Jan 7, 2015

Boston to open 'oldest' U.S. time capsule, from 1795

It dates back to 1795 and has been dubbed the oldest time capsule in America. On Thursday, a museum in Boston will open the relic, believed to contain coins and papers. The Museum of Fine Arts will open the time capsule at a press ...

Nov 25, 2014

Turkey governor under fire over call to turn synagogue into museum

A Turkish regional governor was accused Monday of inciting hatred toward the country’s Jewish community after suggesting a synagogue be turned into a museum as a reprisal for Israel’s policies over the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Dursun Ali Sahin, governor of the northwestern province ...

Recently discovered Chihiro works displayed in Nagano

Aug 28, 2014

Recently discovered Chihiro works displayed in Nagano

Artworks believed to be created by noted illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) to entertain soldiers during the Pacific War have been shown to reporters at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino in Matsukawa, Nagano Prefecture. The works — illustrations on postal stationery — were found at Nippon ...

Visit some of Tokyo's top museums for free

May 15, 2014

Visit some of Tokyo's top museums for free

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Museums sometimes get the unfair reputation of being a bit boring, which is one reason why International Museum Day could exceed your expectations. In Japan this year, International Museum Day, which is usually held around May 18, includes a two-week long string of events ...

Apr 16, 2014

Foreigners flock to Hiroshima memorial museum in record numbers

Visits to The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum by foreign tourists hit a record high of 200,086 in 2013, the museum announced Wednesday. The figures followed a previous drop in attendance after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, and the ensuing Fukushima ...

Museum to host exhibit honoring Anne Frank

Mar 3, 2014

Museum to host exhibit honoring Anne Frank

A memorial museum in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, will host an exhibit to mark the 85th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth. The Holocaust Education Center will host the exhibition between March 15 and May 3, according to the museum. News of the exhibition follows the ...

More museums exhibit accessibility

Oct 22, 2013

More museums exhibit accessibility

by Takeshi Kawamura

In an effort to promote inclusivity and expose their collections to as wide an audience as possible, art museums are improving accessibility by offering special tours for disabled visitors and on-site baby-sitting services. At a special session held in early September at Yokohama Museum ...

Museum honoring Japan scholar Keene to open doors

Sep 21, 2013

Museum honoring Japan scholar Keene to open doors

A new museum built in honor of Donald Keene, a prominent U.S.-born scholar of Japanese literature, was opened to reporters Friday in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, prior to its public unveiling Saturday. At a news conference at the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki, Keene, 91, said: ...

Sep 19, 2013

Hokkaido mulls museum revamp, new name to reflect Ainu perspective

Hokkaido is considering overhauling historical displays at its prefectural museum to showcase the indigenous Ainu people, who were deprived of their livelihoods and culture through the island’s development. The Historical Museum of Hokkaido, which in Japanese is called Hokkaido Kaitaku Kinenkan (Hokkaido Pioneer Memorial ...