Unfortunate living things exhibition at Sayama Museum

Information for the Summer Exhibition at Sayama City Museum “Unfortunate Living Things”.

Unfortunate Living Things Exhibition

The Sayama Municipal Museum is known for its kid friendly exhibitions. Particularly in the spring they tend to have exhibitions that kids not only enjoy, but really want to go to. This past spring their “Trick Art” exhibition was excellent. It would be hard to follow that with something as equally entertaining. However, the summer exhibitions are generally quite good too. But in 2023 the summer exhibition is “Unfortunate Living Things”. It is the second collaboration with “Zannenna Ikimono Encyclopedia. The first one, “Unfortunate Insects” was on in the summer of 2019 and unfortunately we personally found quite lacking.


The workshops are usually quite good at the exhibitions. They include sand art and animal magnets. It is advised to inquire about them when you enter the museum, because they will give you a participation ticket. The number of participants each day is limited. The workshops are on weekends, public holidays and from August 15th to 17th. In addition, there is an origami exhibition at Unfortunate Living Things, where children can make zoo animals out of origami.


Sayama Municipal Museum

Sayama Municipal Museum is a medium sized museum in Inariyama Park in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. On the upper floor there is a permanent exhibition room. They use the hall on the first floor and part of the second floor for the travelling exhibits. They have several exhibitions during the year. The one in the summer tends to cater to children.

Summer Exhibition 2023: Unfortunate Living Things

Date: from Saturday July 1st to Sunday September 3rd 2023.

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, last entry to the museum at 4.30 pm. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays.

Cost: The entrance fee to the museum went up during the pandemic. It now costs 300 yen per adult. There is no charge for children, but the workshops cost between 200 and 400 yen per person.

Official exhibition event information (Japanese language)


The museum is a 3 minute walk from the Inariyama kouen station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. You can also get a bus from the west exit of the Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama City Station to Inariyama Park and walk to the museum.

If you are coming by car; the museum is about fifteen minutes from the Sayama Interchange of the Ken-o expressway or 20 minutes from the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.  The museum and the restaurant share parking and it is free. Spaces are quite limited in the car park beside the museum, so it is not uncommon to have to wait for a parking space to come free.  However, you can also use the park’s car park and walk over.

Previous exhibitions at Sayama Museum: Sayama De Yokai in summer of 2022, The Beauty of Japanese Swords, January to February 2020, Exploring the Dinosaur Era from teeth in the summer of 2021, Cardboard exhibition, Trick Art Exhibition x 2, “Unfortunate Insects” (summer 2019), to name but a few.


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