The Summer Exhibition at Sayama City Museum is “Unfortunate Living Things”. I will add information for the event soon.
Information for the spring event
The Trick Art exhibition at Sayama City Museum is back and looks even better than the last one in 2018! 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 year the spring exhibition is no exception. They have a Trick 3D Art exhibition from Saturday March 18th until Sunday May 14th 2023.
Trick Art Exhibition
Sayama Municipal Museum isn’t incredibly big and therefore the trick art exhibition is relatively small. But there are more than enough exhibits for some fun photos. This time around they will have 17 trick 3D art exhibits in which you can take a trick photo. There are also 10 optical illusions on display. Furthermore, you can try an optical illusion movie. In addition, they have information on the role of science and art in optical illusions. They also introduce the history and methodology of optical illusions.
In 2018, my four kids were 8, 7, 5 and 3 years old and really enjoyed posing for the trick photography. I’m looking forward to bringing them back – this time, I think the older two will enjoy taking the photos! Each exhibit has a sign indicating where you should stand to get the optimum optical illusion effect. They really are a lot of fun and you get to create great keepsake photos. Update April 2023: brought the kids, sure enough they loved it!
More detailed information on the museum and cafe:
During the pandemic the workshops were limited. However, they seem to be back during this exhibition. We have participated in these a few times over the years. They are done very well. During the period of the trick art exhibition, they will have workshops on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. They are on between 10.30 am and noon and again between 1.30 and 3 pm. They cost between 200 and 350 yen depending on what craft you are doing.
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.
Spring Exhibition 2023: Trick Art Exhibition
Date: Saturday March 18th until Sunday May 14th 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 if they want to participate in a workshop it costs between 200 and 350 yen per child.
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, “Unfortunate Insects” (summer 2019), to name but a few.
looks like an interesting place for the kids to spend some time!