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Top Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits

Top Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits

Most Tokyo kids are now out of school or will be in the next two weeks, so the Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits are rolling out in full force. Here are recommendations for the top Summer Tokyo Kids Exhibits that your kids can enjoy over the next three months.  From science to art there is something for every family to enjoy. If you have an additional exhibit to recommend in Tokyo or other local in Japan, please let us know by leaving a comment below. If you are looking for other fun summer attractions, check out our curated list of Zoos & Aquariums, Art & History Museums, and Tech & Science Museums or Pool & Water Play.  Learn, Laugh and Live!

Top Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits

1. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou: Timeline 1906–1977@ Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno) June 11 – September 22, 2016 –  My kids loved the Pompidou when we visited in Paris two summers ago. Now you can enjoy part of the permanent exhibit in Tokyo. The Centre Pompidou, in the heart of Paris, is famous for its gem-like Top Summer Tokyo Kids Exhibitscollection of modern and contemporary. This exhibition will trace a timeline from 1906 to 1977 by selecting one work by one artist for each year from the Pompidou’s collection. The exhibition, which will include Henri Matisse’s bold, late-period oil painting, Large Red Interior, will survey French 20th-century art by means of a diverse lineup of artists.

Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou: Timeline 1906–1977 Details
Exhibit Dates: June 11  – September 22, 2016 (closed Mondays and July 19th)
Times: Closed Monday; 9:30 – 17:30
Address: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission Cost: Adults on day purchase 1,600 JPY , University Students 1,300 JPY, High School Students 800 JPY, Junior High and below free
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit),  10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station


2. A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece @ Tokyo National Museum A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece (Ueno) June 21  –  September 19, 2016 – This exhibition showcases sculptures, fresco paintings, and metal objects from Greece. Let us set off on a journey through Greek art, which blossomed from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods in various areas in Greece, such as the Aegean Islands, including Cyclades and Crete, as well as Athens, Sparta, and Macedonia. This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan of Greek artworks gathered solely from the country of Greece.
A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece Details
Exhibit Dates:  June 21 – September 19, 2016
Hours:  9:30 – 17:00; Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays until 18:00; closed Mondays (Except for Monday, July 18, August 15, September 19), July 19
Address: Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park), 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission Cost: Adults 1,600 JPY, University students 1,200 JPY, High school students: 900 JPY, Junior high school students and under Free
Event Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1787
10 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit),  10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
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3. Doboku: Civil Engineering,  21_21 Design Sight (Midtown, Roppongi) – June 24 – September 25, 2016 – Walking into the Doboku: Civil Engineering exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight, was not a quiet, boring experience. From the moment you enter the exhibition your senses are alert to the varying sounds of construction, videos streaming on walls and fascinating objects to be touched, walked into and climbed through. Doboku, a Japanese word for “civil

Doboku: Civil Engineering, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo Kids Exhibitsengineering,” is written with two Chinese characters, “do 土” (earth/soil) and “boku 木” (wood).  Interactive, fun but full of information presented in an approachable way, the environment created here is vibrant and full of energy. Read more details here!

Doboku: Civil Engineering, 21_21 Design Sight Details

Exhibit Dates: June 24, 2016 – September 25, 2016
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (last entry 18:30), Closed Tuesday (except August 23rd – 10:00-17:00 with last entry at 16:30)
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Admission Cost: General ¥1,100 / University Student ¥800 / High School Student ¥500 / Junior High School Student and under may enter for free
*¥200 discount for a group of over 15 people
*With a certification of disability, admission is free as well as that of an accompanying care-giver.
Website:  www.2121designsight.jp
Access: 5 min walk from exit to Tokyo Midtown Roppongi station on the Toei Oedo line, Exit 6 Roppongi station on the Tokyo metro Hibiya Line and Exit 3 Nogizaka station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

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4.  “The NINJA” Miraikan (Odaiba, Tokyo) – July 2  – October 10, 2016 – Unravel the mystery of “the True “The NINJA” Miraikan , Tokyo Kids ExhibitsNinja” through historical records, science and experience! – Ninja are loved all over the world in a myriad forms, including films, anime and many more. Who exactly were the Ninja is still shrouded in mystery but, thanks to academic research carried out by Mie University and others, the truth is now being uncovered. The Ninja were people with comprehensive abilities in terms of “mind, skills and body” and ninjutsu was an accumulation of practical knowledge concerning nature and society. This exhibition offers you the opportunity to train yourself in throwing shuriken, improving your jumping power, and introduces skills like memory enhancing techniques, sending secret messages, and special breathing techniques necessary for successful completion of a mission. By studying old ninjutsu manuscripts, and with the help of modern science, we can get close to the “True Ninja” and find hints that may help us to survive in the coming future.

Special Exhibition “The NINJA” Details
Exhibit Dates: July 2  – October 10, 2016;  (closed 7/5、7/12、9/6、9/13、9/20、9/27、10/4)
Hours:  10:00  – 17:00
Address: Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Admission Cost: Adults: 1,600 yen, 18 years old and under: 1,000 yen  junior high to 18 years old. 3 – elementary 500 yen *Free admission for 0-2.
Event Website:http://www.fujitv.co.jp/events/ninjaten/
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/gameon/
Access: Tokyo Waterfront New Transit YURIKAMOME: 5 minute walk from “Fune-no Kagakukan station” /4 minute walk from “Telecom Center station”

5.Ghibli Exhibit, Roppongi Hills, 2016 Tokyo Summer Kids Exhibits Ghibli Exhibition @ Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View Observation Deck Sky Gallery (Roppongi Hills) July 7 – September 11, 2016 – If you are a Ghibli fan this exhibit with hundreds of posters, artwork and movie memorabilia will be a pleaser. The Ghibli franchise is celebrating more than 30 years in the business of bringing imagination to Japan and now the world. This exhibit is short so is expect to be crowded despite the higher than normal admission price. However, if you are an anime lower, it is a “not to be missed” this summer.

Ghibli Exhibition ~ From Nausicaa to their newest work, The Red Turtle Details
Exhibit Dates:
July 7 – September 11, 2016
10 a.m.–10 p.m. (entry until 9:30 p.m.)
Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View Observation Deck Sky Gallery, Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52nd floor
Admission Cost: 
Adults 1,800 JPY, College and high school 1,200 JPY and 4 and above 600 JPY
 5 min walk from Roppongi Station on the Oedo or Hibiya Lines
http://www.roppongihills.com/tcv/jp/ghibli-expo/ (No English)

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6. Hunters of the Ocean (海のハンター) @ The National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno) July 8 – October 2, 2016 –  is great to visit any time of the year with kids, but this summer you can cool off and get goose bumps at the Hunters of the Ocean Exhibit. View and learn about marine life from prehistoric times to today. There are huge sharks, dinosaurs, and other carnivores creatures. Learn about how they hunt and how they lived and will live going forward or not due to civilization’s impact on the seas. We are not responsible for children refusing to swim in the ocean after attending this exhibit.Hunters of the Sea, Tokyo Kids Exhibits

Hunters of the Ocean Details
Exhibit Dates: July 8 – October 2, 2016 (closed 7/11 Mon・7/19 Tues, 9/5 Mon, 9/12 Mon, 9/20 Tues)
Times: Closed Monday; 9:00 – 17:00 Tues – Thurs; 9:00 – 20:00 Fri
Address: National Museum of Nature and Science, 7-20 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission Cost: Adults on day purchase 1,600 JPY (advance purchase 1,400 JPY), Elementary – High School Stunts 600 on day purchase (500 JPY advance purchase), Friday night special 2 adults for 2,000 JPY
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit),  10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
Website: http://umi.exhn.jp/event/

The Universe and Art, Tokyo Kids Exhibits7.  The Universe and Art @ The Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills) July 30, 2016 – January 9, 2017 – If you have a space lover in the family this show will be a pleaser! Come learn how our universe is of perennial interest, appearing in art all around the world as an object of worship and study over the centuries, and spawning countless stories. “The Universe and Art,” in just one exhibition, will offer a diverse selection of around 200 items from across the globe and down the centuries, in multiple genres, from meteorites and fossils to historic astronomical material by Da Vinci and Galileo. The Exhibit is comprised of four sections: “How Have Humans through the Ages Viewed the Universe?” “The Universe as Space-Time” “A New View of Life – Do Aliens Exist?” and “Space Travel and the Future of Humanity”.
The Universe and Art @ The Mori Art Museum Details
Exhibit Dates: July 30, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Hours:  Open every day 10:00  – 22:00  (10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays)
Address: Mori Art Museum, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Admission Cost: Adults 1,600 yen, College and High school 1,100 yen, 4-12 years 600 yen, under 4 free
Event Website: http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/universe_art/index.html
Website: http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station on the Oedo or Hibiya Lines

Snoopy Museum Tokyo, Best Living Japan8. Snoopy Museum Tokyo (Roppongi) until September 25, 2016 – 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. Read about our visit and how to purchase tickets.

Snoopy Museum Tokyo Details
Exhibit Dates: April 23, 2016 – September 25, 2016
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 2,000 JPY, University/College students (with valid student ID) 1,400 JPY, Junior high/High school students (with valid student ID) 1,000 JPY, Youth 4 and up/Elementary school students 600 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/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snoopymuseumtokyo/


Top Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits

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