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Fun Day

Fun Day 2012

The NMWA Fun Days are days when the NMWA is open to visitors free-of-charge. We have prepared great programs for this year's Fun Days - we hope you can join us for the fun!

Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November 2012
9:30 - 17:30 each day (entrance closes at 17:00)

Past Programs

Enjoying the Museum Programs
All free-of-charge, no reservations necessary (in Japanese only)

[Gallery Talk – One Work from the Collection]

A single work is chosen from the Permanent Collection Galleries, and one from the Traces of Hands exhibition, with volunteers presenting a 10-minute talk in front of each work. Held 7 times each day.

1) 10:00 - 10:10 The Last Judgment
2) 10:20 - 10:30 The Flight of Lot and his Family from Sodom
3) 10:40 - 10:50 Self Portrait (L’artiste occupée à dessiner)
4) 12:00 - 12:10 Head of John the Baptist
("Traces of Hands" gallery)
5) 14:00 - 14:10 Orpheus
("Traces of Hands" gallery)
6) 14:30 - 14:40 Poplars in the Sun
7) 14:50 - 15:00 Two Breton Girls by the Sea
[Let's make an original NMWA Collection badge!]

The entrance ticket uses a motif from a work in the NMWA collection. Why don't you try to figure out which part of which work is shown. If you find it, you can have your ticket made into your very own badge. A transformed entrance ticket, now a badge!
(Limit one per person, limited numbers available.)

9:30 - 17:00


You can borrow the BijuTool kit and find new ways to look at art works. These kits are suitable for all visitors. The Fun Day BijuTool kit features Monet and Rodin. From kids to adults, have fun!

9:30 - 16:00 (lending ends at 15:00)

[Architectural Tour of the Main Building]

A volunteer guide will lead a tour of the Main Building designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Each tour will last approximately 50 minutes
How to participate: Please pick up a reservation ticket. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before each talk. There is a limit of 15 visitors per talk.

  • 1) Starts at 11:30
  • 2) Starts at 14:30
"Traces of Hands: Sculpture and Drawings by Rodin and Bourdelle, Primarily from the NMWA Collection"
[Let's Explore Sculpture Methods]

Sculpture is made in several different materials, including marble, bronze and plaster. How is each material worked? This demonstration program will show the different methods used with each material. Each program will last approximately 50 minutes.

  • 1) 11:00 Marble
  • 2) 13:00 Bronze
  • 3) 15:00 Clay
[Self-Guided Tour of the Sculpture Exhibition]

The Junior Passport is an explanatory guide to the exhibitions that is normally distributed to Elementary and Middle School students. On Fun Day anyone can request a Junior Passport. Have fun looking at sculpture with your Junior Passport as guide.

[Concert in the Forecourt]

Brass band concerts will be held in front of The Gates of Hell sculpture in the NMWA Forecourt. A great variety of fun music will be performed!
(With the cooperation of: NPO Japan Academy Philharmonic)

  • 1) 10:30 - 11:00
  • 2) 14:30 - 15:00

(Program subject to change. For latest information, please refer to the NMWA website.)

With the support of: The Mitsubishi Corporation
With the cooperation of: The Sculpture Department and Decorative Arts and Casting Department, Tokyo University of the Arts and the NPO Japan Academy Philharmonic


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