Nikon Museum holds uniquely themed special exhibitions and events relating to Nikon products and businesses.
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
|Cooperation||The National Museum of Nature and Science
Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin
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 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)
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
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
The history of Nikon survey instruments
Audio guide service
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|
|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|