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Museum Start "iUeno"

This educational program for the 21st century aims to create new opportunities for learning through partnerships between museums, university, local government, and citizens. In this “Learning Design Project” facilitated by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo University of the Arts, nine cultural and educational facilities located around Ueno Park are working together to help children to make their “museum debut,” as well as creating an active learning environment in which children and adults can learn from one another.


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and other cultural facilities in Ueno Park

Events Information

iUeno Family (Program for children and their families)

A program of adventure and discovery that shows participants the enjoyment of museums and the fascination of Ueno Park. Children and adults will learn from each other through art appreciation, observation, and modeling. This program is open to all children, including children with disabilities.

iUeno School (School-oriented program)

The art museum will change into classrooms! This is an art appreciation program offering encounters and dialogue with real works of art. Art museum curators and university associates will support with all aspects of the process, from the loan of teaching materials and other advance preparations, through the visit itself, and on to lessons afterwards.

iUeno Special (iUeno Members’ Program)

These are members-only special programs to which those who have previously participated in the Museum Start iUeno project and registered as iUeno members are invited. They give children who have made their “museum debuts” the chance to return with their family members for a day of adventure among the museums of Ueno Park. Held three times each year, the iUeno Special days feature a variety of discovery corners set up in the Art Study Room at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. For example, the information corner offers pamphlets showcasing the exhibitions and events on at the nine museums in Ueno Park, while another corner holds a space for iUeno members to record their adventures in the museums on their notebooks. On the day, art communicators nicknamed “Tobirā” belonging to “Tobira Project” provide support for members both as they head out on their adventures and upon their return.

Monday, August 20, 2018: Summer iUeno Special
Saturday, December 15, 2018: Winter iUeno Special
Sunday, February 24, 2019: Spring iUeno Special

Art Study Room, 2F Interchange Wing, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Eligible Participants
iUeno members (elementary school students through high school students who have previously participated in one of the Museum Start iUeno programs and then registered as iUeno members, and their family members)

Participation Fee
*For details of exhibition admission fees of each museum, please refer to the relevant pages on their website.

How to Participate
Information will be published in the members-only newsletter “iUeno News” about three weeks before each event.

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