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Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Here are our recommended Top 10 Summer 2019 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 2019. 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 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Top 10 - Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

1. 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT “YOJI KURI’s Crazy House” (Now until June 30, 2019)Yoji Kuri is an artist who has been superhumanly creating an ever-growing oeuvre, including over 800 pieces of animation, 3,000 drawings, and more than 100,000 pages of manga, since his first exhibition in 1956. Many of his works portray surreal fantasy worlds filled with humor, which have never failed to surprise and please the viewers.
In addition to the animation pieces currently shown in the exhibition “SENSE OF HUMOR” in Gallery 1&2, Gallery 3 will delightedly introduce his latest drawings to further expands the imaginative world of Yoji Kuri, who has recently turned 91-years-old.

“YOJI KURI’s Crazy House” @ 21-21 Design Sight Details
Exhibit Dates and Details: June 8 – June 30, 2019 (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Gallery 1 & 2
Cost: General ¥1,100 / University Students ¥800 / High School Students ¥500 / Junior High School Students and under may enter for 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/gallery3/crazy_house/index.html

 

2. Gustav Klimt: Vienna – Japan 1900 (April 23 – July 20, 2019)

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)—a leading figure in Viennese art at the turn of the 20th century. Klimt’s paintings, known for their opulent decorative character and fin-de-siècle eroticism, still today enjoy widespread popularity. This exhibition marking the centennial of the artist’s death will feature more than 25 oil paintings by Klimt—the largest display ever to be realized in Japan. They will range from early naturalistic works and foremost “Golden Phase” painting, created after his forming the Viennese Secession, to sensual portraits of women and the landscapes he painted throughout his career. Through these and works by Klimt’s contemporaries in Vienna, Japanese artworks inspirational to his style, and a re-creation of exhibits at Viennese Secession Building—using elaborate reproduction of the wall paintings—viewers will revel in the splendor of fin-de-siècle Viennese art.
When: April 23– July 10, 2019; 9:30 – 17:30
Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Adults 1,400 yen/ College students 1,100 yen / HS students 600 yen / Seniors 65+ 800 yen
Website: https://www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/2019_klimt.html

 

3. “The Science Behind Pixar” Until September 16th, 2019 – The first “Science Behind Pixar” Exhibition opened in Japan at the Roppongi Hills Tokyo City view on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. Participate in fun hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!. An amazing exhibit for Pixar fans with amazing views of Tokyo.

“The Science Behind Pixar” Details
Exhibit Dates and Time: Now until September 16th, 2019.
Cost: Adults: 1,800 JPY; High school/college students: 1,200 JPY; Children under 4 to Jr. High students: 600 JPY; Seniors (65 & up): 1,500 JPY
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6-10-1) Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View 52F

Access: From the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 1C: 0 minutes (concourse is directly connected); From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 3: 4-minute walk; From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Azabu Juban Station, Exit 7: 5-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Juban Station, Exit 4: 8-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka, Exit 5: 10-minute walk
Website: https://www.tokyocityview.com/pixar-himitsu-ten/

Top 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

 

4. Upon the 60th Anniversary of the NMWA THE MATSUKATA COLLECTION: A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey @ The National Museum of Western Art (Now until  September 23, 2019) – 

From the Museum website – This exhibition, celebrating the museum’s 60th anniversary, traces the century-long journey of the Matsukata Collection––buffeted by the waves of turbulent times. The 160 or so artworks on display include some of the masterpieces from among the works dispersed in and outside Japan, such as the renowned Bedroom in Arles by Van Gogh and Water LiliesReflections of Weeping Willows by Monet, the latter rediscovered in Paris as recently as 2016. They are shown along with a variety of historical materials.

THE MATSUKATA COLLECTION: A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 – Monday, 23 September 2019
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: https://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2019matsukata.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.

5. The Mammoth @ Miraikan (now until November 4, 2019

Transcending time, mammoths make a return, as their ‘resurrection’ means the beginning of a new dream and challenge for mankind. Including the Yukagir Mammoth, which generated an enormous interest amongst 7 million enthusiastic fans at the ‘Expo 2005 Aichi Japan,’ recently excavated various rare frozen specimens from the permafrost of the Russian Federation, will also be on show as a world premiere, making it the biggest mammoth exhibition ever.

These mammoths that lived in ancient times, have been uncovered in this modern period from the permafrost. Spinning the future of life sciences through the “Mammoth Resurrection Project,” the long history of the species, which transcends time and space, makes us pose the question, “What is life about?”.

Due to the influence of global warming in recent years, numerous mammoths, a massive land mammal said to have become extinct approximately 4,000 years ago, have been uncovered from the permafrost of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation. Unlike typical fossils, the excavated mammoths have been preserved in a frozen state, making them uniquely “fresh” despite being thousands of years old. The head of a frozen Yukagir Mammoth was first exhibited in Japan at the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan, generating an enormous interest. In 2006, the frozen Yukagir Mammoth was exhibited throughout Japan, including at Miraikan. As part of the upcoming exhibition, many other frozen specimens of recently excavated ancient animals will also be premiered, in addition to the famous Yukagir Mammoth.

The Mammoth Details
Exhibit Dates and Times: June 7 – November 4, 2019 (closed Tuesday, except on July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, October 22, 2019). – 10:00 – 17:00 Daily.
Cost: Adults: 1,800 yen, 18 – 7  years old and under: 1,400 yen, 3-6 years 900 yen *Free admission for preschooler
Website: https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/mammothten/
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

Top 10 Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles @ Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits6. Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles @ Mori Art Museum (June 20 – October 27, 2019)

Berlin -based international artist Shiota Chiharu is known for performances and installations that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams, silence and more. Often arising out of personal experience, her works have enthralled people all over the world and from all walks of life by questioning universal concepts such as identity, boundaries, and existence. Particularly well-known is her series of powerful installations consisting of threads primarily in red and black strung across entire spaces. This will be the largest-ever solo exhibition by Shiota Chiharu. The subtitle “The Soul Trembles” references the artist’s earnest hope to deliver to others soul-trembling experiences derived from nameless emotions.

When: June 20-October 27, 2019
Where: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Admission: 1,800 yen, Adult 1,800 yen, University / Highschool student 1,200 yen, Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student) 600 yen
Senior (Ages 65 & over) 1,500 yen

Website: https://www.mori.art.museum/en/exhibitions/shiotachiharu/index.html

Top 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

21-21 DESIGN SIGHT “Insects: Models for Design” (July 19 (Fri) - November 4 (Mon), 2019, Top 10 - Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits7. 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT “Insects: Models for Design” (July 19 (Fri) – November 4 (Mon), 2019

Insects are a reflection of the natural world. Although they are always close to us, many facets of their lives remain unknown. Their richness of color, physiological qualities, structures and habits all offer us unseen worlds barely imagined. Insects have evolved over much longer period than humans, and by observing their diversity we will discover new creative possibilities. This exhibition seeks to view the mysterious world of insects as “models for design.”

Insects: Models for Design” @ 21-21 Design Sight Details
Exhibit Dates and Details: (July 19 (Fri) – November 4 (Mon), 2019; 10:00 – 19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Gallery 1 & 2
Cost: General ¥1,200 / University Students ¥800 / High School Students ¥500 / Junior High School Students and under may enter for 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/program/insects/

 

Top 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

8 .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: Weekdays 10:00 – 19:00 Sun, Sat & Holiday 10:00 – 21:00
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

Top 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits


9. The Dinosaur Expo 2019 @ National Museum of Nature and Science
– If you have a dinosaur lover in your family, the Dinosaur is a thriller. Really dinosaur bones up close and personal. We went a few years ago and the kids loved it. Can’t wait to visit again in July!The Dinosaur Expo 2019 @ National Museum of Nature and Science
The Dinosaur Expo 2019 @ National Museum of Nature and Science Details
Exhibit Dates and Hours – Saturday, July 13 0 Sunday, October 14, 2019: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays); 9:00 – 17:00  (last admittance 16:30); closed 7/16, 9/2, 9/09 and 9/17, 9/24. 9/30
Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5777-8600
Admission: Special Exhibit – Family ticket for four people 3,400円/[4枚]

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Website: Museum website http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.
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

10. Now, it’s time to play @ Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art (July 20 – Oct 20, 2019)

This exhibit looks super fun for summer vacation. An exhibition of “play” theme the whole family can enjoy. We explore the relationship between play and art through distinctive artworks, such as a participatory installation of striking game appearance and artworks suggesting the remnants of someone’s play. The artworks, while stimulating children in fun ways with color, shape, texture, sound, and movement, will offer adults hints in how to playfully escape their sense of confinement in contemporary society.

Now, it’s time to play Details
Exhibit Dates and Times:  Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Admission cost: Adults 1,300 yen, university 900 yen, high and junior high 600 yen, and elementary and under free
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00; closed Monday (if Monday is a national holiday, Museum will be closed instead on Tuesday)
Website: https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/en/exhibitions/time-to-play/
Access:

  • From Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.
  • From Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Toei Oedo Line: 13min. walk from the A3 exit.
  • From Kiba Station on the Tozai Line: 15min. walk from the exit 3.
    Or take the Toei Bus bound for “TOKYO SKYTREE Sta.” and get off at “Tokyoto-Gendai-Bijutsukan”
  • From Kikukawa Station on the Shinjuku Line: 15 min. walk from the A4 exit.
    Or take theToei Bus bound for “Shimbashi”, “Fukagawa Shako”or “Kiba Station” and get off at “Tokyoto-Gendai-Bijutsukan”

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Did You See It? ―Challenges from the Kids @ The National Museum of Modern Art  Tokyo, Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibit11. 
Did You See It? ―Challenges from the Kids @ The National Museum of Modern Art  Tokyo (July 13-September 1, 2019) 

It’s hard, many have told us, for kids to appreciate craft objects. In response, we launched the Crafts Gallery for Kids + Adults program in the summer 2002. Its goal is for kids to be able to have fun, during their long summer vacations, learning about Japan’s crafts, which are both a valued part of our daily lives and the subject of great interest around the world. But what we discovered when looked at the results of the program was not that children were just soaking up information. Their reactions have been truly inspiring. As they explore the crafts, the kids’ gaze–easily leaping beyond our adult expectations and concerns–is acute and penetrating. One example is the worksheets or reference cards they fill out. Our program to make them public, to turn them into our All Hands Catalogue, has been a success because the kids’ views it presents can shake up adults’ perceptions–which are all too often careless. The drawings and explanations that kids create to introduce works on display are fresh, lively, and fascinating! Each reference card bearing those observations quite innocently asks us, “Did you (really) see it?” Perhaps that is why we often notice adults looking oddly serious in front of a card and then hurrying back to the gallery.

For this summer’s exhibition, we are reorganizing the themes we have used thus far–color, motif, texture, fittings, for example–in light of the fundamental forms of the crafts deftly exposed from the kids’ perspective. Whether you’ve seen the works on display before or if they are new to you, please take up the challenge those young people have assigned us. The year 2020 and the Crafts Gallery’s move are almost before us. Don’t miss your last summer at the Crafts Gallery in Tokyo!

Did You See It? ―Challenges from the Kids @ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo  Details
Exhibit Dates and Hours – Mondays; Open Tuesday, July 13th, 2019 – September 1st, 2019: 10:00 – 17:00
Address: The National Museum of Modern Art, 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03-5777-8600
Admission: Adult 250 JPY, College 130 JPY,  high school and below FREE
Website: Exhibit Japanese language only http://www.momat.go.jp/cg/exhibition/choudo_2017/#section1-4; Museum website in English http://www.momat.go.jp/english/

Access: 7 min walk from  Tozai Line Takebashi Station (Exit 1B), or 10 min walk from the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line/Hanzomon Line/Toei Shinjuku Line Kudanshita Station (Exit 2)
Car and bike parking: There is a large public parking facility next to the museum, and plenty of free bike parking directly to the right of the front door of the museum.

*****Top 10 – Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

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