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Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Here are our recommended Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits. Lots of options from popular characters to Japanese art to keep your kids engaged and amused. These 10 exhibits have varying end dates from June – October 2018. 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.

Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

*****Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation1. Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills) – Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation (now until September 17, 2018)
My teens loved this exhibit. Structured around nine sections based on key concepts for interpreting architecture in Japan today, this exhibition traces the lineage of architecture from ancient times until the present, and explores the elements of genealogy undermined by modernism and concealed beneath, yet undeniably vital still. Featuring 100 projects and over 400 items that include important architectural materials, models, and interactive installations, the wide-ranging exhibits will illuminate not only the state of Japanese architecture in the past and present but also a vision of the future.
Exhibit Dates: 2018.4.25 [Wed] – 9.17 [Mon]; Open everyday
Address: Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Everyday 10:00 – 22:00 (Tuesday closes at 17:00)
Cost: 1,800 JPY Adults, University / Highschool student 1,200 JPY, Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student) 600 JPY,  Senior (Ages 65 & over) 1,500 JPY
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2. 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT “AUDIO ARCHITECTURE” (now until October 14, 2018)For music and art loversWithin the music familiar to our everyday life, is a combination of elements; layers of tone, sonic range and rhythm form a densely designed structure – architecture. There are few opportunities, however, to be conscious of this structure in particular.

Musician Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) has written a new music with a focus on its structure exclusively for this exhibition; it is interpreted from the varying perspectives of spirited creators into disparate video works. Participating in this exhibition are nine creators who challenge new modes of expression with original sensibilities, by traversing fields of film, animation, dance, graphic design, illustration, programming and media design. Exhibition graphic is designed by Masakazu Kitayama (Help!).

The exhibition tries to construct a type of “audio architecture” by repeating the music paired to various films over and over, in the space dynamically designed by Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall). Please come and discover a fresh perspective on music in the venue integrating sound, video and space.

AUDIO ARCHITECTURE @ 21-21 Design Sight Details
Exhibit Dates and Details: June 29, 2018 – October 14 (Sun) Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00 (Entrance until 19:30)
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
Website: http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/

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3.MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless (Odaiba)reserved tickets are necessary

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: Opened June 21st, 2018 – permanent exhibit
Address: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Mon–Thu 11:00–19:00 (21:00**), Fri & Holiday Eve 11:00–21:00 (22:00**) , Sat 10:00–21:00 (22:00**), Sun & Holiday 10:00–19:00 (20:00**) **During Jun 21 – Aug 31 museum is open longer hours. *Last entry 1 hour before the museum closing time.
Access: 5 min walk from Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line) and Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line). Car parking also available in Palette Town parking.
Admission cost: Tickets must be ordered online. Adults 15 and over 3,200 JPY; Child between 4-14  1,000 JPY. Buy tickets

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Snoopy Museum Tokyo, Best Living Japan, Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits4. Snoopy Museum Tokyo (Roppongi) – Final Exhibition – Until September 24th, 2018

Since its opening in April 2016, the Snoopy Museum has welcomed around 950 thousand visitors. On September 2018, it will reach its grand finale. The final exhibition, “FRIENDSHIP IN PEANUTS” is focusing on the various types of friendship represented in the Peanuts comic strip. Charles M. Schulz, the author of Peanuts has depicted funny yet slightly heartrending relationships woven by unique characters. Charlie Brown and Linus are great friends, talking about life leaning against the wall. Snoopy and Woodstock has a strong bond that goes beyond species. Snoopy and his owner Charlie Brown frequently misunderstand each other, even though they look like best friends. Charlie Brown somehow lets out his deepest distresses to Lucy who never lets him kick the football. About 80 original comic strips full of fresh strokes and brand new animations are waiting for you in the final exhibition, where you can enjoy friendship in Peanuts that are humorous and full of pathos. Please stop by to bask in the ‘essence of Peanuts’ in this final exhibition.

Snoopy Museum Tokyo Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: April 21st – September 24th, 2018; 10:00 to 20:00 (admission until 19:30) Open 7 days a week (excpet June 5th)
Address: Roppongi 5-6-20, Minato-ku,Tokyo
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/

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Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits5Michelangelo and the Ideal Body @ The National Museum of Western Art – Tuesday, 19 June 2018 – Monday, 24 September 2018 – Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was called a god-like artist for his mastery of all three major artistic forms – sculpture, painting, and architecture. His Sistine Chapel ceiling’s image of the Creation of Adam, and his fresco of the Last Judgement are renowned worldwide. And yet, he always referred to himself as a sculptor.

His large-scale sculpture – such as the Pieta sculpture in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and David symbolizing the Florentine republic in Florence, both completed in his early 20s – reveal his magnificent technical and artistic prowess, and are treasured in their respective regions. This importance in their home locales has meant that it has previously been extremely difficult to hold an exhibition on Michelangelo in Japan focusing on these works.

Working from a core of Michelangelo’s masterwork sculptures David-Apollo and Young St. John the Baptist, the approximately 70 works displayed here will explore how artists in their respective periods, Antiquity and the Renaissance, created their own ideal human form.

Michelangelo and the Ideal Body Art Exhibit Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: June 19, 2018 – September 24 2018 – Closed Mondays unless a National Holiday, then closed on Tuesday
Open 9:30 – 17:30  Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Cost: Adults: 1,600 yen, College 1,200, High School 800, Junior High and younger free
Website: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2018michelangelo.html
Address:  7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5777-8600
Access: 1 min walk from the Ueno Station on the  JR Yamanote Line (Park Exit); 7 min walk from Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Line; 8 min walk from Ueno Station on the Ginza and Hibiya Lines
Click here for Google Maps directions.

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6. Miraikan “Detective Conan: Scientific Investigation” – Until July 8th, 2018 – Limited English –

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Since it was first published in a weekly magazine in 1994, “Detective Conan” has transcended national boundaries, cultures, and generations and spread across the world; it is a comic with global support. This exhibition allows people to experience and enjoy the process of scientific investigations, using Conan’s familiar worldview as a base.

In this exhibition, visitors follow their detective memo, going around three areas, the “Crime Scene Inspection Area” where they gather evidence, the “Information-Gathering Area” to collect new information, and the “Lab Area” where they scientifically appraise their evidence and then clarify the truth of the case. Look out for an original story not drawn in the original comics, only available in this exhibition.

The exhibition will allow you to experience the process of gathering evidence through observations, collection and analysis of information, and verification as well as the process of reaching logical deductions based on hypotheses. Furthermore, the exhibition will provide you with an opportunity to get a sense of the importance of unraveling matters through the selection and combination of science and technology.

Disney Miraikan Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: April 18 (Wed), 2018 – July 8 (Sun), 2018
Cost: Adults: 1,800 yen, 18 – 7  years old and under: 1,200 yen, 3-6 years 600 yen *Free admission for preschooler
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/conan/
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)
Phone: 03-3570-9151
Access: Tokyo Waterfront New Transit YURIKAMOME: 5 minute walk from Fune-no Kagakukan station; 4 minute walk from Telecom Center station


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Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits7. “THE BODY — Challenging the Mystery” @ National Museum of Nature and Science  – March 13-June 17, 2018– Human bodies are full of mysteries. The human being has continually studied their own bodies and persevered through challenging questions to understand how to survive and to unravel the mechanisms of the body. In this exhibition, we explain the structure and the function of the body, while examining the history of research efforts and meritorious deeds by our predecessors since the Renaissance. Here, we also provide a glimpse of the leading-edge studies on the body and to appreciate how they develop.

“THE BODY — Challenging the Mystery”  @ National Museum of Nature and Science Details
Exhibit Dates and Hours – March 13 – June 17, 2018: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays (Except March 26, April 2, April 30, June 11)); 9:00 – 17:00  (last admittance 16:30)
Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5777-8600
Admission: Special Exhibit – Adult 1,600 JPY, School Age 600 JPY, Nursery and below free: Permanent exhibits – adults 620 yen, high-school students and below free
Website: Museum website http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/. Exhibit website in Japanese http://shinkai2017.jp/
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


*****Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits8. Monet’s Legacy @ Yokohama Museum of Art
 – July 14 – September 14th, 2018  –  Kids will love the bright colors of Monet’s work. A great way to introduce budding artists to the world of painting. Claude Monet (1840-1926) is heralded as a major Impressionist painter. About a century ago, in his final years, Monet created the summation of his life’s work, his “Water Lilies” series designed as “Grand Decorations” for the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s extant paintings, created through his close examination of the landscape, continue to fascinate people today.

Energetic brushstrokes, reverberating colors, a gaze that grasped light’s constant changes and single moments of atmosphere, compositions that immerse the viewer in the landscape, and images that expand beyond the picture plane… The multifaceted characteristics of Monet’s works have stood the test of time and are continued in various forms by present-day artists.  This exhibition presents 25 paintings dating from Monet’s earliest period to his final years, alongside 65 works including not only paintings but also prints, photographs and video works by 26 artists from later generations, to reveal the connections that link them across the years. We can look back on this painter from our position today and see that he surpasses his historical moniker of Impressionist Master as we discover yet new richness, new ongoing fascination in Monet’s arts.
What is about Monet’s work that makes it so compelling? We hope that this exhibition will provide answers to the question and that visitors to the exhibition will discover the fascination and diversity of contemporary art that reflects Monet.

Monet’s Legacy @ Yokohama Museum of Art Details
Exhibit Dates and Hours –  July 14 (Sat.) – September 24 (Mon.), 2018: 10:00 – 18:00 (Thursdays (except August 16, 2018)
Address: Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Phone: 045 221 0300
Admission: Adult 1,800 JPY, College 1,200 JPY,  high school 800 JPY, Junior High and younger free
Access: 3 min walk from Minato Mirai Station (#3 Exit) on the Minato Mirai Line; or 10 min walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR lines (the Keihin – Tohoku Line and the Negishi Line) and on the Yokohama Municipal Subway
Website:  http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/exhibition/index/20180714-500.html


Top Summer 2018 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits


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