Events

Nikon Museum holds uniquely themed special exhibitions and events relating to Nikon products and businesses.

Fourth (Final) 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The World of F-mount NIKKOR”

Dates: October 3, 2017 (Tue) – December 27, 2017 (Wed)

Nikon Museum will hold an exhibition entitled “The World of F-mount NIKKOR” from October 3 to December 27, 2017 as the fourth and final 100th anniversary special exhibition.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released Nikon’s first interchangeable lens SLR camera, the Nikon F. F-mount NIKKOR lenses were sold as interchangeable lenses exclusively for the Nikon F. In the 58 years from 1959 to 2017, Nikon has developed and released more than 450 types of F-mount NIKKOR lenses.

In this exhibition, Nikon will exhibit approximately 400 F-mount NIKKOR lenses belonging to the Nikon Museum, and a celestial globe that uses the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 with a 220° angle of view as its projector lens. Panels explaining the evolution of and changes to NIKKOR lenses, and sample images photographed using approximately 20 types of interchangeable lenses, from a 6mm fisheye lens to a 2000mm telephoto lens, are also exhibited.

Exhibits Approximately 400 F-mount NIKKOR lenses, a celestial globe with a Fisheye NIKKOR lens, and more

Updating of exhibits and changes to staff uniforms

Date: July 24, 2017 (Mon)

Some exhibits will be updated on July 24, 2017. Major changes are as follows.

  • ”Imaging” Area
    A ”Hands-on Corner” has been set up in the ”Imaging” area, where about 10 types of SLR film cameras from various generations can be handled. Telephoto lenses and prototypes will be additionally exhibited, and at the newly-opened “Brochure Library”, you can view about 100 Nikon film camera and interchangeable lens brochures on a specially designed monitor.
  • ”Industry” area
    The number of exhibits in the “Industry” area has been expanded to about ten, displaying survey instruments from the 1940s up to the latest models. The history of Nikon survey instruments is introduced.
  • Audio guide service (fee required)
    The audio guide service (in Japanese and English) provides explanations about approximately 20 items via a dedicated tablet device. The audio guide fee is 300 yen, all of which is donated to charities.

To celebrate Nikon’s centennial anniversary in July, redesigned museum staff uniforms will be introduced from July 24.
The new uniforms have been designed in cooperation with Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin with the goal of contributing to the local community. A design competition was held as coursework at the Dressmaker Gakuin, and the first prize-winning creation was adopted for as basic design of the new uniforms. They have been designed to give an impression that matches Nikon’s corporate image, while considering the comfort and work efficiency of the museum staff.

Audio guide (the tablet shown in the image is for display purposes only)

The Third 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “A Century of Memories — David Douglas Duncan”

Dates: July 4, 2017 (Tue) – September 30, 2017 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold an exhibition entitled “A Century of Memories — David Douglas Duncan” from July 4 to September 30, 2017 as the third 100th anniversary special exhibition.

Mr. Duncan is a distinguished American photojournalist who exemplified 20th century photography. He took photos during the Korean War using NIKKOR lenses, the superior quality of which led to NIKKOR lenses becoming famous around the world.

This exhibition features 24 photographs taken by Mr. Duncan, including some taken during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, as well as photos of artist Pablo Picasso. A movie will also be shown on a 100-inch screen of Mr. Duncan talking about his relationship with Nikon and how he first encountered NIKKOR lenses. In addition, in private viewing booths with small monitors and headphones specially set up for this exhibition, you can view historically valuable movies that include interviews with Mr. Duncan talking about the untold story of his friendship with Nikon and explaining the circumstances of some of the photos he took during wartime.

Exhibited photographs have been reprinted from scanned data stored at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas in Austin.

Exhibits 24 photographs, interviews, and more
Cooperation Joseph McNally Studio
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Taken at Mr. Duncan’s home in Mouans-Sartoux, southern France, in April 2012.
Photo: Joe McNally

Past Events

The Second 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Prototype Cameras — Developers' Memories”

Dates April 4, 2017 – July 1, 2017
Exhibits Approx. 40 prototype cameras

100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Naomi Uemura — Camera Techniques in Polar Regions”

Dates January 5, 2017 – April 1, 2017
Exhibits Approx. 20 photos and approx. 20 items of equipment
Cooperation Uemura Museum Tokyo, Toyooka-city Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, Bungeishunju Ltd.

Special exhibition “Hana Utage — Flower Banquet”

Dates October 4, 2016 – December 27, 2016
Exhibits “Petals of the Sun”, “Roses”
Cooperation Shotaro Akiyama Photo Art Museum

Special exhibition “Walk with Yusaku Kamekura”

Dates July 4, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Exhibits Approximately 70 Kamekura-designed items, mainly Nikon materials
Cooperation Yusaku Kamekura Library, Recruit Hodings Co., Ltd. CREATION GALLERY G8, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Osaka Prefectural Expo '70 Commemorative Park Office, JCII Camera Museum, and oters

Special exhibition “The beauty of Mt. Fuji, a mountain beloved beyond time — Koyo Okada”

Dates April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Exhibits
  • “WAVES OF MOUNTAINS”
  • “SNOW DAY”
  • “WHITE PEAK”
Cooperation Koyo Okada Photo Art Museum

Special exhibition “Through the eyes of Ken DOMON”

Dates January 5, 2016 – March 31, 2016
Exhibits From the second collection of A Pilgrimage through Old Temples
“Right Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
“Left Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
Cooperation Ken Domon Museum of Photography

Special exhibition “Ihei Kimura — Lass”

Dates October 17, 2015 – December 26, 2015
Exhibits “Lass”