Museum &
Library

About MAU M&L

Message from the Director

Yuji Akatsuka
Director, MAU M&L

Musashino Art University Museum & Library (MAU M&L) is a multifaceted intellectual facility serving the functions of both museum and library within a single organization.

The University opened the Museum & Library in 1967, motivated by the ambitious and innovative goal of creating a library appropriate for an art university, where not only publications but artwork as well would be accessible to users. As it evolved into its present form, MAU M&L has become a unique facility incorporating two significant functions.

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

The Library collection includes approximately 320,000 books and 5,000 academic and specialized periodicals on art and design, one of the largest art and design collections in Japan.

In addition, MAU M&L includes the Folk Art Gallery, with a collection of roughly 90,000 items, and the Image Library, where over 20,000 audiovisual materials can be viewed. Through exhibitions and other activities organized by MAU M&L’s various divisions, these diverse materials interact with each other, making the library a platform for integrated learning.

As we move forward, MAU M&L is committed to continuing to improve as an intellectual powerhouse for the University’s students and faculty and as a specialized research facility open to the general public.

Campus Map

MAU M&L is located on the straightaway that starts at the main gate of the university. The Museum faces an open plaza. The Library is on the west side of the museum.
The Folk Art Gallery is on the 2nd floor of Building 13.
The Image Library is on the 2nd floor of the Museum.

Museum

The museum opened in 1967 as the Museum & Library.

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

As a university art museum, the museum collects and preserves works of art and design-related materials, builds databases, plans and holds exhibitions, and publishes catalogues.

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

Its scale and wealth of material for basic research give the collection great societal value. Moving forward, it will continue to fulfill vital educational functions and disseminate information through a rich variety of exhibitions.

Open:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturdays and special opening days 10:00 – 17:00
Close:
Sundays, national holidays, and during exhibit installation

Library

The library collection includes approximately 320,000 books and 5,000 titles of academic and specialized periodicals with an emphasis on art and design, one of the largest art-university collections in Japan.

The library’s vast collection of rare resources includes avant-garde art, a natural history archive, Nara ehon (handwritten illustrated books), and ukiyozoshi (popular fiction from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries). These resources are frequently utilized in diverse courses, seminars, and lectures.

The library’s facilities include group study rooms and individual study booths for graduate students and researchers, as well as a cutting-edge “ubiquitous information access environment” enabling library users to access information from anywhere on the premises.

Open:
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 20:00
(10:00 – 18:00 during summer vacation)
Saturdays and special opening days 9:00 – 17:00
Close:
Sundays, national holidays, inventory periods, and other closures

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 MAU professor Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-1981), the collection has been developed over the past thirty years.

Today it includes a wide variety of household implements, toys, kites, and religious artifacts. Among collections in Japan dedicated to the preservation of practical artifacts largely lost during Japan’s rapid economic growth, few can match its quantity or quality.

The storage room is partly open to the public, and exhibitions are held in the gallery with the aim of utilizing and sharing these materials more widely.

Open:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 16:30 (Storage room open)
* During exhibitions, the gallery is open Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00
Close:
Sundays, national holidays, during exhibit installation, and other closures

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.

With around 20,000 items, this unique educational resource includes not only works that are indispensable to the study of 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.

Open:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00
Saturdays and special opening days 10:00 – 17:00
Close:
Sundays, national holidays, inventory periods, and other closures