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Ancient Orient Museum

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Address: 3-1-4 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima 170-8630, Tokyo Prefecture
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10:00 - 16:30
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Small with an interesting permanent collection and changing exhibitions

Located on the upper floor of an office-type building, this museum houses a small collection of interesting objects from Egypt and the Ancient Near East. The day we visited, the... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2015
Bob B
Holiday, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

The "Ancient Orient Museum" is poorly named as we discovered. We visited in the hope of seeing more "oriental" exhibits but the vast majority of artefacts on display are from the Middle East and not the Far East. The current exhibition was on calligraphy and few of the items were Japanese or Chinese. There were also a lot of replicas... More 

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Holiday, Florida
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Located on the upper floor of an office-type building, this museum houses a small collection of interesting objects from Egypt and the Ancient Near East. The day we visited, the Egyptian art was on view, but the objects from the Ancient Near East were not because of the special exhibition, Father of Greek Archaeology; Heinrich Schliemann: the First exhibition of... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 18 June 2015

OK, so you are in Tokyo. The world is your oyster. Where do you want to spend your time? If you are on a short visit, then there are other places where your time is better spent. But if you happen to be in the Sunshine City area of Ikebukuro and have an interest in all things Egyptian or Mesopotamian,... More 

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Reviewed 7 October 2014 via mobile

We decided to go here during a typhoon so we could stay out of the wet and cold. It is very small and when we went there was nothing related to the ancient orient at all. It was all south American items on display. I love south America culture but I would expect something from Asia in an ancient orient... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Hard to find Small museum Hardly found original pieces (lot of replicates) But the most desapointing: no english comments, so hard to understand what is about :o( But seemed to be interesting...

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Tama, Japan
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

This museum is in the Sunshine City. It's clean and quiet place but I think it's not a special one. It's not bad if you like oriental culture and have enough time here in Ikebukuro.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Finding this "museum" was a bit of a challenge, but ultimately, it was worth it. (Finding our way back out was another adventure!) Nothing in the collection was ZOMG, but for a provincial Egyptian collection, the presentation was all you could ask for. If you find yourself longing for a moment out of Tokyo, you can step into an Egyptian... More 

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