The museum is a great place
for kids to learn.
With real things gathered from all over the world, it’s a place to encounter,
think about, and study all kinds of values.
We devise spaces at museums where you can learn freely and enthusiastically.
A museum experience for every child
For all the different children,
all sorts of entryways have been set up.
Museums are invaluable sources of cultural assets that anyone can access. Aside from our programs for families and schools, we’ve set up lots of different entryways to a “museum debut,” such as our inclusive program for foster children or children in difficult economic circumstances. So that every child can go to the museum.
There are no right answers and no mistakes.
The important thing is
the learning process, through dialogue.
As our focus lies not only on “education” but also on “learning,” the diverse programs we offer emphasize the participant’s active involvement. Looking closely at real things, thinking for yourself, making discoveries — explorative learning, where adults and children learn together through dialogue. We propose this kind of “active learning.”
Our programs have two levels. “Debut Encouragement”, which makes your first museum into an exciting experience, and “Repeater Encouragement”, for the people who return to us after making their debut.
We offer an experiential program where you encounter real things. When you’re actually at the exhibition space getting a real sense of how much fun there is to be had, all your worries about children not being able to enjoy museums will disappear!
Program details (in Japanese)
Anyone who has participated in “iUeno” before can register as an “iUeno member.” If you become a member, you’ll be invited to a special program made for enjoying the museums of Ueno Park all over again. Frequenting the museum, having fun again and again — you’re sure to end up feeling right at home in Ueno Park’s museums for many times to come!
You’re not just meeting things! Treasuring personal encounters, we devise plans that all kinds of people take part in putting together.
At “iUeno,” the art communicators known as “Tobira” take in the children and support them in going through the museum activities worry free. Tobira are the adults taking part in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo University of the Arts tie-up “Tobira Project.” Learning together with adults who aren’t your teachers or parents means a chance to encounter all kinds of values.
We’ll share the secret knack for enjoying museums with kids with their guardians, teachers, and other adults they know. Once you get the hang of enjoying museums at “iUeno” you’ll be just fine, even if museum outings with children have always made you anxious. At iUeno, we support the accessibility of museums not only for children, but also adults.
There are adults at museums who gather together, protect, display, research, and circulate the things and stuff that live there. With the involvement of curators, professors, and specialists who tackle museum activities wholeheartedly every single day, the “iUeno” program plans and implements activities for children and adults.
There are lots of tricks to stimulate curiosity and motivation! We give a “Museum Starter Pack” to all participants so they can enjoy the nine museums of Ueno Park on their own.
The “Museum Starter Pack” is an instrument designed for children to be able to have fun putting the museum to good use. We carefully hand them over along with thorough explanations of their applications within the program, so that each and every participant can gain mastery of these tools for each and every one of their important adventures.
You can collect an original pin at each of the nine museums of Ueno Park if you go with the “Museum Starter Pack”. It’s a fun incentive to try out museums you don’t know!
You can write down the things or stuff you discovered or saw at the museums in the Bibihadotokada Book inside the “Museum Starter Pack”. When you preserve your museum learning or experiences — making a scrapbook with the exhibition’s flyer or ticket, putting them down in words or pictures — they’ll be much more deeply enriched.
iUeno offers a wealth of e-contents aiding with the activities at the museum. Connecting these activities to the web links the participants’ daily life environments with the museums of Ueno Park, breaking down any walls to getting going.
The Museum Calendar brings together the experiential programs or exhibitions held at the nine museums of Ueno Park that you can enjoy together with children. With the Museum Calendar, you can easily look up your destination before you head out.
If you upload the journals of your adventures written down in the Museum Starter Pack’s Bibihadotokada Book, they will be published in full on the iUeno official website’s Book Gallery. Expressing your own discoveries will help motivate the learning of other children by making them want to know more or go back again.
Participants from past programs are registered as iUeno members, so they can sign up for the mailing list packed with a variety of information. It’s full of carefully selected news, such as introductions to the “Adventure Journal Books” shared by other iUeno members, the nine museums’ season programs, and so on. You’ll also get information about the 3-times-a-year Repeater Encouragement program, “iUeno Special”!
Ueno Park: complete with an art museum, science museum, zoo, library, music hall, and art university.
There’s no other place in the world with national leading museums gathered together within walking distance.
Responding to the curiosity in children’s hearts, this wealth of cultural resources expands the scope of learning.
The nine cultural institutions of Ueno Park:
International Library of Children's Literature; National Museum of Nature and Science; National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo Bunka Kaikan; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Tokyo National Museum; Tokyo University of the Arts; Ueno Royal Museum; Ueno Zoological Gardens (in alphabetical order)
What we propose is Ueno Park as a whole organically working together,
people coming and going between the museums, gathering, learning together:
a dynamic museum collaboration.
For example, we conduct these tie-up programs
Coordinated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
and the Ueno Zoological Gardens
View art based on animal motifs at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
Observe real animals at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.
Draw your “spirit animal” on a real camphor tree, which is often used in sculpture, imagining it through what you saw or observed.
I go to the zoo a lot, but this was the first time I’d ever been to a museum.
The smell of wood, the faces of the animals — there were all kinds of things
that had a big impact on me.
Coordinated by the Tokyo National Museum,
the National Museum of Western Art,
and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
A program for junior high students that has been held a total of 10 times,
during the summer, winter, and spring vacations.
We made audio guides explaining works in our own words.
Visit the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, or the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; carefully observe and appraise artwork or cultural assets.
Make notes in the Bibihadotokada Book.
While sharing ideas with the other participants, pick a work you like and create an explanation for it in your own words.
Record and create audio guides!
Looking at and appreciating artwork is something you can figure out how to do by yourself, but what words should you use to express it to others so they’ll share your feelings?
And how do you convey sensations as similar as possible to your own?
We thought about these things a lot.