Current exhibition

April 18(Thu) - June 16(Sun), 2024

Mitsui Memorial Museum


Please refrain from visiting if you fall under any of the following two categories;

  • -Those who are experiencing symptoms of the common cold, such as a fever or a cough, or feeling something strange with the sense of smell and taste.
  • -Those who may have come in close contact with COVID-19 infected person (or possible to be infected ) in their families, colleagues and classmates.
  • -Please wear a mask.
  • -Temperatures will be taken at the entrance to the museum. Visitors who are found to have a fever over 37.5℃ will be refused entry.
  • -Please disinfect hands before entering the museum.
  • -Entrance restrictions will apply in order to prevent overcrowding.


  • -Social distancing rules and preventive measures must be respected in the museum. Please try to stay at least 2 meters away from other visitors. (apply to groups that come together)
  • -Please refrain from talking in the exhibition rooms.
  • -Please refrain from touching exhibits and display cases.

For sanitary and safety reasons, some changes will be made to their services on offer.

  • -The cloak room will remain closed. (A light equipment are recommended.)
  • -Some of the benches are temporarily removed.
  • -Blanket rental service is temporarily ceased. Please bring something to slip on in case of cool temperature in the exhibition rooms.
  • -All staffs are wearing masks.

We kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation with our efforts toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Current Exhibition

Chanoyu Aesthetics:
Rikyū, Oribe and Enshū’s Tea Utensils

April 18(Thu) - June 16(Sun), 2024


10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm


Mondays(except 4/29, 5/6), 5/7

Entrance fees

We hold collection exhibitions or special exhibitions throughout the year but we don’t have any permanent exhibitions.

Collection Exhibition
Special Exhibition
High School and College Students
Collection Exhibition
Special Exhibition
Groups of 20 or more
fee in parenthesis


Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

For inquiries

050-5541-8600 / 047-316-2772 (from overseas)


Mitsui Memorial Museum


The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located in the Nihonbashi district, a few minutes walk from Tokyo Station. The museum opened in October 2005 as the successor to the Mitsui Bunko Annex facilities in Tokyo’s Nakano-ku district. Work is progressing on redeveloping this neighborhood under the concept of creating a modern streetscape coexisting with an Edo period feel, a redevelopment that “retains a sense of Japanese culture.” Since the Edo period, the Mitsui families and the Mitsui Group of Companies have had extremely close connections with the Nihonbashi district.


The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located on the 7th floor of the Mitsui Main Building, an Important Cultural Property-designated early Shôwa period Western-style building. Even so, it is easy to access the museum. The entrance to the museum is located in the 1st Floor Atrium of the neighboring Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Progressing from the modern streetscape into a building that retains its early 20th century Western-style architectural form, the elevator takes you up to the 7th floor exhibition galleries. There you can enjoy looking at Japanese and Asian artworks in a calming space.


The Mitsui Memorial Museum collection consists of superb Japanese and East Asian artworks acquired by the Mitsui families from the Edo period onwards. Centering on tea ceremony utensils, the collection ranges across paintings, Noh costumes and masks, swords, sutra transcriptions, stone rubbings, calligraphy and furnishings. Since our opening we have experimented with ways of rediscovering the Japanese and East Asian traditions of “the beauty of form” and the “beauty of functionality” in these works. We will continue this exploration in the future.


We hope that you will enjoy visiting our museum and seeing our succession of exhibitions featuring masterpieces from the Mitsui Memorial Museum’s own collection, and at times, special exhibitions bringing together works whose owners have generously allowed their display in our museum.
We look forward to welcoming you to our museum.

Mazumi Shimizu
Mitsui Memorial Museum