Ikebukuro has everything you need. It has various tourist spots, so many people are sure to think, “Where exactly should I go?” So this time, we would like to introduce the Ancient Orient Museum, the first museum in Japan to specialize in the ancient Orient!
What is The Ancient Orient Museum?
The Ancient Orient Museum is Situated 15 minutes on foot away from Ikebukuro station, on the 7F of Sunshine City building’s Bunka Kaikan.
The museum opened in 1978 (Showa 53). This was the first museum in Japan to specialize in the ancient Orient. It exhibits around 5,000 materials mainly from West Asia and Egypt, from the Paleolithic era to the era of the Sasanian Empire, and there are many Syrian artifacts as well. Furthermore, the museum collects, stores, and exhibits materials related to the ancient Orient, so you can learn about the history of the ancient Orient. It is a place that can be enjoyed by kids as well as adults.
Lots of Ways to Enjoy The Ancient Orient Museum!
In addition to looking at the exhibits with the naked eye, it is possible to get more detailed explanations by tapping your finger on the audio guide, "Highlight Loupe” touch panel, "Learn by Touching - Ancient Orient Map", or "Learn by Touching - Ancient Orient Era". Furthermore, the Ancient Orient Museum also holds regular themed exhibitions, so please go take a look at least once.
The Ancient Orient Museum Shop: So Much Mysterious Merchandise!
At the Ancient Orient Museum shop, you can purchase original merchandise and oriental merchandise, and there are lots of small unique items related to the museum.
The "clay message tablet" with which you can enjoy its authentic feeling, or a replica of a "clay tablet document", "cylindrical seal", "cuneiform kana syllabary" and "hieroglyph syllabary" on which you can write names in cuneiform writing, make perfect souvenirs as well. In addition, T-shirts and stationery with ancient Orient motifs are popular too.
- Spot name: The Ancient Orient Museum
- Street address: 7F Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan, 3-1-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo.
- Access: 15 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro station
- Opening hours: 10:00-16:30