Everyone from adults to children can enjoy

An art museum that everyone can enjoy. It is a place where you can freely feel, discover, and experience various things with pictures, words, images, and three-dimensional objects. Two exhibitions are held at the same time, a “permanent exhibition” that introduces famous picture book artists for one year and a “special exhibition” that features artists and special themes from a unique perspective. At PLAY! SHOP and PLAY! CAFE, you will find many original products and menus related to the exhibitions.

Special Exhibition
“Alone Together” of Arnold Lobel

Opening Permanent Exhibition
Eric Carle: Book to Play

An exhibition by Eric Carle, the world’s best-selling author known as “Very Hungry Caterpillar”. From the perspective of a picture book as a “toy”, exhibition gallery will be filled with original illustrations of picture books, biographies, video to approach the essence of the artist. This exhibition is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States.

Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, Courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. © 1969, 1987 Eric Carle.


Encountering the Unknown

PLAY! PARK, which opens in Tachikawa, Tokyo, is not a playground with readymade playground equipment and toys. The theme is “Encountering the Unknown.” Architects and creators participate to develop and produce original large-sized playground equipment, which people have never seen nor understood well, and nor known how to play it. Children can think and play for themselves and learn from it.

The venue is divided into seven zones, including “large and small dishes”, “factory”, “gallery” and “kitchen”. In addition to providing large-sized playground equipment, unique programs for manufacturing, food, sound, etc., provide “meeting with the unknown,” and a place where adults can enjoy playing with children in a comfortable environment.


Midoricho 3-1, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
5 minutes from JR Tachikawa Station on foot
(Google map)
MUSEUM 042-518-9625
PARK 042-568-0427
Open hours
MUSEUM 10:00-18:00
PARK 10:00-18:00

No closed days
except for replacement of exhibitions, year-end and New Year holidays


Adults: ¥ 1,500 / ¥ 1,000*
College student: ¥ 1,000 / ¥ 600*
High school student: ¥ 800 / ¥ 500*
Junior high school and primary school: ¥ 500 / ¥ 300*

  • No advanced ticket
  • Free for preschoolers
  • Special discount for those who live or study in Tachikawa City*
  • Half price for those who present the Handbook for Persons with Disabilities and one assistant
  • You can see two exhibitions, “Special Exhibition” and “Permanent Exhibition”
  • Includes giveaway
  • Photos and videos can be taken at all venues for personal use

It depends on the date and time. Please check the event details page.