Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Japan Museums: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum 東京都庭園美術館

Tokyo Teien Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is housed in an elegant art deco masterpiece of a building in Shirokanedai surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, variegated in style, with a lawn plaza, a Japanese- and a Western-style garden, and featuring a huge array of flora. The building dates from 1933 and was built as the residence of Prince Asaka, still containing many period pieces. It became a museum in 1983.

The interior was designed principally by the Frenchmen, Henri Rapin (1873-1939) and Ivan-Leon Branchot (1868-1947), so many of the materials that went into its construction, and much of the interior decoration, are French imports. The glass relief of the main entrance door and the chandeliers in the Grand Guest Room and Great Dining Hall are by the celebrated glassware and jewelry artist, Rene Lalique (1860-1945).

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum building has two floors, plus a basement floor, and the grounds house a traditional Japanese tea room in a Japanese-style garden, a modern restaurant, a shop, and half a dozen sculptures, the most dramatic being Kan Yasuda's oblong, white marble Kaze ("Wind"). Garden-only admission possible for 100 yen.

Hours: 10am - 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm). Closed 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (but open if that Wednesday falls on a national holiday, and closed the next day, Thursday) and New Year.

Garden-only admission: 100 yen for adults. Limited parking available for 1,000 yen/3 hours. Exhibition admission: changes according to exhibition.
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5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel. 03-3443-0201
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Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Shirokanedai.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Shirokanedai, Tokyo.
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