi) Until September 24, 2017 – If you are a die-hard Snoopy fan, this is a great history museum that chronicles both Charles M. Schulz life and work. Since the museum is very history based and entails a lot of reading I do not recommend for younger children. I think teens and above will enjoy spending 1-2 hours reading the comics and learning the progress of Mr. Schulz’s life. The Snoopy Museum Tokyo is a mini take on the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Snoopy Museum Center in Santa Rosa, California, which is a mecca for Peanuts and Snoopy fans. The Snoopy Museum Roppongi is the first international Snoopy Museum, which is sure to delight the maniac Japanese fans.
The Snoopy Museum Tokyo will celebrate their one year anniversary this April with an exhibition called “PEANUTS GANG ALL STARS!” “Following the previous exhibition where Snoopy himself was featured, you will be able to meet the familiar characters as the ‘Peanuts Gang All Stars’ in this exhibition. There will be about 200 exhibited items, including a brand new interactive theater and original comic strips where you can learn about the relationship between each character and Snoopy.”
Exhibit Dates: April 22nd, 2017 (Sat) – September 24th, 2017 (Sun)
Address: Roppongi 5-6-20, Minato-ku,Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (admission until 19:30) Open 7 days a week
Admission cost: Adults 1,800 JPY, University/College students (with valid student ID) 1,200 JPY, Junior high/High school students (with valid student ID) 800 JPY, Youth 4 and up/Elementary school students 400 JPY, 3 and under free
Access: 7 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station, and 10 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Azabu Juban Station
Website (in English): http://www.snoopymuseum.tokyo/en/
4. The Art of Disney – The Magic of Animation Period @ Miraikan – Approximately 500 pieces of artwork will be on display in Japan to reveal the nearly 90 years of Disney’s animation history from Steamboat Willie (1928), the world’s first feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Dumbo (1941) and other classics, to Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016) and the latest Moana (U.S. release set on November 2016). The exhibition will feature original drawings, paintings, sketches, concept art and more behind the scene materials.
The exhibition concept is “the magic of animation” (the moment when life is given). Disney animation has created various “magic” or “techniques” to give life to their characters from making full use of imagination to incorporating each era’s latest technology. Just like Pinocchio, who through magical enchantment came to life, we will reveal some of the many techniques used to bring beloved Disney characters to life.
Dates: April 8 – September 24, 2017 (closed Tuesday, except May 2, July 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th.
Time of event: 10:00 – 17:00 Daily. Closed on Tuesday except 3/29, 4/5 and 5/3.
Cost: Adults: 1,800 yen, 18 – 7 years old and under: 1,200 yen, 3-6 years 600 yen *Free admission for preschooler
Address: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan, 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区Aomi, ２−３−６)
Access: Tokyo Waterfront New Transit YURIKAMOME: 5 minute walk from “Fune-no Kagakukan station” /4 minute walk from “Telecom Center station”
21-21 Design Sight Details
Dates: February 7 – June 4th, 2017
Time of event: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00 （Entrance until 19:30）
Open days and hours: Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Adults 1,100 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
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6. YAYOI KUSAMA: My Eternal Soul @ The National Art Center, Tokyo – Attended this exhibit with my 4-year–old and she loved the colors, patterns, and final sticker house. Kusama is a very versatile artist working with paint, soft sculpture and poetry. It is fascinating to see her early works as a child and student and how she matured and adjusted her techniques while dealing with personal challenges. She is now one of the most know artists from Japan and continues to extensively around the world. An exhibit not to be missed.
The National Art Center, Tokyo Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul exhibition features 132 paintings from Kusama’s “My Eternal Soul” series that she embarked on in 2009. The exhibition also presents a retrospective view, through 80 works that range from her earliest drawings to the present. These are lent from a number of collections. In all, over 270 works selected from Kusama’s more than 70-year prolific career are on display
Dates: February 22 – May 22, 2017
Time of event: Closed on Tuesday (Open May 2nd GW), Open from 10:00 – 18:00 (Friday night open until 20:00)
Address: Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan, The National Art Center, Tokyo 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Cost: Adults 1,600 JPY, College students 1,200 yen, High School Students 800 yen
Access: Direct accèss from Nogizaka Station (exit 6) on the Chiyoda Line, 5 min walk from Roppongi Station (Exit 4a) on the Hibiya Line, or 4 min walk from Roppongi Station (Exit 7) on the Oedo Line
Spring Summer 2017 Tokyo Museum Exhibits for Families
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