In the Nikon Museum, we present exhibits about the history, products and technologies of Nikon’s various businesses. We hope that you gain an appreciation of the aspirations that Nikon has continued to pursue since its foundation, and for how Nikon has evolved.

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A Century at Nikon

Upon entering the museum, you will see images of Nikon’s 100 year history presented on a curved wall. These give a broad overview of Nikon's history, from its foundation to the present day.


Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot

This 130cm long glass ingot is a symbol of the Nikon Museum. Visitors are permitted to touch it. It is an embodiment of Nikon’s optical material manufacturing technologies. We hope that you appreciate its size, beauty and technological value.



This theater presents a movie about the history and spirit of Nikon that has spanned 100 years. Created together with a symphonic suite composed especially for Nikon's 100th anniversary, the movie depicts Nikon's first 100 years and its visions for the future.


Universe of Nikon

An impressive interactive image zone where you can experience Nikon's technologies and products. Using an image control ball in the center of the zone, you can see the world in various scales from nanometers to outer space.


Lens Laboratory

The Lens Laboratory for both children and adults gives you hands-on experience in learning such basic knowledge as the characteristics of light and lenses as well as lens design. This space also lets you experience the performance of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.



In this display, you can see about 450 items, from the Nikon Model I to digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses. You can also enjoy a "Hands-on Corner", where you can handle SLR film cameras from various generations. In addition, in the "Brochure Library", you can view brochures of Nikon products on a specially designed monitor.


Valuable and rare cameras, such as the Nikon Model I and Hansa Canon, are also displayed at the Nikon Museum. There is no other place in the world where such a large range of Nikon cameras and lenses is displayed.


Feature Showcase

Here, unique Nikon products and technologies are categorized and displayed based on five themes. You will see some aspects of Nikon you may never have seen before, such as press cameras, camera prototypes and design concepts.


Spirit of Nikon

This exhibit displays items that symbolize the technical heritage and “DNA” of Nikon, categorized under various themes. We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.


Nikon in Motion

Here, you will be shown a video titled “Made by Nikon”, featuring the dynamic attitudes of Nikon employees from around the world, in a space surrounded by historic lenses.



This exhibit displays the progress of our industrial equipment and technologies. Here we introduce Nikon products and technologies that contribute to various industries, such as Semiconductor Lithography Systems, FPD Lithography Systems, measurement and inspection instruments, and encoders.


Semiconductor lithography systems are considered “the most precise equipment in history”. We display the “NSR-1505G2A”, an early model of the Nikon semiconductor lithography system, which is registered as Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo. In this unprecedented exhibition, you can actually operate an exhibited lithography system and stage.


Bioscience and Medical Imaging

This exhibit introduces Nikon’s activities in the healthcare and medical fields. Through videos and displays of actual equipment, you can learn about the advances in Nikon microscopes, various products used in the latest developments in the medical field, and Nikon's challenges in even newer areas of medical technology.


iPS cells are a major focus in the field of regenerative medicine. Here we show the BioStation CT Cell Culture Observation System, which is utilized in iPS cell research. The N-SIM Super Resolution Microscope, which achieves double the resolution of conventional optical microscopes, is also displayed.



Nikon continuously contributes to space observation and development. Here we explain such activities using panels and models, from astronomical observation devices to optical probes mounted on satellites.