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Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: Edo-Tokyo Museum



The museum will be closed 2025 (tentatively) due to renovation. Please check the website for the most up-to-date information.

General Information

Edo-Tokyo Museum
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
9:30 - 17:30, Sat. 9:30 - 19:30 
 Please enter 30 min. before closing.
Mon. (Tues. if Mon. is holiday)

About the Edo-Tokyo Museum:

The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tokyo Hakubutsukan) also known as (江戸博 Edohaku), was opened in 1993 to present the history, culture and architecture of Tokyo from 1590 through modern Japan, including The Great Kanto Earthquake, Postwar, and the Tokyo Olympics. The building is designed to look like an rice granary (蔵造り Kurazukuri).

The exhibition area is divided into three subsections: the Edo zone, the Tokyo zone and the Second Event Exhibition space. There, visitors will see objects such as the life-size replica of the original wooden  (日本橋 Nihonbashi), the Nakamuraza (中村座) Theatre, Kabuki theater,  1/30 scale architectural model of the Kamiyashiki of Matsudaira Tadamasa, a model of a 1970's Tokyo house, and much more.

In addition, there are library and audio visual rooms for those who want to take a closer look. The library contains more than 140,000 books, magazines, and microfilms about the history and culture of Tokyo. There are about 200 titles of audio visual materials available.

TMFHC Cultural Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (Permanent Exhibition):

  • Ukiyo-e, Piccture scrolls, Kimono, Old Maps, etc: 2,500 items
  • Large models: 50 items 

Focus: Art, History, Culture, Science, Architecture

Notable Collection(s)

  • Komon style-dying Moeji colored with Aoi crest clothing (萌葱地葵紋付小紋染胴服 Moejiki aoimontuki komonzome dōbuku): A short jacket with Aoi crest, seemingly Tokugawa.
  • Glassplate Photos of the Former Edo Castle (旧江戸城写真ガラス原板 Kyū edo-jo shashin garasu genban) 29 items
  • Jinshin inspection Related Materials Taken with the Stereo Glass Photos (壬申検査関係ステレオ写真ガラス原板 Jinshin kensa kannkei sutereo shashin garasu genban) 257items: Jinshin inspection was modern Japan's first cultural assets' investigation, which was carried out in the Meiji period (1872).

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects different romanization system used by an individual institution.

Digital Collection(s)

Online Resource(s)

How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum



  Individual Groups
(20 people or more)
Adults 600 yen 480 yen
(Junior High school & High school)
300 yen 240 yen
College Students 480 yen 380 yen
Senior (0ver 65 years old) 300 yen 240 yen

Using the Library

Service Hours: 9:30-17:30 

Upon Arrival:

  • Accessing books: 9:30-11:30 and 13:00-16:30
    • Accessing audio visual materials: (9:30 - 17:30)
    • Please ask library staff for access to microfilms and materials in the restricted area.

Note: For audio visual materials, please reserve the materials by 17:00.


  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.

    Note: The library allows an individual to make one copy each of reference materials for research purpose.  Some materials are not available for copying to protect their condition.

  • Service Hours: 9:30-11:30 and 13:00-16:30
  • Cost:
    • Books: 30 yen / sheet
    • Microfilms: 30 yen / frame

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