Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Meguro
(3.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is an art museum focused on photography. The museum was founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and is located in Meguro-ku, a short walk from Ebisu station in southwest Tokyo. The museum also has a movie theaterThe museum nicknames itself "Syabi" (pronounced shabi.)History and exhibitionsThe museum opened in a temporary building in 1990 and moved to its current building in Yebisu Garden Place in 1995. At that time, it was one of the first photography galleries in Japan not to be dedicated to the works of a single photographer. Most of the exhibitions since then have been themed rather than devoted to a single photographer, but exhibitions have been dedicated to such photographers of the past as Berenice Abbott (1990) and Tadahiko Hayashi (1993–94), and also to living photographers including Martin Parr (2007) and Hiromi Tsuchida (2008).In order to appeal to children as well as adults, the gallery holds exhibitions of anime and video games.The library of the gallery has a substantial collection of books of photographs.As of late 2008, the gallery has no printed catalogue or electronic catalogue available externally. However, the book 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers presents a comment on and a small reproduction of a sample photograph of each of over three hundred photographers represented in the permanent collection of the gallery at the turn of the millennium. Most of the individual exhibitions are accompanied by printed catalogues; as is customary in Japan, most of these lack ISBNs and are not distributed as are regular books, their sales instead being limited to the museum itself.
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  • The Museum was renovated in September of this year. Went to 11/2016 early exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto "lost human". Isetan Mitsukoshi card and ticket 200 yen discount. However, the card payment is not possible. The exhibition concept is interesting, thought-provoking in each episode. And on the 3rd floor exhibition room is on the second floor. Not so spacious, so slowly seen in 1 hour. The movie showing on the first floor Hall. A.m. showing is another show from the final 18:30. I think only at the time it begins 10 minutes before the nearby famima and eat space and wait here and drink something good. Free exhibition (public exhibition Prize sponsored by the cannon) was being held in the basement, but subtle guidance information, inadvertently, was unlikely to return. I think as the core by saying that, in the exhibition + movie outing around the Yebisu Garden place.
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  • This Photography Museum doesn't give you much bang for your buck, it's expensive and it is definitely aiming for quality over quantity. The exhibition we saw was a journalistic photography competition...  more »
  • The museum has been renovated in 2016. Check the current exhibit and if it's of interest you can be confident that the display will be thoughtful and beautifully mounted. 
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  • Three floors of visual mirth - thought provocative, intense, global artistry. Very powerful statement, reopening after renovation with Hiroshi Sugimoto complex world representation & winners of the 59th World Press Photo Contest. Open late Thursday & Friday! Check the schedule for films & lectures.
  • The place is closed under remodeling. Open until fall. Don't waste your time going here
  • What a fantastic place! There is a huge collection of modern photography.
  • Excellent exhibition started today of Hatakeyama Naoya. Really worth going!
  • Reopened after 2 years of renovation! Great hangout spot for photography lovers with individual exhibitions ranging around 1000 yen entrance fee. Also, the cafe at 1F is great too. (Oct 2016) in 9/2016 renovated and reopened. Please come and see photos like that. Individual exhibition was about ¥ 1000 entrance fee. Nice first floor Café! (10/2016 time)
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