Special Exhibitions

Nikon Museum holds uniquely-themed special exhibitions relating to Nikon products and projects.

Current Event


Special Exhibition “Astronomical Telescopes, Our Guides to the Beauty of Stars”

Dates: March 2, 2021 (Tue) – July 21, 2021 (Wed)

Nikon Museum holds the “Astronomical Telescopes, Our Guides to the Beauty of Stars” from March 2, 2021 to July 21, 2021.

Since the establishment of the company, Nikon had been producing approximately 40 astronomical telescope models, from small-diameter to large-size models installed in astronomical observatories, and supported the activities of astronomy enthusiasts and advancements in astronomy. Today, Nikon Vision, a group company of Nikon, provides eyepiece lenses for astronomical telescopes whose superior optical performance ensures superior astronomical observation. The astronomical telescope is an essential part of Nikon’s history.

This exhibition includes valuable materials such as the 3-inch Telescope, the first astronomical telescope released by Nikon (Nippon Kogaku at that time) in 1920, ten astronomical telescope models with diameters smaller than 10 cm, objective lenses for the 8-inch Equatorial Refractor, delivered in 1931 to the National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo Science Museum at that time), which introduced the attraction of space to more than 5 million people for over 70 years, and pre-war era product brochures. Astronomical photographs taken by current and former Nikon group employees are also presented.

Exhibits Ten astronomical telescope models
Objective lens for 8-inch Equatorial Refractor
Astronomical photographs taken by current and former Nikon group employees
Other exhibits

Past Events

Special Exhibition “Nikon Museum Special Collection 2”

Dates September 29, 2020 – February 27, 2021
Exhibits Approximately 60 items including cameras, measuring instruments and industrial equipment
Underwater photographs taken using “NIKONOS” series

Special Exhibition “Taizo Ichinose, the Reality of War, the People Who Live Within the Smoke of Gunpowder”

Dates January 6, 2020 – September 26, 2020
Exhibits Approximately 40 photos taken in battlefields in Cambodia and Vietnam
Approximately 15 mementos including a Nikon F camera, a press armband, a helmet and autographed letters
Supervisor Kyoko Nagafuchi
Cooperation Takeo City Library, Takeo City Library and History Museum

Special Exhibition “Memories of Railways, 1969–1976, in cooperation with the Nagoya Rail Archives”

Dates October 1, 2019 – December 26, 2019
Exhibits Approximately 180 railway photos
Railway- related materials including tickets and time tables
Cooperation Incorporated non-profit organization Nagoya Rail Archives

Special Exhibition “Photographing the Wonder of Science”

Dates July 2, 2019 – September 28, 2019
Exhibits Approximately 20 scientific photos taken by Kunio Ichiji

Special Exhibition “Nikon Museum Special Collection”

Dates April 2, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Exhibits Approx. 30 items including cameras, measuring instruments and industrial equipment
“EYES OF SCIENCE” movie

Special Exhibition “Rokuro Yoshida Photo Exhibition — Snow Crystals”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Exhibits 60 photos of snow crystals
Movie “Observation of Snow and Crystals” (1960, Toei)
Commentary panels explaining the formation and classification of snow crystals, etc.
Large photo panels
Arrangement Mr. Akifumi Yoshida
Cooperation Toei Company
The Nakaya Ukichiro Foundation
The Ukichiro Nakaya Museum of Snow And Ice
Dr. Akira Yamashita, Emeritus Professor of Osaka Kyoiku University
The late Dr. Keiji Higuchi, Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University, and his family

Special Exhibition “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Exhibits Approx. 60 prototype lenses
Sample photos

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

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 Holdings 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
Exhibits
  • “WAVES OF MOUNTAINS”
  • “SNOW DAY”
  • “WHITE PEAK”
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”