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
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.
“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
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
Asian art and a beautiful Japanese garden: 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.
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!
“Kanō School and Tosa School – The World of Official Painters”
Date: February 25th (Thu) -March 31st (Wed), 2021
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
6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Jmwex93FWQXfssi87
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.
Visiting an Art Deco villa: 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!
Don’t miss the garden, which is divided into three areas with different tastes.
“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.
Date: January 30th (Sat) -April 11th (Sun), 2021
“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!
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
Science for everyone: 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.
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.
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
Minato Science Museum
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