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

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.

Special Exhibition “100 Years of Nikon Binoculars”

Dates: July 3, 2018 (Tue) – September 29, 2018 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “100 Years of Nikon Binoculars” from July 3 to September 29, 2018.

In this exhibition, a 25 cm binocular telescope that now belongs to the National Museum of Nature and Science and had the largest diameter of any portable practical telescope in the world, 250x magnification, and a total length of approximately 2 meters, will be exhibited for the first time in 50 years. Approximately 300 binoculars will also be exhibited, including Japan’s first commercial binoculars as well as the latest models and product brochures.

Nikon (previously Nippon Kogaku K.K.) has been producing binoculars longer than it has been producing cameras. Nikon started production and sales of binoculars in 1918, the year after its foundation and 100 years ago this year, and Nikon has produced over 700 models during that time. Nikon is the only company in Japan that has continually produced binoculars for over 100 years, so this exhibition will be a very significant event.

Special exhibits: Women’s dresses

Binoculars representative of the period from the 1950s to the 1990s will be exhibited together with women’s dresses that were fashionable during those years, in cooperation with Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin. You can experience the passage of time through the transitions in both fashion design and binoculars.

Exhibits Approx. 300 binoculars
Product brochures
Women’s dresses
Cooperation The National Museum of Nature and Science
Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin
A 25 cm binocular telescope that had the world’s largest diameter in 1939, and other examples of exhibits
Japan’s first commercial prismatic binoculars, the VICTOR 8x20 (1911), produced by the Fujii Lens Factory, one of Nikon’s predecessors

New Movies at the Museum Theater

Screening from May 14, 2018 (Mon)

Nikon Museum has produced three filmed interviews with Nikon Fellow Tetsuro Goto, talking about Nikon special cameras. They will be screened at the Museum Theater as well as the personal viewing area from May 14, 2018.

Tetsuro Goto
Tetsuro Goto joined Nikon in 1973. He was in charge of designing the electrical circuitry of the F3 in the Camera Designing Department. He was product chief for the F5, and directed digital SLR camera and interchangeable lens development until the D3 series. He became a Nikon Fellow in 2009.

Additional movies Testuro Goto Interview ① Nikon space cameras that contributed to space exploration (approximately 14 minutes)
Tetsuro Goto Interview ② Special Cameras for the Adventurer Naomi Uemura (approximately 16 minutes)
Testuro Goto Interview ③ Special Nikon Camera for Author Seicho Matsumoto (approximately 13 minutes)
Scenes from “Testuro Goto Interview”

Past Events

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”