Tokyo National Museum
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Tokyo museums remain open with shorter hours, online ticketing and safety measures

Everything you should know when visiting Tokyo’s museums and art galleries during the city’s second state of emergency

By Tabea Greuner
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Tokyo’s current state of emergency is expected to last until February 7. However, museums and galleries remain open. To curb the spread of Covid-19, a number of safety rules and coronavirus prevention measures are now in place, such as temperature checks on entry and mandatory face masks. On top of that, many museums currently operate under shorter business hours, and in some cases, you’re required to book your tickets in advance.

To find out more about the museum's new operating hours and protocols, check our list below.

Recommended: Read our guide on how to go out safely in Tokyo

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

21_21 Design Sight

Art Roppongi

Shortened opening hours: 11am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm), closed Tue

Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on safety measures, click here.

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Bunkamura The Museum

Museums Art and design Shibuya

Shortened opening hours: 10am-6.30pm daily

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Photo: Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Museums Ryogoku

Shortened opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on exhibitions and safety measures, click here (scroll down for English).

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目黒寄生虫館
目黒寄生虫館

Meguro Parasitological Museum

Museums Meguro

Opening hours: 10am-5pm, closed Mon & Tue (Wed if Mon & Tue are hols)

Free entry. Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on safety measures, click here.

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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Art Marunouchi

Shortened opening hours: 10am-6pm, Fri & 2nd Wed 10am-8pm, as well as on Jan 12-15; closed Mon

Tickets have to be booked in advance (in Japanese only).

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking in exhibition rooms.

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Postal Museum

Museums Oshiage

Shortened opening hours: 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm), closed Sat, Sun & hols

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
-On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance of 2m from other visitors at all times.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.

Setagaya Art Museum

Art Yoga

Ooening hours: 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on safety measures, click here.

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Snoopy Museum
Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa

Snoopy Museum

Art Pop art Machida

Shortened opening hours: 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm) daily

Advance ticket reservations not required, but recommended.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors at all times.

Hokusai Museum
Photo: Yosuke Owashi

Sumida Hokusai Museum

Art Galleries Ryogoku

Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on safety measures, click here.

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Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Art Aoyama

Opening hours: 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm, closed Tue (Wed if Tue is hols), Mar 15

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Practice social distancing inside the museum.

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 古代オリエント博物館
古代オリエント博物館

The Ancient Orient Museum

Museums History Ikebukuro

Shortened opening hours: 10am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm) daily

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms, you will be refused entry. 
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser frequently.  
- Keep a safe distance from other visitors in the museum.

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たばこと塩の博物館
たばこと塩の博物館

Tobacco & Salt Museum

Museums Oshiage

Shortened opening hours: 11am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
Temperature check on entry. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms, you will be refused entry. 
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.

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Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
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Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Attractions Hachioji

Opening hours: 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Further information will be announced soon.

地下鉄博物館
地下鉄博物館

Tokyo Metro Museum

Museums Kasai

Shortened opening hours: 10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- People who have travelled to a place with a high coronavirus infection rate in the past two weeks should refrain from visiting the museum.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- Refrain from drinking and eating in exhibition rooms.
- Keep a safe distance of 1m from other visitors at all times.
- Refrain from talking loudly in exhibition rooms.
- The number of people admitted will be limited.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - PR shot
Photo: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Art Ueno

Shortened opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm), closed every 1st & 3rd Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)

Advance ticket reservations not required.

For details on safety measures, click here (scroll down for English).

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東京オペラシティ アートギャラリー
東京オペラシティ アートギャラリー

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Art Galleries Hatsudai

Opening hours: 11am-7pm (last entry 6.30pm), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols), Feb 14

Advance ticket reservations not required, but recommended.

For details on safety measures and advance reservations, click here.

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東京おもちゃ美術館
東京おもちゃ美術館

Tokyo Toy Museum

Museums Yotsuya-Sanchome

Shortened opening hours: 12noon-2am, 1.30pm-3.30pm, closed Wed & Thu

Admission only with reservation via the museum’s official website (Japanese only).

Safety measures:
- On entry, your temperature will be checked. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands regularly.
- The number of people admitted will be limited.

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Ueno Royal Museum

Museums Ueno

Opening hours: 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), irregular hols

Advance ticket reservations not required.

Safety measures:
- Temperature check on entry. Anyone with a fever and cold-like symptoms will be refused entry.
- Wear a mask at all times, cover your mouth when you cough, and disinfect your hands regularly.
- The number of people entering the museum will be limited.
- Provide the museum with your contact information, which will be used to track possible coronavirus infections.
- Admire the exhibitions quietly and keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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