Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”


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The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) has received in donation from the city of Lyon in France six antique showcases related to Émile Guimet (1836-1918), famous as a collector of Asian art. These have been installed as a permanent exhibition, titled “Small Chamber of Curiosities.” The large showcases in the Guimet Room were specially ordered more than a century ago for the Guimet Museum in Lyon. They were made in a pseudo-Asian style in order to exhibit items from East Asian civilizations. They thus have particular value as examples of “Japonism” in France. In these showcases, UMUT now presents a carefully selected collection of scientific specimens ranging from categories of natural history to cultural history. The loan of artworks in the context of exhibitions has become extremely common, but rarely do the showcases containing these artworks become the object of such exchanges beyond geographical and historical borders. These showcases made in France to exhibit art from Far East Asia have been brought to Japan and given a second life as exhibition furniture for the 21st Century.

*Closing date of the exhibition is to be confirmed.



from October 02, 2015 to March 31, 2022
Final day of exhibition tbc.



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00, saturdays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.


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Phone: 050-5541-8600

1 minute walk from the Marunouchi South exit of JR Tokyo Station, 2 minute walk from exit 4 at Nijubashimae Station on the Chiyoda line.

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