Tokyo art exhibits

2020 Summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits

In the lingering late summer heat we recommend hitting a few 2020 summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits. Most of the exhibits close in late September so you have a few weeks to check them out! Note: Most the museums below require youth reserve your tickets online. Have fun and stay cool.

2020 Summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits

Minato Science Museum

Special Exhibition“Insects Exhibition 2020”
Period: Jul 18th – Sep 13th
Admission Fee: Free

Original specimens of beetles, stag beetles, morpho butterflies, giant stick insects, and other insects will be on display. You can also enjoy illustrations and art works of insects drawn by Taro Jueki. Rare beetles and stag beetles will be in the lobby. Why not take a closer? Even within the same species of insects, there is “diversity” – differences in the size of their horns, the shape of their bodies, and their temperament when they fight. Let’s discover these differences through observation of insects.

* Please note that admission is restricted to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Reservations to enter the Museum and Planetarium are required. Temperature and masks will be checked at the entrance.  Call 03-6381-5041 to reserve.

Reservation times:
10am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm
6pm – 8pm

Address: 3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Maps)
Hours: Daily 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
The last planetarium session starts at 7:00 pm. (Final entry is 7:30pm)
CLOSED: The Second Monday of every month, and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
General Admission: FREE
Planetarium Admission (per person, per visit): Adults ¥600 / Child (6-18) ¥100
Annual Membership: Adults ¥2,000 / Child (6-18) ¥300
From the Hibiya Line:
5 mins on foot from Kamiyacho Station exit 4b.
4 mins on foot from Toranomon Hills Station Exit A1, A2
From the Ginza Line:
10 mins on foot from Toranomon Station exit A2.
From the Namboku Line:
15 mins on foot from Roppongi-itchome Station.

Mori Art Museum, 2020 Tokyo exhibits


Mori Art Museum (Roppongi) 

Adult and kids will love this contemporary art exhibit. Some of Japan’s most famous artists exhibit a unique selection of contemporary works from 1950 to present. Reservations necessary. If you can’t get to the museum you can review the list of artwork at this link.
Exhibit Dates: Jul 31  (Fri) – Jan 3  (Sun), 2021; closed Mondays
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Admission: 21:30)* 10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays (Last Admission: 16:30)
Address: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) (google maps)

Cost of Admission: Adults 2,000 yen, Students (University / Highschool) 1,300 yen, Children (Ages 4 through Junior High School Students) 700 yen, Seniors (Ages 65 and over) 1,700 yen
Website: Mori Art Museum (Roppongi) 


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Tokyo University of the Arts Museum (Ueno)

TURN on the EARTH, Tokyo Art University Exhibit: TURN on the EARTH

A great interactive exhibit enhances with AI in iPads. This exhibit was produced with the help of TURN. The exhibit is free but reservations must be made via Peatix. Kids 6 and above will enjoy. A small exhibit so combine with a trip to the National Museum of Nature and Science or the Zoo.TURN on the EARTH, Tokyo Art University
TURN is an art project that brings about interaction in expressive form through encounters among diverse people, transcending differences in customs and backgrounds such as disabled/non-disabled, different generations, genders, nationalities and living environments.

Exhibit Dates: Jul 23 (Thu) – Sep 6 (Sun), 2020; closed Mondays

Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Entry by 16:30)
Address: Main Gallery 3, 4 (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Cost of Admission: Free, but reservations necessary. 

21-21 DESIGN SIGHT, Favorite Family Tokyo Art Musuems


21_21 Design Sight is a museum in Roppongi in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, which opened in 2007. The museum, a design museum, was created by architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake.

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No-Problem Products Exhibit (open until 9/22)

“No problem” products are ones that do not meet retail standards. However, there is a significant movement in Japan to sell less than perfect products in Japan. This exhibit gives an excellent overview of how society can use and accept “No Problem” products

Address:21-21 DESIGN SIGHT . 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo  (google map)
Open: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00(Entrance until 19:30)
Admission:  Adults ¥1,200 / University ¥800, HS ¥500, Jr. HS and under may enter for free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Tokyo Photographic Art MuseumSpecial Exhibit: Moriyama Daido’s Tokyo: ongoing (open until Sep. 22, 2020) – A excellent opportunity to view Moriyama Daido’s collection of Tokyo life photos. A grainy, out of focus photos are an overview of  Daido 50 years of work.

Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo
Open: Closed Monday;open 10:00 to 18:00 (20:00 on Thursdays and Fridays). Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Hours for the first-floor hall vary by program
Admission: Adults ¥700 ( 560 )/College Students ¥560 ( 440 )/High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥350 ( 280 ).
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line

Tokyo Museum of Contemporary ArtTokyo Museum of Contemporary Art (opens June 2nd) – The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo was opened in March, 1995 in Kiba Park, to the East of Sumida River, as a center for the systematic study, collection, preservation and display of contemporary art, focusing primarily on postwar Japanese art but encompassing a wide range of subjects from both here and abroad.

Special Exhibits 

Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art

Present Day and in Times Past – June 2 (Tue) – September 21 (Sun), 2020


Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art

Things Entangling – June 9 (Tue) – September 27 (Sun), 2020


Address: Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Open: Closed Mondays; Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 (if Monday is a national holiday, Museum will be closed instead on Tuesday)
Admission: Adults 1,300 yen, College 900 yen, HS & JH 600 yen, and elementary & under free
Access: From Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.

Teien Art MuseumTeien Art Museum

The Special Exhibit open until 9/27 

A very interesting and educational look into the 1930s of Japan of the uber wealthy.  The museum has been beautifully remodeled. If you do visit, combine with a trip the the Nature Park next door. 

Open Hours: 10:00-18:00; closed 2nd and 4th Wed of each month
Entrance Fee: Depends on exhibit
Address: 5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-3443-0201

The National Art Center (opens June 24th)The national Art Center of Tokyo, Favorite Family Tokyo Art Museums - Museums Kids Love in Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The NACT also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the Art Library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.

MANGA <=> TOKYO (until 11/3)

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Address: Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan, The National Art Center, Tokyo  7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Open: Closed Tuesday, Open from 10:00 – 18:00 (Friday & Saturday nights open until 20:00)
Admission: Adults ¥1,500, College ¥1,200, HS ¥800 yen, Jr. HS and below free.
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

2020 Summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits

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