Ebisu / Naka-Meguro,Tokyo
A museum where you can enjoy contemporary sculpture in the sleek, hexagonal main building and the four outdoor exhibition areas.
The Museum of Contemporary Sculpture was built on the grounds of Chosenin Temple, a religious corporation, as a part of its proselytization activities. The museum houses 250 sculptures by 57 contemporary sculptors, most of whom are Japanese sculptors from the second half of the 20th century and later. One of the features of the museum is that visitors can actually touch and feel most of the artworks. You can appreciate the artworks through touch, and not just with your eyes. The museum consists of an impressive hexagonal main building with indoor exhibition space, and four outdoor exhibition areas that include the bronze garden with a staircase and the stone sculpture exhibition space with an impressive stone gate. They hold seasonal exhibitions of the permanent collection, private exhibitions and special exhibitions of young artists. The admission is free but you must sign in at the entrance. Take the Tokyu bus for Sangen-jaya from JR Meguro station and get off at the Shizen-en stop. It is a 3-minute walk from the bus stop.