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Meiji University: Museum (博物館)


General Information

Facility: Meiji University Museum/Library
Address: 1-1 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301
Phone: +81-3-3296-4448
FAX: +81-3-3296-4365

About the museum:

The Meiji University Museum was opened in April, 2004.  The permanent exhibit of museum is divided into three departments: Commodity, Criminal Material, Archeology.  
The Commodity Department which is the successor to the "Commodities Museum" holds lacquer ware, textiles, bamboo wood crafts and ceramics and many more.  The Criminal Materials Department displays items contemplates law and human rights.  They include: written criminal laws from the Edo to the recent time, police weapons and other equipment, trail records, and pictures which depict different tortures from the Edo period.  Finally, the Archeology Department, formerly the "Archeological Museum", holds a variety of materials from the Jōmon pre-historic period to Yayoi period.
In addition, the museum library holds information resources, which are related to the those three museum departments and Excavation report of buried cultural properties.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection Size (Museum): over 300,000 items
Collection Size (Library As of 2015): 
  • Books: 114,139 volumes 
    • Japanese books: 113,107 volumes 
    • Non Japanese books:1,032 volumes
  • Periodicals:2,940 titles
    • Japanese: 2,888 titles
    • Non Japanese: 52 titles

How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum

Admission to the permanent exhibition is free.  Admissions to the special exhibit may be charged.

Using the Library

Open to the public. The library don't allow information resources to be taken out of the facility.

Upon Arrival:

  • User is only allowed to bring pens and valuable.  Other belongs are stored in the locker by the entrance
  • Unless those who requested old documents (please ask the staff), taking photo is not allowed.
  • The use of cell phones are not allowed


  • Hours: 10:00-16:20
  • Please ask staff for "Bunken fukusha mōshikomisho (文献複写申込書)" at the counter and fill out the form.
  • Photocopy services are provided in accordance with Japanese copyright laws.
  • Copy machines are located on each floor.
  • Copy Fee:
    • Black: 10 yen per sheet
    • Color: 30 yen per sheet

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