Current exhibition

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

Mitsui Memorial Museum

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