Japan Society Gallery is among the premier institutions in the U.S. for the exhibition of Japanese art. Extending in scope from prehistory to the present, the Gallery’s exhibitions since 1971 have covered topics as diverse as classical Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, contemporary photography and ceramics, samurai swords, export porcelain, and masterpieces of painting from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. Each exhibition, with its related catalogue and public programs, is a unique cultural event that illuminates familiar and unfamiliar fields of art.

Current Exhibition

Other Programs

Teppei Kaneuji "White Discharge (Built-up Objects #36)


A series of year-long art projects aimed at bringing visual art and interactive experiences into the institution's public spaces.

Japanese Textiles: New Perspectives

Japanese Textiles: New Perspectives

Elizabeth Wilson, co-founder and owner of Asiatica, in discussion with Thomas Murray, author of the recently published Textiles of Japan. Moderated by Dr. Monika Bincsik of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Past Exhibitions

Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics


From Here to There

Thursday, September 24 — Thursday, January 21

See a full list of past exhibitions at Japan Society.

Private Virtual Tour

Private Virtual Tour

Private Virtual Tour

Take an immersive, multimedia tour of the exhibition led by a Japan Society docent. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series

Spotlight is a new online series that highlights artists and their practices through featured studio tours, live demos, Q&As, and more, exclusively for Japan Society members.


A complimentary downloadable digital catalogue with full color images, and commissioned drawings and design by artist Nathan Antolik.

Download the digital catalogue

View All Japan Society Catalogues

Visitor Information

Gallery Hours:
Thursday—Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM, with timed tickets
Closed Monday—Wednesday and on major holidays.

Please Note: 11 AM—12 PM on Thursdays and Fridays are reserved for members and high-risk vulnerable populations only.

Timed Tickets:
$12/$10 students and seniors
Free Admission from March 11—March 28, courtesy of the Takenaka Corporation - first come, first serve, with advance timed ticket reservations
Free Admission always for members, patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant
  Private Virtual Tours:
Upon request
Take an immersive, multimedia tour of the exhibition led by a Japan Society docent. Two weeks advance request recommended.
Pricing: flat rate (up to 40 people) for adults ($150); University students and seniors ($100)

Student Group Tours:
K-12 school groups can schedule virtual gallery tours for an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Become a Docent

Volunteer docents attend four training programs per year on Japanese art topics related to our gallery exhibitions, and commit to leading a minimum of two tours per month. If you are interested in volunteering at the Gallery, please email

Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Masako H. Shinn, Raphael and Jane Bernstein, Friends of the Gallery, and an anonymous donor. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Gallery.

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