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Ancient Orient Museum: Ancient Orient Museum (古代オリエント博物館)


General Information

Ancient Orient Museum
Sunshine City Bunka-Kaikan 7th floor,
3-1-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, 
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8630 
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10:00 -17:00 (last entry 16:30)
several days on December, during the installation period

About the Ancient Orient Museum:

The Ancient Orient Museum was opened in 1978.  It is the first museum in Japan devoted to the ancient Middle East, or the ancient Orient. Since its opening, the museum has conducted academic research overseas, mainly in Syria, and has exhibited a wide range of archaeological materials.

There is also a library, which opens to members and scholars with permission.  School tours for children are also available.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size:

  • 4,500 items from Western Asia, principally Syria and Egypt, from the stone age to the Sassanid era

  • Library materials (books and periodicals): Over 20,000 volumes


  • Extending World: Crafts that traveled Silk Road from West  to East and vice versa (including rare cut glass of the Sassanid period

  • Ancient Iran and Its Neighbor featuring humped cattle shaped earthenware

  • Ancient Egyptian painted relief

  • Photographs and artifacts form an excavation in Syria with a replica of an ancient house

  • Ancient Mesopotamia: including clay nail inscribed with cuneiform

  • The Earliest Orient: featuring a 6 million years old hand axe

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


How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum


  • General Admission Fee:
  • Adults Students School Children
    500 yen 400 yen 150 yen

Note: Please go to the "Admission Fees" on  their webpage.

Floor Plans: Please refer to the "フロアマップ".

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