NACT Re-opening Announcement

The National Art Center, Tokyo has been closed since February 29 (Sat.) to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). After taking sufficient preventive measures based on safeguarding guidelines, the NACT will progressively re-open its facility and exhibitions from June 11 (Thu.).
Please be sure to read the following before visiting.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

【NACT measures to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)】

  • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is placed at every entrance.
  • Our staff members will wear masks and/or face-shields to protect visitors and staff from infection.
    However, as wearing a mask in high temperatures and humidity may cause heat stroke, staff may not wear a mask or face-shield when a sufficient distance can be secured.
  • Spots accessed by numerous visitors including elevators and escalators are regularly sterilized and cleaned.
  • The galleries are appropriately ventilated.
  • Our staff consistently wash their hands and take their temperature.
  • Thermography and/or thermometers will be used at the entrances to take visitors’ temperature. If you have a fever of 37.5 degrees C or higher, you will not be allowed to access the NACT.
  • When crowded, admission to the exhibitions may be limited, and visitors may be asked to wait for a while before entering.

  • 【Requests to visitors】

    • The NACT asks you to refrain from visiting our facilities if you meet either of the following criteria:
      *You have cold symptoms such as a fever of 37.5 degrees C (100 degrees F) or higher, cough, sneeze, and/or a runny nose.
      *You are in poor physical condition.
      *You have seen a doctor or taken medicine in the last 14 days because of a fever or other cold symptoms.
      *You have traveled in the last 14 days in any region or country where COVID-19 is spreading.
    • If you have a coughing fit or any other cold symptom in the exhibition galleries or other areas, our staff may ask you to leave.
    • Visitors are asked to purchase an online or advance ticket to prevent waiting lines from forming in front of the ticket booths.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly often.
    • Use the liquid soap provided in the lavatories before entering the galleries.
    • Practice good "coughing etiquette", such as wearing a mask. In addition, take further preventive measures against infection yourself as well.
    • In the galleries, refrain from talking as much as possible to prevent the spread of saliva droplets.
    • In the galleries, try to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other visitors.
    • Let our staff know if you feel sick while visiting a gallery or other facility of the NACT.
    • If it is confirmed that someone who has visited the NACT has become infected, an alert will be posted on our website. Therefore, be sure to take careful note of the date and time of your visit.

    【Exhibitions opening and facilities resuming on June 11 (Thu.)】

    Nature in Japan and the Spirit of “Sho”
    “200 Selected Works by Japanese Calligraphers-in commemoration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games”(Organized by: The Executive Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Commemorative Calligraphy Exhibition, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council)

    Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition in Tokyo (Organized by: JAPAN CALLIGRAPHIC ART ACADEMY)

    59th Sho Shou Exhibition (Organized by: Sho Shou Kai)

    Restaurant: BRASSERIE PAUL BOCUSE Le Musée (3F)

    Café: Salon de Thé ROND (2F)

    Café: Café COQUILLE (1F)

    Café: Cafétéria CARRÉ (B1)


    【Exhibitions opening on June 24 (Wed.)】

    Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present
    * Tickets with designated date and time are necessary to access the exhibition. Details will be announced on the exhibition website ( by early June (in Japanese only).

    * The Art Library (Main Building 3F) will be open from July 2020 and the service will be available only by reservation for the time being. For more details, see here.