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National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: Crafts Gallery (工芸館)


General Information

Facility: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Crafts Gallery
Address: 1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091
Phone: Information: +81-3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Hours: 10:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)

About the Craft Gallery:

The National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery was opened in 1977 in the building of the former Headquarters of the Imperial Guards, which was built in 1910.  This old building was restored and opened as MOMAT'S craft section.

Today, the museum houses about 2900 items of various crafts and graphic designs created since the Meiji period.

The museum holds two types of exhibitions; Works from the Collection and Special Exhibits.  Works from the Collection consists of  "A History of Modern Crafts (100 years),"  "Masterpieces" and "various themed exhibits."  Each exhibition displays about 100 items.

The special exhibits, held 2 or 3 times a year, display domestic and international crafts based on a specified theme, or the works of individual artists.

Graphic design exhibitions are usually held at the MOMAT main building.

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Resources & Facilities

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size: 4,000 works (as of April 2022)

Focus: lacquer, metal and glass work, textiles, ceramics, bamboo, dolls, industrial and graphic design

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

Events and Exhibitions

How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum

  • Work from the Collection:
    • General Admission 200 yen (100 yen)
    • College Students 70 yen (40 yen)
    • () indicates rate for the group more than 20
    • Free on first Sunday of every month
  • Special Exhibit:
    • Price may vary.
    • If a special exhibit is more expensive than that of Work from the Collection, admission to Work from the Collection is free.

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