Did you know that there’s a particular cutting-edge museum hidden inside the KITTE Department Store in Tokyo? The small historical museum Intermediatheque, jointly run by the University of Tokyo and Japan Post, contains several antiquities and specimens that the university has accumulated since the 19th century. Due to its unusual location, it is often referred to as a “hidden curiosity cabinet.”
Intermediatheque (IMT) is located within the JP Tower in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district. The museum showcases permanent exhibits about scientific and cultural heritage accumulated by the University of Tokyo since 1877.
Moreover, the museum holds certain educational programs and events; and brings together different aspects of life such as geography, mathematics, archaeology, biology, engineering, anatomy, modern art, etc.
Yoshiaki Nishino is the museum director of Intermediatheque.
One of Intermediatheque’s past special exhibitions was “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes.” Held from December 12, 2017, to April 8, 2018, the exhibit focused on the design of the earliest stone tools discovered in Ethiopia.
Intermediatheque is a kid-friendly museum, as they have an educational program for school children called “Academic Adventure.” Although only conducted in Japanese, this activity allows students to learn more about the exhibits in the museum. The museum also holds several seminars, lectures, and workshops in conjunction with their special exhibitions.
Intermediatheque is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day except Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, it will be closed on Tuesday), and admission to the museum is free (last admission at 5:30 PM).
You can easily access it from the Marunouchi Exit of Tokyo Station. Just look to your left and you’ll be able to see the entrance to KITTE after a few minutes’ walk. The entrance to the museum is on the second floor.
The museum also has a boutique on the third floor, where you can buy original IMT products.
Intermediatheque is a unique museum that has a dynamic approach to artistic expression. Come and visit it when you are in Tokyo!