About the Tokugawa Art Museum
Appeal of the Tokugawa Art Museum
The Tokugawa Art Museum houses over 10,000 artifacts, with the bequests of Ieyasu Tokugawa comprising the core, and holds daimyō family treasures collected and inherited by many generations of the Lords of Owari, starting with Ieyasu’s ninth son, Yoshinao Tokugawa. The collection includes 9 National Treasures, including the Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls, and 59 items designated as Important Cultural Properties. The museum takes great pride in the rich variety, quality and level of preservation of its collection.
Membership System & Activity Support Funding
The Tokugawa Art Museum is actively seeking to raise supporting funds to maintain, develop and further enhance museum activities. Various membership systems are also in place to cultivate members’ knowledge and appreciation of art and artworks, regularly offering seminars, courses, research presentations, gallery concerts and more.
Supporter’s Association Membership
The Supporter’s Association Membership System aims to maintain and further develop the museum’s activities, as well as to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of art and history among the members, through exhibitions, seminars, research presentations, courses, gallery concerts, and other events and activities.
“Friends of the Museum” Membership
The purpose of the “Friends of the Museum” Membership System is to enhance members’ appreciation of art and artwork through repeated visits to the Museum.
The Tokugawa Art Museum Volunteers Association was established along with the opening of the Museum’s new wing in October, 1987. The association aims to enhance the Museum’s activities, offering free volunteer guide services for visitors, while concurrently deepening understanding and appreciation of art and culture among the volunteers themselves. Volunteers conduct their activities on a rotational basis once or twice monthly.
Guide to Activity Supporting Funding
The Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation (a publically incorporated foundation) was established in 1931 by the 19th head of the Owari Tokugawa Family, Yoshichika Tokugawa, and operates the Tokugawa Art Museum. It also operates the Tokugawa Institute for the History of Forestry, which conducts education and research, as well as engaging in work for preservation, exhibition and publication concerning the treasures and documents inherited from generation to generation in the Owari Tokugawa Family.