Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories

Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories   

Open hours 10:00~16:30

Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s:
Origins and Trajectories



“Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories” was end.


 This year’s collection showcase, Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories, is formatted in accordance with the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 Museums are thought to have originated in the Renaissance gardens and palace corridors (galleries) where the nobility would display their collections of ancient statuary and other objects to be enjoyed while walking. From the very beginning, many of these museums were open to the public and served as places to cultivate the people’s artistic sensibilities. They were often long, expansive spaces with high ceilings and soft natural light from above, where people walked around appreciating the collections. While the major premise of museum design has always been the preservation of objects, architects throughout generations have also pursued ideals in other aspects such as object placement, lighting, openness, and circulation.
 Bringing together architectural drawings and sketches already part of our collection or scheduled to be added to it, this exhibition showcases museum projects by Japanese architects that were realized either in Japan or overseas between the 1940s and the 1980s. Our definition of museum is inclusive, encompassing those dedicated to science, art, crafts, history, folklore and more.
 The architectural drawings and sketches included in this exhibition enable us to see how architects and structural engineers embodied their ideas in each museum, and in this way reveal their origins and trajectories.
 We hope that you take this opportunity to visit the exhibition, as well as museums in your neighborhood.


Special contents of the exhibition is here.



National Archives of Modern Architecture, Agency for Cultural Affairs 4‐6‐15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo



There are two ways to enter the National Archives of Modern Architecture.


To view only the exhibition (possible only on weekdays):
Please enter via the main gate of the Yushima
Local Common Government Offices (Admission: Free).


To view both the exhibition and Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens:
Please enter via the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens
(Admission: 400 yen).


Request for visitors

As a part of countermeasure of COVID-19 infection prevention, you are asked to write down your name and contact number etc., temperature check, clean   your fingers thoroughly at the gate of exhibition area.

In the case fever is present, feeling of unwellness, you are asked to return your home.

Lastly, you are asked to keep distance with other visitors, and keep silence as possible as you can.


Our countermeasure of COVID-19 infection prevention

1 Keep sufficient cleaning,sterilization and air ventilation

2 Limited visitors at exhibition room.

3 Keep enough distance for countermeasure of it, a touch-screen tablet and sample catalog are not placed.

4 Our staff wear the mask or face shield.