Feature Exhibition 5F

Memories of the City: A Thirty Thousand Year History of Tokyo

 Exhibition Outline

Modern-day Tokyo is built atop thousands—and tens of thousands—of years of history. The Paleolithic era, during which traces of human life have been found in this area, dates back more than 30,000 years. It’s a long time to imagine, but the ways in which people lived and aspects of society in the past have been identified by ruins discovered in the process of urban development, as well as precious materials handed down from person to person over the years.

Since its opening in 1993, the Edo-Tokyo Museum has dedicated itself to sharing the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo: however, from April 2022, large-scale renovation works will commence at the Museum. Before this temporary close, we will take the opportunity to reflect back on the history of the city we live in, from the Paleolithic era to the present day.


 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, December 5, 2021

Location: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Permanent Exhibition, 5th Floor Feature Exhibition Room (1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Phone: 03-3626-9974 (switchboard)

  • 3-minute walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line
  • 1-minute walk from A3 or A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line
  • Toei bus: 錦27, 両28, 門33, 墨38 bus routes
    Sumida City circulation bus “Sumida Hyakkei Sumimarukun / Sumirinchan (Southern Route)”
    Get off at “Toei Ryogoku Eki-mae (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)” and walk 3 minutes.


Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Saturday:to 7:30 pm) *Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed: Mondays (however, exhibition will be open September 20), Tuesday September 21


*The permanent exhibition admission fee applies for this exhibition.

Admission fee (incl. tax)
General 600 yen
University & technical school students 480 yen
Junior high school students (from outside Tokyo), high school students, those aged 65 years and older 300 yen
Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo) or younger Free of charge


*College, high school, or junior high school students will need to present a student ID card. Visitors aged 65 years or more will need to present proof of age.


*The permanent exhibition admission fee is free (for this exhibition) in the following cases. Preschool children. Anyone who has a physical disability certificate, intellectual disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental health and welfare certificate, or an official designation as an atomic bomb survivor, as well as their attending caregivers (up to two people).


*Please be aware that the exhibition period, opening hours, admission fees, and various discount services may change depending on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the latest information on the Museum’s website before visiting.


*We recommend you make an advance reservation online using the ASOVIEW service, which we have recently introduced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to purchase an electronic ticket for a specified date and time (external site).