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Architects / 1933 / Shirokane

Architects / 1933 / Shirokane:
Look at Art Deco Architecture

Saturday, November 22 - Thursday, December 25, 2014
Venue: Main building

An exception is made for photographing during this exhibition in the Main Building on weekdays (Monday-Friday) only (except for December 23). Those who wish to take photographs must abide by the museum's photography policy, posted on the Website and at the entrance to the Main Building. Photographs may not be taken inside the new Annex.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum occupies a building that was constructed in 1933 as the main residence of the Prince Asaka family. Highly acclaimed by experts in Japan and abroad as a fine example of the Art Deco architecture.
To introduce the research and restoration work that has taken place during the three years of closure, the first exhibition after the opening of the renovated building will focus on the architects (designers and engineers) that worked on the Prince Asaka family residence and trace the story leading up to the birth of this building. We will also introduce the original wallpaper as well as furniture normally not on exhibit, in addition to designs by the French interior decorator Henri Rapin and works by the glass designer René Lalique.

Visiting information


Saturday, November 22 – Thursday, December 25, 2014


Main building


Second and fourth Wednesday. (Nov. 26, Dec. 10)
*The museum will, however, be open on December 24, a fourth Wednesday.

Opening Times:

10:00 – 18:00
Dec. 22 (Mon) –25 (Thu)| 10:00- 20:00
*Last admission to the museum is 30 minutes before closing.


Adults: ¥700(¥560)
College and vocational students: ¥560(¥440)
Junior high and high school students, and seniors (65 and over): ¥350(¥280)

・Valid for both exhibitions on this day only.
・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing and going to schools in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor's Certificate.
・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
・Pre-purchased tickets are available online from e+:


Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Annual Sponsor:



  • ・The wallpaper in the former Prince's Sitting Room (first public display of the replicated original wallpaper)
    ・Furniture used in the Former Prince Asaka Residence (including eight pieces shown for the first time)
    ・Videos of interviews with the craftsmen involved in the research and restoration

Concerning photography

  • 1.Photographs may only be taken on weekdays. Photography is prohibited for safety reasons on Saturdays and Sundays, when the museum is crowded.
    2. Photographs may only be taken in the main building. Photography is prohibited in the new Annex galleries.
    3. At times, photography may be prohibited for safety reasons on weekdays. Visitors must follow staff instructions.
    4. Use of flash or tripods is prohibited.
    5. Photo shoots using models are prohibited. Commercial photography requires prior application.
    6. When photographing art works, furniture, or fittings, please be careful not to touch them.

Other News

  • Gallery Talks by Craftsmen
    [Reservation required; ¥1,000]

    November 28 (Fri), December 5 (Fri), December 12 (Fri)
    Time for each gallery talk: 18:30

    Craftsmen who participated in the examination and restoration of the Former Prince Asaka Residence have been invited to speak.

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  • Floor lectures by curators
    [For museum visitors; no extra charge.]

    Every Friday, starting at 2:00 p.m.

  • Prince's Sitting Room when completed, 1933.
    Photo courtesy of Matsui Shashinkan.

  •  Prince's Sitting Room with restored wallpaper and curtains, 2014. photo: Akinobu Kawabe

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