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Announcement of Reopening of Metropolitan Cultural Facilities 〈Art and History Museums〉

The Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture is announcing the reopening of the following museums, which have been temporarily closed along with other metropolitan cultural facilities in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. This step is being taken in response to the lifting of the national state of emergency and in accordance with Step 1 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s roadmap to overcoming COVID-19.

After reopening, each museum will adhere to relevant guidelines and take necessary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. We ask for your understanding regarding inconveniences during this time.



(Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre are still closing temporarily.)



Services that are suspended until further notice
  • Rental of conference rooms, halls, and other facilities
  • Extended opening hours on certain days of the week
  • Workshops organized and hosted by the museum
  • Discounts such as Silver Day and Family Day that attract crowds
  • Group visits


Requests to visitors
  • Please refrain from visiting the museum if you have a fever above 37.5°C or symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, or headache.
  • Please refrain from visiting the museum if you have traveled within the past two weeks to countries or regions where infections are continuing to increase.
  • Please practice good etiquette by wearing a mask, avoiding coughing near others, and washing and disinfecting your hands. Visitors do not wear masks will kindly be refused entry.
  • Temperatures will be taken at the entrance to the museum. Visitors who are found to have a fever of 37.5°C or higher will be refused entry.
  • Please try to stay at least 2 meters away from other visitors inside the museum.
  • Please refrain from talking in exhibition rooms.
  • Please do not touch the exhibits, display cases, or devices that are not in use.


Measures taken by each facility to prevent the spread of infection
  • Staff members conduct daily temperature checks and confirm that they are in good health.
  • All staff members wear masks.
  • Acrylic panels installed at counters.
  • Disinfectant placed at the entrance to the museum.
  • Thorough cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation inside the building.
  • Restriction of the number of visitors in order to prevent overcrowding (please check the museum website and SNS accounts for information about admission restrictions).
  • Signs advising people not to gather together in the one place.
  • Thorough disinfection of rental items such as audio guides and wheelchairs.
  • Prohibition of touching exhibits that can ordinarily be touched by hand.
  • Rearrangement of seats in lobbies and other areas to avoid face-to-face eating, drinking and conversation.
  • Suspension of use of hand dryers in restrooms.
  • Coordination with the public health center if visitors or staff members develop symptoms (visitors are recommended  to take a note of the date and time of their visit ).



Future plans are subject to change depending on circumstances in Japan and overseas. Please check the latest information on the official website or Twitter account before visiting. Thank you for your understanding.


Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture