There are many wonderful museums in Tokyo. Among them, “Kitanomaru Garden” offers four museums with completely different line-ups. There is something for every taste!
Especially the autumn leaves are splendid at “Kitanomaru Garden”! When visiting Tokyo from late November to early December, make sure you don’t miss this area!
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) was the first national art museum in Japan. The museum owns a collection of contemporary artworks from the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912) all the way to the present. Japan was a closed country until the beginning of the Meiji era, but after Japan opened to the West, many young Japanese artists went abroad to study art in Europe. The Japanese painting style mixed with the influences of foreign art is very unique and interesting!
Don’t miss the view from the ‘Room with a view’. From here, you can see the moat and some parts of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.
The MOMAT offers “Let’s Talk Art!”, Japan’s first cross-cultural art-appreciation program in English. Check their official website for further details.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo – Crafts Gallery
The Crafts Gallery owns a huge collection consisting of numerous Japanese ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, dyed fabrics and graphic design lined up from the Meiji Era (1868-1912) to the present age. Pieces from the collection are shown in unique theme exhibitions. Also, the Crafts Gallery is designated as an important cultural asset.
※The crafts gallery will close and move to Ishikawa Prefecture from March 2020.
The Science Museum is one big playground. The building has 5 fully packed floors where you can dive into science and learn something new. The exhibition is designed for all ages – there is something for everyone, from children to adults. It’s a great place to deepen your understanding of science while playing or watching some live experiments in the lab. Don’t miss this wonderful museum!!
National Archives of Japan
Opened in 1971, the National Archives of Japan is the place where Japanese historical materials and important official documents are preserved. Since you can also visit the facility, please stop by and visit the permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions. It’s a recommended facility not only for those who want to learn more about Japanese history but also for researchers!
In addition, you can access parts of the collections online. The archive is especially proud of the web version of its huge Genroku map of Japan, which is an “Important Cultural Properties “. A must-see!
Access the Digital Archive: https://www.digital.archives.go.jp
Which museum did you like?
We wish you a pleasant time relaxing in “Kitanomaru Garden” and visiting the museums!