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Family Programs

Two programs for children aged 6 to 10 and accompanying adults are offered. The two are: a service that rents art appreciation tools (instruments), named Bijutool (from the words "bijutsu" [art] and tool); the other is a creative experiential program called Doyo Bijutsu, or "Saturday Arts."

Past Programs

Bijutool (Art Enjoyment Activity Tool)

Bijutool is a portable kit to enjoy paintings and sculptures at the museum. Each Bijutool contains different tools, games, and activities for different artworks. It encourages children (ages 6-10) and adults to enjoy art works together in galleries. Families as fist-time visitors or unfamiliar with art are all welcome!

No reservations needed. Check the schedule below and stop by the checkout desk in the permanent collection gallery at the NMWA!

Dates and hours: August 2013 program has been finished.

Doyo Bijutsu (Saturday Arts)

“Doyo Bijutsu” is a set of programs combining the appreciation of our collection of paintings and sculptures with experiential activities. Advance booking is required. Please check our schedule and details, and then fax your application to the museum. (This program is conducted only in Japanese.)

"Let's Search with Magnifying Glasses! Let's See What We can See?"

After looking at Callot's miniature world depicted in lines, what can you draw with lines?

  • Participants: Children aged 6 to 9 who must be accompanied by adults
  • Capacity: 15 (including adults)
  • Costs: free of charge, but adult needs group discount admission fee of 400 yen.
  • Dates and hours: please see the following schedule.
  Before noon Afternoon
April 19
10:00 - 12:00fully booked 14:00 - 16:00fully booked
April 26
10:00 - 12:00fully booked 14:00 - 16:00fully booked
May 10
10:00 - 12:00fully booked 14:00 - 16:00fully booked
May 24
10:00 - 12:00fully booked 14:00 - 16:00fully booked

* The same program will be provided in April and May.

Application: First-come, first served

Please print the fax application. Fill out the application completely and fax it to the National Museum of Western Art. Application form can be downloaded from March 11.

  • Download fax application (PDF 140KB, in Japanese only)
  • Fax number: 03-3828-5797

* The museum will reply to you by telephone after receiving your completed application. If you do not receive a phone call within 3 business days of your application, please call us to confirm.

For details, call 03-3828-5168.


  • Lectures/Symposium
  • Gallery Talks/Slide Talks
  • Art Talks/Architectural Tours
  • Family Programs
  • Concerts
  • Fun Day
  • Fun with Collection
  • Christmas Program