The Living Treasures of France

Tokyo National Museum

poster for The Living Treasures of France

Ends in 7 days

Modeled on the Japanese certification of a “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Maître d’ Art” or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world to introduce one artist from each of the fifteen classified fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feathers, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations.

Venue: Hyokeikan inside Tokyo National Museum



from September 12, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Closing at 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Nov. 2 (Mon), 18:00 on Sep. 17 (Sun), 18 (Mon), 24 (Sun), 22:00 on Sep. 22 (Fri), 23 (Sat). Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Sep. 19 (Tue) but open Sep. 18 (Mon), Oct. 9 (Mon).


Adults: ¥1400, University Students: ¥1000, High School Students: ¥600, Junior High School Students and Under: free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Closing hour might changed depending on season. On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open, but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Phone: 03-5777-8600

10 minutes walk from Ueno or Uguisudani Station on the JR Yamanote Line, 15 minutes walk from Ueno Station on the Ginza or Hibiya Lines or 15 minutes walk from Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Line.

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