Summer Night Museum is Back!

Open late through August: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

In Reviews TAB News by TABlog Editors 2018-07-19

Summer Night Museum returns for a second year with extended Friday hours until 9:00 p.m. at four museums: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Meguro, Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Ebisu. The program runs Thursday, July 19 through Friday, August 31. (From July 27 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum). Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is open until 9 p.m. on both Thursdays and Fridays.

In addition to late hours, some museums offer special events including mini concerts and talks, night-time discounts or free night admission for students, and extended hours at museum restaurants and shops. Beat the heat and enjoy evening shows on your way home from work or school.

*Please see the Summer Night Museum 2018 website for details:
https://www.rekibun.or.jp/en/nightmuseum2018/
*All talks and events are in Japanese.

Summer Night Museum 2018 Exhibitions & Events

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Benches of the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples: Human Imagination and Wildlife

Night Hours: 5 p.m.–.9 p.m. on Fridays July 20–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

◎ Gallery Talk
When: July 27 (Friday) and August 24 (Friday) from 6:30 p.m. (40 minutes)
*Exhibition ticket needed

◎ Mini Concerts
When: August 3 (Friday) from 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (40 minutes each)
*Exhibition ticket needed

Edo-Tokyo Museum (Ryogoku)

Permanent Exhibition


Night Hours: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays July 20–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

Tokyo 150 Years (Starts August 7)

Night Hours: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays August 10–August 31
*Included in permanent exhibition admission fee.

◎ Edohaku-Yose “Vaudeville Theaters of Edo-Tokyo Museum”
What: Spooky tales by a professional storyteller
When: July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24 (Fridays) 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Where: 5F Permanent Exhibition Gallery in front of Nakamuraza Theater
*Permanent Exhibition ticket needed

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Foujita: A Retrospective ― Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Night Hours: 5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. on Fridays August 3–August 31

◎ Evening Lectures
When: August 10 (Friday) and August 31 (Friday) 6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
*Exhibition ticket needed

◎ Mini Concerts (Produced by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)
When: August 17 (Friday) from 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (20 minutes each)
Where: Foyer in front of the Exhibition Room
*Free of charge

BENTO—Design for Eating, Gathering and Communicating

Night Hours: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays July 27–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions. *No other discounts apply.

Tobikan Yakan Kaikan Tour
What: Guided strolls around illuminated museum grounds
When: July 27, August 17, August 24 (Fridays) from 7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet in front of the museum shop (Central Wing Lobby Floor) 15 minutes before the starting time
Participants: 15 (first 15 arrivals)
*Free of charge

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

TOP Collection: Learning ‘Into the Pictures’

Night Hours: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays July 19–August 3
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

SUGIURA kunié: Aspiring Experiments New York in 50 Years

Night Hours: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays July 26–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

TOP Collection: Learning ‘The Fragments of Dreams’

Night Hours: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays August 16–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

The Magic Lantern: A Short History of Light and Shadow

Night Hours: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays August 16–August 31
Night-Hour Discounts: Free for students with I.D. Group discount rates for general admissions and seniors 65 & over. *No other discounts apply.

◎ Japanese Traditional Magic Lantern Show “Utsushi-e”
What: Debut performance by the Edo Utsushi-e Company
When: August 24 (Friday) 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Where: 2F Lobby
Participants: First 50 arrivals
*Free of charge

◎ Gallery Talk
When: August 31 (Friday) from 6:10 p.m. (40 minutes)
Where: B1F
*Exhibition ticket needed

World Press Photo 2018

Night Hours: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays July 19–August 3

Geigeki Wind Orchestra Academy Concerts (Produced by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)
Woodwind Trio: August 3 (Friday) 6:15–7:00 p.m.
Flute Duet: August 16 (Thursday) 6:15–7:00 p.m.
Where: 2F Lobby
*Free of charge

*Last admissions 30 minutes before closing times.
*Summer Night Museum events and special offers are subject to change. For details, please see the museum websites or the Summer Night Museum 2018 webpage: https://www.rekibun.or.jp/en/nightmuseum2018/


Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum also presents an event with extended summer hours:

◎ Downtown Summer Night Breeze ~ A Museum Festival
Experience a summer evening on Shitamachi Nakadori, the museum’s recreation of a street lined with old-style downtown shops. Lanterns and dancing make for an enchanting evening at this Bon Odori festival.
When: August 4 (Saturday) and August 5 (Sunday) until 8:30 p.m.

*The exhibition “Tokyo 150 Years – The City, Building and People” (July 24, 2018–January 20, 2019) will also stay open until 20:30 on August 4 and August 5.

Seven Museum Mysteries
This summer also brings a new kind of participatory art event: Seven Museum Mysteries. Run by Tokyo Metro and national and Tokyo metropolitan museums from July 20 through September 17, this self-directed course lets you set out with a detective booklet (available at Tokyo Metro stations) to unravel stories featuring museums as their characters. The four Summer Night Museum venues are among the seven participating museums: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT), The National Museum of Western Art, and The National Art Center, Tokyo. This summer, become a mystery sleuth at museums all across the city! *Please note this event is entirely in Japanese.

■Recap
Summer Night Museum 2018

When: July 19 (Thursday) through August 31 (Friday)
*From July 27 (Friday) at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
What: A Tokyo museum program with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays (Thursdays and Fridays at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), plus special events including talks and concerts.
Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Meguro, Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Ebisu
Official Website: https://www.rekibun.or.jp/en/nightmuseum2018/

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