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

New Movies at the Museum Theater

Screening from November 1, 2018 (Thu)

Nikon will begin screening the new movie series “Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople”. The first episode, “Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5” will be screened at the Nikon Museum’s theater from November 1, 2018.

The series focuses on skilled professionals and the Nikon products that support their work. The movies in the series will be released sequentially and cover a variety of fields where Nikon products such as stereo microscopes, binoculars and measuring instruments play vital roles.

For the first movie, we interviewed a watchmaker who produces high-grade mechanical watches such as the Grand Seiko. The movie explains the elaborate assembly and adjustment necessary to produce such highly precise instruments, and introduces the Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5 that has for many years been a vital element in this production process.

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 (Tue) – December 27, 2018 (Thu)

Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera” from October 2 to December 27, 2018.

In this exhibition, Nikon will exhibit approximately 60 prototypes of interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras produced from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Each prototype was developed to test and verify new designs, functions and mechanics, and embodies the hard work and dedication of the developers. However, since many such prototypes were destroyed after testing, there have been few opportunities to exhibit them to the general public. This is a very rare exhibition and includes prototype lenses that never reached the mass production stage.

Nikon will also exhibit photos taken by combinations of the 10 prototype lenses and the new Nikon Z 7 full-frame mirrorless camera released on August 23. You can experience the imaging capability of these prototype lenses by viewing photos taken with Nikon’s latest mirrorless camera.

Exhibits Approx. 60 prototype lenses
Sample photos
A Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 prototype is mounted on the Nikon Z 7 via the Mount Adapter FTZ

Celebrating 100,000 visitors.

On July 7, 2018 (Sat), Nikon Museum reached a total of 100,000 visitors.

Nikon Museum was opened in October 2015, to mark Nikon’s 100th anniversary in 2017. The museum saw 100,000 visitors over the more than two years and eight months since its opening. To the family who were the lucky 100,000th visitor, Nikon presented flowers, a Nikon D7500 D-SLR and “Nikon Yokan” (bite-sized sweet jellied dessert) as commemorative gifts.

On July 14, 2018 (Sat), to mark this achievement, Nikon will present a special key chain to the first 100 visitors. Nikon looks forward to welcoming you to the Nikon Museum.

Past Events

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 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
  • “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”