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From art to science ー Best museums in Tokyo’s Minato Ward you have to visit!

Have you ever heard the Japanese expression “autumn of art”? We think that it’s time to invent a “spring of art”! In spring, when the weather can change fast, museums are the perfect place to go. In this article, we introduce some of Minato Ward’s best museums focusing on different topics from art to science and their current and upcoming exhibitions!

Roppongi / Akasaka

Design potential: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT has an exciting architecture! PHOTO: MASAYA YOSHIMURA

Opened in 2007, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is a facility focusing on design. Interested in the latest trends in the world of design? Well, at this museum anyone can experience, and get a new view on, art and design while making surprising discoveries.

Current Exhibition

“traNslatioNs – Understanding Misunderstanding”
This exhibition, based on the idea of informatics researcher Dominique Chen that “translation is the design of communication”. The exhibition approach this theme from various angles.

Date: October 16, 2020 (Fri) – June 13, 2021 (Sun)
* Advance reservation is not required.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/
9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Inside Tokyo Midtown Midtown Garden)
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/8RpQbDRMfTV9THKj6
Nearest stations: Roppongi Station, Nogizaka Station


Aoyama area

Asian art and a beautiful Japanese garden: Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum

The entrance area of the Nezu Museum

The Nezu Museum is a private museum with a collection of 7,420 artworks mainly from Asia, including national treasures and important cultural properties. All explanations of the displayed works have English translations.

Nezu Museum

Inside the museum

Behind the building is a huge Japanese garden that feels like a magical forest. We also recommend a visit to the cafe inside the garden which with its big windows offers a stunning view!

Current Exhibition

Kanō School and Tosa School – The World of Official Painters
Date: February 25th (Thu) -March 31st (Wed), 2021

Upcoming Exhibition

Special Exhibition Celebrating the Museum’s 80th Anniversary
“The National Treasure Irises Screens – The Allure of Color”
Date: April 17th (Sat) -May 16th (Sun), 2021

Nezu Museum

6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Jmwex93FWQXfssi87
http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/
Nearest stations: Omotesando station, Nogizaka station
* Please use the function “Online date and time designated reservation” on the official website as much as possible. Same-day tickets might be sold out.


Shirokane

Visiting an Art Deco villa: Teien Art Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

If you visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, you can get a glimpse of the residence of a Japanese royal family, the Asakanomiya family, and the cutting-edge lifestyle of Tokyo 90 years ago. Take a tour through the villa and discover now rare Art Deco furniture and interior design!

Many of the glass decorations are by French glass craftsmen René Lalique and Max Ingrand (who never got the chance to see their works here in Japan!).

Don’t miss the garden, which is divided into three areas with different tastes.

Teien Museum

The teahouse in a corner of the huge garden

Current Exhibition

“CONSTRUCTIVE POSTERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY”
This poster exhibition focuses on “Constructivism” which originated in Europe in the 1910s and 20s and revolutionized art and design.
https://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/en/exhibition/210130-0411_ConstructivePostersOfThe20th.html

Date: January 30th (Sat) -April 11th (Sun), 2021

Upcoming Exhibition

“Looking at Architecture 2021 – The Lustrous Colors of Art Deco”
This annual exhibition allows visitors to enjoy the beauty and charms of the Former Residence of Prince Asaka. Don’t miss it!
https://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/exhibition/210424_0613_TheLustrousColorsofArtDeco.html

Date: April 24th (Sat) -June 13th (Sun), 2021
* The garden is only open the following dates: April 13, 2021 (Tue) – April 23, 2021 (Fri)

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

https://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/en/
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/dERJckhLcBA7QXjk6
Nearest stations: Meguro Station, Shirokanedai Station


Toranomon 

Science for everyone: Minato Science Museum

Minato Science Museum

Minato Science Museum allows children and adults to have fun playing games using the latest technology, while also learning about science. Learn about science in the city and around the Minato Ward with a hands-on games using the latest technology.

 

The exhibition space consists of four areas: “Nature”, “City”, “Human”, and “Sea”. In each corner, visitors are encouraged to think about familiar things in the city with a scientific approach.

One highlight of the Minato Science Museum is its planetarium. Using the latest technology, the planetarium shows the beautiful starry sky of Tokyo. It’s a powerful visual experience!

* Currently the number of visitors is limited to prevent infections. Please see the official website for the latest details.

Event Information

The “Sports Exhibition,” held until May, introduces the world of sports from a scientific viewpoint. The exhibition focuses on the evolution of sports equipment, including the latest para-sports equipment.

Date: March 10th (Wed) -May 9th (Sun), 2021
Participation fee: Free
https://minato-kagaku.tokyo/event/2021春の企画展%E3%80%80スポーツ展/

Minato Science Museum

https://minato-kagaku.tokyo/ (Japanese)
https://minato-kagaku.tokyo/english/ (English)
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/VwiShjbDpb9qnsfA6
Nearest stations: Toranomon Hills Station, Kamiyacho Station, Toranomon Station, Roppongi-itchome Station


 

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