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2010 Past News

March 24, 2011 (Thu)
New Dates for the Special Exhibition "SHARAKU" Sunday, May 1, 2011 - Sunday, June 12, 2011

The exhibition period for "SHARAKU", originally scheduled to open from April 5, 2011, will be changed as above due to the situations caused by the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake. Extended openings on Fridays will also be cancelled to conserve energy.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding for this inconvenience.
We extend our heartfelt wishes for the recovery of the regions suffering severe damage from the disasters.

March 18, 2011 (Fri)
Tokyo National Museum will reopen from Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Tokyo National Museum, temporarily closed due to the East Japan Earthquake, will reopen our Honkan (Main Building) and Heiseikan galleries from Tuesday, March 29, 2011 for limited hours, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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March 18, 2011 (Fri)
The Museum will extend closure period from March 19, 2011

We would like to convey our deepest sympathies for those who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami, as well as for those who have been evacuating due to the nuclear power plant incident.
Tokyo National Museum has been closed from March 15 to 18 and planning to reopen from March 19; however, considering the situations of power conservation and limited public transportation service, we decided to extend our closure period for the time being. Kuroda Memorial Hall and the Research and Information Center will be closed as well. Reopening schedules will be notified on this website when decided.

We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation.

Information about cancelled lectures and events Here
All events scheduled during the closing period will be also cancelled.

March 10, 2011 (Thu)
The museum is closed on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2011, for maintenance work caused by the major earthquake of Friday, March 11, 2011.
March 10, 2011 (Thu)
The Closure of the museum of Tuesday, March 15 - Friday, March 18, 2011.

Tokyo National Museum expresses our deepest sympathies to the victims of the Kanto-Tohoku Pacific Coast Quake and Tsunami disaster.
The museum has thoroughly inspected its exhibition rooms and storages, and fortunately, we have not suffered any serious damages to artworks, artifacts, and facilities.

However, due to the planned electric power outage, the museum is closing from Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18, 2011. Although we do plan to open from Saturday, March 19, our opening hours will be shortened: from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will also limit the opening to the following exhibition rooms: 1st and 2nd floors of the Honkan Main Building (Japanese galleries) and the 1st floor of Heiseikan building (Japanese archaeology and Thematic Exhibition Room). Please note that for the saving of electricity, lighting, climates and other elements will be subject to conditioning.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation for this inconvenience.

Status of museum openings will be updated on this website in accordance to electric power restriction situations. For the latest information, please check this website.
* Our seasonal museum garden opening will follow the opening hours as informed above.

December 27, 2010 (Mon)
Payments at ticket counters may be made by credit cards and e-cash (electronic cash systems) starting from Sunday, January 2, 2011

Payments at ticket counters may be made by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, Diners, DISCOVER), e-cash (iD, Suica), and UnionPay (for Chinese visitors) starting from Sunday, January 2, 2011

November 1, 2010 (Mon)
Rooms 1 - 10 (Highlights of Japanese Art) and Room T1 (Chinese Painting and Calligraphy) on the 2nd floor of Honkan (Japanese Gallery) will be closed for exhibition preparation on Monday, November 15, 2010
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