Entrance to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (Photo: Kakidai / CC BY-SA 4.0)

National Museum of Modern Art Free Admission Day [Closed]

Sample Tokyo's best for nothing

Entrance to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (Photo: Kakidai / CC BY-SA 4.0)
By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

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Please note that the free admission days were discontinued due to COVID-19 policies. The museum now offers free admission once a year on May 18 (International Museum Day).

Last updated: May 23, 2022

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MoMAT) offers visitors the chance to experience its works courtesy of its Free Admission Day for access to its Permanent Collection.

The first Sunday of each month rewards the budget-conscious with free entry. As its name suggests, the museum focuses heavily on modern works of the 20th century. These works feature a strong emphasis on Japanese art including modern ukiyo-e. The National Museum of Modern Art naturally features a museum shop with numerous souvenir opportunities, a restaurant for the hungry, as well as an art library.

The museum is located right by the Imperial Palace and, along its moats and walls, offers quite picturesque views of central Tokyo, to say nothing of its renowned artistic collection. The museum was once home to a separate craft gallery but this has now been relocated to Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. A film archive in the form of what is now the independently operated National Film Center cane also be found as well as regularly held special exhibitions. While accessible to the public, these special exhibitions do not fall under the free admission day program.

The museum is also part of a consolidated catalogue of works program known as the 'Union Catalog.' This catalogue features material held by four of Japan's national museums.

Please check the official website for special exhibition details, other free admission days and notes on photography within the museum.

Getting there

Take the Metro Tozai Subway Line to Takebashi Station. The National Museum of Modern Art is no more than a brief 3-minute walk from Exit 1B.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

I'm a Japanese Permanent Resident with over 650 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books inspired by traditional Japanese literature.I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, so if you've anything to say about Japan's never ending capital - or just Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Sleiman Azizi Author 3 years ago
Tokyo, the city that never stops giving right?
Kim 3 years ago
Really love that they do things like this, making art accessible to everyone!