A Borderless World – Tips on visiting teamLab Borderless Museum

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  • TeamLab opened their own teamLab Borderless Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo back in the summer of 2018. The exhibition taking place in the 10,000 sqm Mori Building features endless and beautifully convoluted interactive digital art. The exhibition will remain permanent and is located in Odaiba’s Palette Town on the second floor next to the ferris wheel. In order to visit, it in recommended to get your tickets beforehand from their website as it in very crowded during weekends or holidays. The museum opens from 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. on weekdays and closes until 9 P.M. on weekends and holidays. Checkout their website for more information on how to get there and special hours as they may change depending on the day. If you live in Japan or will be visiting, this museum is a must-see experience you will not be able to duplicate — even teamLab says that “no two visits will be the same!”

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    The museum is indeed very true to its name as there are no borders in the museum and no definite routes because its purpose is for you to create your own tour around the five sections of the place. The museum features the following sections: Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps and the En Tea house. Each section has their own method of interaction and the lights and sounds move with the people and are unique to the audience’s participation. The movement of the art is distinct and specific to your presence and your surroundings; no lights or sounds are ever played continuously as the museum’s technology is based on “smart learning.”

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    All in all, the museum’s adaptability and extraordinary exhibits create a personal experience that will have you in awe at the endless possibilities of creativity and design. Just as the museum is borderless, so is your life and where you decide to go. You can take yourself anywhere by simply exploring all that is around you. Never be afraid of where your borderless mind can take you! And remember, no one’s experience will ever be the same as your own.

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    Below are a few tips to consider before visiting the museum:

    1. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and not to wear high heels, sandals, wooden clogs, or other unsteady footwear as some exhibits could be punctured by the sole of your shoe and others feature uneven and unsteady floors.

    2. Many exhibits have mirror floors so it is best to avoid skirts or dresses that will expose you in these areas. However, do not fret, as these exhibits may provide a wrap skirt for your comfort.

    3. The museum gets very busy so make sure to get your tickets before traveling to Odaiba to secure your entry. Also, make sure to stay hydrated and dress appropriately for the weather as the line to get in could get long.

    4. You will spend a few hours in this museum as it is very intricate and interesting. I recommend having a meal beforehand if you haven’t in order to experience the museum at its fullest because once you leave, there is no re-entry.

    5. If you are using a wheelchair or crutches be wary that you will not be able to enter some exhibits for your safety and other exhibits require you to take stairs. Wheelchair users may be asked to wait outside as the entry for them is limited.

    6. Remember that the facility is dark, may have unpredictable floor surfaces, and can feature bright flashing lights and loud noises. Be aware of those around you and of the people who accompanied you to the museum (especially children) in order to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.

    7. At last, make sure to take it all in and follow the staff’s instructions!

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