Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories

National Archives of Modern Architecture

poster for Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories

Ends in 15 days

This year’s collection showcase, Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories, is formatted in accordance with the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Museums are thought to have originated in the Renaissance gardens and palace corridors (galleries) where the nobility would display their collections of ancient statuary and other objects to be enjoyed while walking. From the very beginning, many of these museums were open to the public and served as places to cultivate the people’s artistic sensibilities. They were often long, expansive spaces with high ceilings and soft natural light from above, where people walked around appreciating the collections. While the major premise of museum design has always been the preservation of objects, architects throughout generations have also pursued ideals in other aspects such as object placement, lighting, openness, and circulation.
Bringing together architectural drawings and sketches already part of our collection or scheduled to be added to it, this exhibition showcases museum projects by Japanese architects that were realized either in Japan or overseas between the 1940s and the 1980s. Our definition of museum is inclusive, encompassing those dedicated to science, art, crafts, history, folklore and more.
The architectural drawings and sketches included in this exhibition enable us to see how architects and structural engineers embodied their ideas in each museum, and in this way reveal their origins and trajectories.
We hope that you take this opportunity to visit the exhibition, as well as museums in your neighborhood.



from October 01, 2020 to November 15, 2020


Free Admission. Entrance to the Garden: Adults ¥400, Seniors 65 & Over ¥200.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 16:30


Address: 4-6-15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8553
Phone: 03-3812-3401 Fax: 03-3812-3407

3 minute walk from exit 1 at Yushima Station on the Chiyoda line, 10 minute walk from exit A3 at Ueno Hirokoji Station on the Ginza line, 10 minute walk from exit A3 at Ueno Okachimachi Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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