While visiting, or staying in Tokyo, you would be remiss to not take in a museum or two. Tokyo is full of rich history, and culture, as displayed by the wide and vast array of museums that are located throughout the city center. Whether you chose to visit the Tokyo National Museum, the Edo Tokyo Museum, or the Hara Museum there is no shortage of sites to see, and history to learn about. Using public transportation will make it easy, and convenient, to frequent them all.

Mori Art Museum

Address 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6153Map
Description If you are looking to get a glimpse of contemporary Asia through the eyes of well-established and up-and-coming artist, then head straight to the Mori Art Museum. Located in Minato-ku and directly next to the Roppongi station, it is easily accessed and well worth a visit. The museum boasts 5 gallery spaces and regularly houses big-name artists, such as Andy Warhol, as well as being dedicated to the works of local college and school children, and hosting regular talks, video presentations and events.
Address 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6153Map
Description The Mori Arts Center Gallery is located in the magnificent Roppongi Hills Tower Observatory Complex in downtown Tokyo. It is a stunning art gallery that will enthral art lovers who come from all over the world to experience the exhibitions held here. Voice guides lead groups through the gallery on tours to experience the showcases on display. Exciting events are rotated throughout the calendar year, such as the Harry Potter display complete with props from the movies.

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Address 7-22-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558Map
Description The National Art Center in Tokyo is a stunning and remarkable exhibition space ? the largest in all of Japan, at a whopping 14,000 square metres. With no permanent exhibition running, the art center is able to focus on global art and culture trends incorporating educational programs, an extensive Art Library that is open to the public and offers visitors to the centre the very latest in art and culture collectives.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Address 8-36 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku,Tokyo 110-0007Map
Description The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum was opened as one of the first public museums in Japan in the 1920s. Holding a record number of exhibitions each and every year ? a total of some 280 exciting showcases in just 12 short months ? it provides a unique platform for up and coming artists to share space with legendary treasures of the art world. An exciting educational facility, the museum has been beautifully renovated and has some of the most cutting edge facilities on offer to visitors.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Address 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322Map
Description The Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art was established by the Japanese government in 1952. Nowadays the museum has become internationally renowned for its permanent exhibits, especially the 20th century art collection which features artists such as Francis Bacon and Max Ernst. Only those over the age of 18 need to pay the reasonable 420 Yen fee, with further discounts applicable to students visiting the museum. There are free admissions to some galleries on the first Sunday of each month.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Address 4-1-1, Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022Map
Description The Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art is a real treat. It is located in the beautiful Kiba Park, and features the work of famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, to name just two. The museum is just a short walk from Kiba Station, which runs on the Tokyo Metro line making it easily accessible from all over Tokyo. There are set entry fees for permanent collections and variable fees for special exhibitions through the year.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Address 1-4-1, Yokozuna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015Map
Description Founded in 1993, the Edo-Tokyo Museum is dedicated to Japan’s cultural, architectural and social past. This massive museum recreates scenes from different historical eras, using original and reproduction artifacts, to show how Japan has evolved, not only as a country but also as a people. There are also installations showing how the Japan of the future may look. To add to the learning experience, there are libraries and audio-visual presentations. Learning has never been so fun or interactive!

Edo tokyo open air architectural museum

Address 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-0005Map
Description Sadly Tokyo has lost many of its valuable heritage buildings due to massive natural disasters and things like fire and war. And in the modern age, the city continues to lose its historical buildings due to continuing social changes within society. To preserve remaining examples of significant architecture, the buildings are moved to the Open Air Architectural Museum for safe keeping, ensuring their enjoyment and edification for future generations.

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