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Museums in Tokyo

Like many metropolises around the world, Tokyo offers a number of museums for visitors to enjoy. In Tokyo, you can find art museums, science museums, Japanese and other history museums, and architectural museums, among others. Most museums are scattered throughout the city, though there is a small concentration of them at Ueno Park. Japan also has some smaller, specialized museums, such as doll museums, which are harder to find unless you’re looking for them.

Mori Art Museum

Address 6−10−1,Roppongi, Minato,TokyoMap
Description The Mori Art Museum is located in Roppongi Hills, and can be best accessed from Roppongi Station on the Oedo and Hibiya Lines. The museum is housed in Mori Tower on the 53rd floor, close to the top. Mori Art Museum hosts predominantly modern exhibits designed by contemporary artists. Pieces are not limited to paintings, and the museum often contains large sculptures, sometimes incredible and sometimes bizarre. The exhibits rotate relatively frequently, so there’s usually something new to revisit.

Mori Arts Center Gallery

Address 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6153Map
Description The Mori Arts Center Gallery can be found on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, just below the Mori Art Museum. The closest station to Mori Tower is Roppongi Station which you can get to on the Oedo or Hibiya Lines. While the Mori Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art pieces, the Mori Arts Center Gallery is not so strict, with exhibits ranging from fashion expositions to movie showings. Admission to the gallery costs 1,500 yen for adults, and additionally grants access to the art museum and the observation deck.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Address 8-36 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku,Tokyo 110-0007Map
Description The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is one of several museums funded by the city of Tokyo. You can find the museum in Ueno Park, a brief walk from Ueno Station. The museums building was built as a mansion to house the wealthy Asaka family in 1933, but later became a place to stay for government dignitaries before being converted into a museum in 1983. The museum closed for renovations in 2011, and is planning to reopen sometime in 2014. Exhibits are varied, including both Japanese and Western art.

The National Museum of Modern Art

Address 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322Map
Description The National Museum of Modern Art is located right next to the grounds of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. To get to the museum, take the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Takabashi Station, and it’s about a 3 minute walk from there. The National Museum of Modern Art is known for its great collection of 20th century Japanese and Western art. The museum is split into three buildings: the main Art Museum, the Crafts Gallery, and the National Film Center.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Address 4-1-1, Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022Map
Description The Museums of Contemporary Art Tokyo is, as its name suggests, a modern art museum. The museum is quite large, with three floors dedicated to temporary exhibits, and two floors for the museum’s permanent collection, which actually makes the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo the largest dedicated modern art museum in the country. The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is situated on the east side of the city, and is a 10 minute walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Address 1-4-1, Yokozuna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015Map
Description The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a history museum dedicated to showing life in Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1867). The museum is located near Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line or Oedo Subway Line. The museum structure itself is quite interesting, with the main building elevated up and designed to reflect a traditional Japanese storehouse in style. Inside, one of the Edo-Tokyo Museum’s main attractions is a life-size replica of the major bridge leading into the city, Nihonbashi.

Edo tokyo open air architectural museum

Address 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-0005Map
Description The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is a branch of the Edo-Tokyo Museum with an interesting take on exhibits. The self-professed purpose of the museum is to show visitors what it was like to be inside a variety of historical buildings from Japan’s past that people today wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Museum patrons can wander around everything from reconstructed Edo Period mansions to Meiji Period western style residences. The architectural museum is located squarely in western Tokyo, and can be accessed via a short bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line.