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

New theater space screening high resolution movies with the theme “Through the Lens”

Screening from: July 29, 2019 (Mon)

Nikon Museum has opened a new theater space featuring a 4K projector and 200-inch flat screen.

Nikon has been involved in photographic lenses for over 90 years, producing more than 100 million NIKKOR brand interchangeable lenses. In any era, lenses are an indispensable component in capturing the real world in 2D images. With the rapid evolution of digital cameras, lenses have become increasingly important. In this new theater space, Nikon will screen a wide variety of movies with the theme “Through the Lens” to demonstrate to museum visitors what lenses are capable of.

In the first screening, the following two movies taken by photographer Naomichi Seo using Z-series full-frame mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR lenses are being shown from July 29.

four seasons in Japan

A movie that captures the four seasons in Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Effectively mixing still images, the movie colorfully represents the beauty of nature.

TOKYO landscape

A movie that that uses time lapse photography to capture crowds and buildings in Tokyo, providing a unique and cool feeling contrasting the motion of clouds, cars and crowds with the stillness of buildings.

Movies four seasons in Japan
TOKYO landscape
New theater space
A scene from “four seasons in Japan”
A scene from “TOKYO landscape”

Special Exhibition “Photographing the Wonder of Science”

Dates: July 2, 2019 (Tue) – September 28, 2019 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold the “Photographing the Wonder of Science” exhibition from July 2 to September 28.

This exhibition features approximately 20 photos taken by scientific photographer Kunio Ichiji, with an explanation of the purpose and shooting method of those photos. In addition, visitors can take scientific photos in a special experimental shooting area.

When photographed from a scientific perspective, familiar phenomena also reveal wonderful aspects which cannot be observed with the naked eye. To experience such a wonderful world through photographs gives children an opportunity to enrich their understanding of, and increase their interest in, science. Why not come to the museum and enjoy the wonder and fun of science with the family?
The photos displayed in this exhibition were shot with the Nikon Z 7 full-frame mirrorless camera.

Kunio Ichiji

A scientific photographer. He was interested in science and photography from his childhood, and started to take scientific photos seriously while he was in college. His major themes are general science such as optical, microscopic, instantaneous the exact moment when a phenomenon occurs, botanical and astronomy photographs. He also works to share the fun of science with children through experiment classes. He is a vice-president of the Society of Scientific Photography (SSP).

Exhibits Approximately 20 scientific photos taken by Kunio Ichiji
Rainbow-colored plastic
Kunio Ichiji

Commemorative exhibition for 60th anniversary of Nikon F “F History”

Dates: May 7, 2019 (Tue) – Late March, 2020

Nikon Museum is holding the “F History” exhibition from May 7, 2019 to late March, 2020, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F, Nikon’s first SLR camera with interchangeable lenses.

The Nikon F was released in 1959 by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku), and is one of the most famous film SLR cameras. It was used worldwide by many photographers, both professional and amateur. The Nikon “F-mount” lens mount system, originally created for the Nikon F, has also been used for over 60 years and is still provided on the latest Nikon digital SLR cameras, and symbolizes Nikon’s reliability and heritage.

In this exhibition, 27 models of SLR camera bearing the single digit “F” are exhibited, from the Nikon F (released in 1959) to the F6 (released in 2004 and still available). We hope you will enjoy seeing the evolution of Nikon SLR cameras.

Exhibits 27 models of SLRs designated by the letter “F”, from the Nikon F to the F6, with commentary.

Past Events

Special Exhibition “Nikon Museum Special Collection”

Dates April 2, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Exhibits Approx. 30 items including cameras, measuring instruments and industrial equipment

High-quality short movies in 4K UHD taken with Nikon Z 7 camera

Screening from March 4, 2019
Short movies A relaxing time (short movie of a woman)
Red-crowned Crane (short movie of cranes)
Beyond the sky (short movie of airliners)
TOKYO from the air (nightscape movie taken from a helicopter)

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Viaduct Construction and Nikon Total Station”

Screening from February 12, 2019
Additional movie Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople ③
Viaduct Construction and Nikon Total Station
Cooperation Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited
Obayashi Corporation

Special Exhibition “Rokuro Yoshida Photo Exhibition — Snow Crystals”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Exhibits 60 photos of snow crystals
Movie “Observation of Snow and Crystals” (1960, Toei)
Commentary panels explaining the formation and classification of snow crystals, etc.
Large photo panels
Arrangement Mr. Akifumi Yoshida
Cooperation Toei Company
The Nakaya Ukichiro Foundation
The Ukichiro Nakaya Museum of Snow And Ice
Dr. Akira Yamashita, Emeritus Professor of Osaka Kyoiku University
The late Dr. Keiji Higuchi, Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University, and his family

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars”

Screening from December 10, 2018
Additional movie Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople ②
Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars
Cooperation Ferry Sunflower Limited

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5”

Screening from November 1, 2018
Additional movie Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople ①
Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5
Cooperation Seiko Instruments Inc.
Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc.

Special Exhibition “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Exhibits Approx. 60 prototype lenses
Sample photos

Celebrating 100,000 visitors

Achieved July 7, 2018

New Movies at the Museum Theater

Screening from May 14, 2018
Additional movie Testuro Goto Interview ① Nikon space cameras that contributed to space
Tetsuro Goto Interview ② Special Cameras for the Adventurer Naomi Uemura
Testuro Goto Interview ③ Special Nikon Camera for Author Seicho Matsumoto

Special Exhibition “100 Years of Nikon Binoculars”

Dates July 3, 2018 – September 29, 2018
Exhibits Approx. 300 binoculars
Product brochures
Women’s dresses
Cooperation The National Museum of Nature and Science
Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin

Special Exhibition “Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR — a Genealogy of the World’s Highest Resolution Lenses”

Dates April 3, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Exhibitions About 40 lenses including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses
About 40 electronic devices

Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”

Dates January 5, 2018 – March 31, 2018
Exhibits Over 60 photos
Movies including a special interview
Movies of new photographs
Photo equipment, etc.

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

Dates October 3, 2017 – December 27, 2017
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

Dates July 24, 2017
Major changes Hands-on corner
Telephoto lenses and prototypes
Brochure library
The history of Nikon survey instruments
Audio guide service
Staff uniforms

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

Dates July 4, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Exhibits 24 photographs, interviews, and more
Cooperation Joseph McNally Studio
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin

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 Holdings 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
  • “SNOW DAY”
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”