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

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

Dates: April 3, 2018 (Tue) – June 30, 2018 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR — a Genealogy of the World’s Highest Resolution Lenses” from April 3 to June 30, 2018.

Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses were developed in 1960s by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) especially for use in the production of transistors and ICs. They evolved into projection lenses for semiconductor lithography systems, considered “the most precise equipment in history”, and contribute greatly to the semiconductor industry.

About 40 lenses are on display in this exhibition, including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses, their forerunners the Printing NIKKOR lenses, and projection lenses for semiconductor lithography systems, illustrating the progress and evolution of such lenses.
Lens performance testing systems are also exhibited, including the system for testing the Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR 29.5mm F1.2, which had the world’s highest resolution at the time of its launch in 1964.

Furthermore, under the corner title “The History of Electronic Devices and Semiconductors”, radios, calculators, game machines, mobile phones, word processors and other devices that developed alongside such semiconductors as the transistors produced in the 1960s, ICs and LSIs in the 1970s and system LSIs in the 2000s are displayed. Viewing such nostalgic electronic devices lets you can experience the evolution of semiconductors.

Exhibitions About 40 lenses including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses
About 40 electronic devices
Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR 29.5mm F1.2, which had the world’s highest resolution when it was launched.
The latest large scale projection lenses for semiconductor lithography systems are also on display.

Past Events

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”