Museum &

About MAU M&L

Message from Director

Yuji Akatsuka
Director of MAU M&L

Musashino Art University Museum & Library (MAU M&L) is a complex intellectual facility constituting the functions of a museum and library within its singular organization.

In 1967, Musashino Art University, with a motivated and pliant idea to create a library appropriate for an art university where art works as well as publications are accessible to its users, opened the Museum & Library. Evolving from the Museum & Library, the present MAU M&L has become a unique facility incorporating two significant functions.

The Museum currently houses over 40,000 art works and design related materials, including a special collection of nearly 30,000 posters and over 400 examples of modern chairs, and holds many exhibitions throughout the year.

The Library has a collection of approximately 320,000 books and 5,000 titles of academic and other specialized periodicals on art and design and holds one of the largest collections among Japanese libraries specializing in art and design.

In addition, MAU M&L contains the Folk Art Gallery with a collection of roughly 90,000 materials and the Image Library where over 20,000 audiovisual materials can be viewed. Through exhibitions and activities of each section, these diverse materials of various fields can be associated with each other, forming a platform which brings about integrated opportunities.

MAU M&L will continuously make advanced efforts to improve as the intellectual powerhouse for the University’s students and faculty members and as a research facility of a specialized educational institution open to the general public.

Campus Map

MAU M&L is located on the straight way from the main gate of the university. The Museum faces on open ground. The Library is on the west of the museum.
The Folk Art Gallery is on 2nd floor of the 13th building.
The Image Library is on the 2nd floor of the museum.


The museum opened in 1967 as the Museum & Library.

In 2010, the name was changed to Musashino Art University Museum & Library, and in 2011 reopened following renovations.

As a university art museum, it collects and preserves works of art and design-related material, builds database, plans and carries out exhibitions, and publishes catalogues.

The museum’s collection includes 30,000 posters, over 40,000 design-related materials, including 400 examples of modern chairs, and works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and prints.

Its scale and wealth of material for basic research make the collection of great social significance.

It will continue to fulfill vital educational functions, and disseminate information through a rich variety of exhibitions.

Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday and special opening day 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, national holidays, and exhibition replacement period


The library has a collection of approximately 320,000 books and 5,000 titles of academic and other specialized periodicals with an emphasis on art and design, which is one of the largest among Japan’s art universities.

The library’s vast collection of rare resources including avant-garde art materials, natural history archive materials, Nara “picture books”, “Ukiyozoshi” books, are frequently utilized in diverse study courses, seminars, and lectures.

The library’s faculty includes group study rooms, individual study booths for graduate students and researchers, as well as a cutting-edge technological “ubiquitous information access” environment enabling library users to success information anytime on the premises.

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm
(Summer vacation period 10:00am – 6:00pm)
Saturday and special opening days 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, national holidays, entry prohibited period, and inventory period

Folk Art Gallery

The Folk Art Gallery houses nearly 90,000 items related to the role of design in everyday life. Started under the direction of Professor Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-1981), the collection has been built over the past thirty years.

It includes all sorts of household implements, toys, kites, and religious artifacts. Among collections in Japan dedicated to preservation of practical artifacts largely lost during Japan’s rapid economic growth, few can match its quantity or quality.

The storage room is partly accessible to the public and exhibitions are held in the gallery with the aim of utilizing these materials.

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am – 4:30pm (Storage room visit available)
* Only exhibition period Monday – Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, national holidays, exhibition replacement period and entry prohibited period

Image Library

The Image Library comprises a vast collection of visual materials from a broad range of genres including movies, documentary films, animation, and art films.

This educational resource, as a unique collection for an art university with around 20,000 materials, comprises not only works that are indispensable to study film and visual history, but also many that are rarely shown despite their outstanding artistic merit.

These valuable materials may be viewed in the Image Library, and some may be borrowed.

Monday – Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday and special opening days 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, national holidays, entry prohibited period, and inventory period