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Research and Information Center

Visitors may browse through books, magazines and b/w and color photograph cards at the Research and Information Center.

Notification of Temporary Closure

The Research and Information Center will be closed from April 25 along with all the Tokyo National Museum’s galleries and other buildings. We will continue to post updates as the situation develops.

During the temporary closure, some services will still be available, including: reference services by phone and e-mail, photocopy services for interlibrary loans (ILL).

We apologize for the inconvenience.



Monday-Friday,  10:30-16:00


Requests for books and photocopies are accepted at the counter


Floor Map


Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, the last day of the month (if this falls on a holiday, the previous working day), and during the year-end and New Year holidays (please ask for specific dates).
Also subject to closure as occasion demands.

Please note that opening hours are different from museum gallery opening hours.

From February 15 (Monday), 2021, the Research and Information Center open only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Telephone, e-mail, and fax services will still be available from Monday to Friday.


Access to the center

Changed from Thursday, September 1, 2011:

  • Visitors only using the Research and Information Center
    Access is via the West gate. Registration is required at the West gate and the Reference Counter. Entry is free of charge. Please note that access to galleries is not available.
  • Visitors from the Main gate Plaza (with entry to the museum galleries)
    Access from the galleries is via the East entrance of the center. Return to the galleries is through the exit-only door. Please note that entry and exit routes are different.

Floor Map


Available Materials

Books: Books and magazines (Japanese, Chinese, European), including exhibition catalogues and archaeological reports.


Photographs: Color and monochrome photographs of arts, crafts, and archaeological findings of Japan, Korea, China, and other Asian countries, mainly from the collections of the Tokyo National Museum.


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