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The National Art Center, Tokyo: FAQ

Center Hours and Access

Q1. When is The National Art Center, Tokyo open?
A. The Center's hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays. Visitors must enter 30 minutes prior to closing.
The Center is closed on the following days.

Tuesdays, New Year's Day, and during exhibition preparation periods.
*Exclusion: If Tuesday is a national holiday, the Center will be open and closed on the following day.

The Center stays open late for special extended hours for certain exhibitions. Please check each exhibition's page for hours of operation.
Please note that the Center may open or close on short notice.
Q2. How do I access the Center?
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Q3. Does the Center have a parking lot?
A. No. Please use a parking lot in the surrounding area. Physically-challenged visitors accessing the Center by car are asked to contact the security guard at the west gate of the Center (in front of Aoyama Park).

Center Services

Q1. Are small children allowed in the Center?
A. Although there are no restrictions on the admission of small children, we reserve the right to ask visitors with young children to temporarily leave an exhibition should their child interfere with other visitors' experience.
Q2. Are baby strollers allowed in the Center?
A. Yes. However, we reserve the right to ask visitors to refrain from bringing in a stroller for safety reasons when the Center is extremely crowded.
Q3. Does the Center provide baby strollers?
A. Yes. Five baby strollers are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the information desk for details.
Q4. Are attendants for physically-challenged visitors required to pay admission?
A. Physically-challenged visitors and their attendant (in principle one per person) may enter the Center free of charge.
Q5. Does the Center provide wheelchairs?
A. Yes. Ten wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the information desk for details.

Exhibitions

Q1. Do the Center's exhibitions go on tour?
A. Some exhibitions do go on tour. Please check each exhibition's page for details.
Q2. How much is admission for exhibitions? Are presale tickets or discounts available?
A. Admission fees, presale tickets, and discounts vary. Please check each exhibition's page for details.
Q3. Does the Center offer lectures or events related to exhibitions?
A. The Center occasionally provides lectures and gallery talks by curators and artists. Please check each exhibition's page for details.
Q4. Are catalogues of open exhibitions available for purchase?
A. Catalogues of ongoing exhibitions may be purchased within the exhibition gallery or at the museum shop.

Photography and Recording

Q1. Is filming and photography (including digital cameras) of exhibitions allowed?
A. As a rule of thumb, the contracts that allow The National Art Center, Tokyo to borrow works of art forbid the filming and photography of exhibition pieces.
Q2. Is note-taking at the Center allowed?
A. Taking notes in pencil is allowed. Ballpoint pens, fountain pens, calligraphy brushes, paints, and any other tools or instruments that may damage works of art are not allowed.
Q3. Can I use images of works of art published in catalogues or on the Center's website?
A. The use of an image that exceeds the boundaries of personal use as defined by the Japanese copyright law is not allowed. This also applies to images in catalogues and elsewhere.

Center Facilities

Q1. Are there dining facilities in the Center?
A. Cafes are located on floors B1, 1, and 2, and the restaurant Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée is on the third floor. Please contact Hiramatsu Inc. at +81-3-5770-8161 for details.
Q2. Does the restaurant take reservations?
A. Yes, depending on the time of day. Please contact Hiramatsu Inc. at +81-3-5770-8161 for details.
Q3. Do you have to pay admission to enter the restaurant and museum shop?
A. No. Visitors who do not view the exhibitions may also make use of these amenities. The Art Library may also be entered free of charge.

Miscellaneous

Q1. When was the Center built, and who designed it?
A. The National Art Center, Tokyo was designed in a collaborative project between the architect Kisho Kurokawa and Nihon Sekkei, Inc. It was built on the former site of the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo over a period of nearly four years, from July 2002 to May 2006, with factors such as the environment and earthquake safety in mind.
The Center compromises one basement floor and four aboveground floors, with a total floor space of 48,000 square meters.

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