Modeled on the Japanese certification of "Living National Treasure," the French equivalent, called "Maitre d' Art" or "Master of Art," was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world introducing one artist from each of the fifteen fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feather, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations.


The Living Treasures of France


Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan


Tuesday, September 12 - Sunday, November 26, 2017


Tokyo National Museum, NHK Promotions Inc., The Asahi Shimbun, HEART & crafts

With the Support of

French Ministry of Culture, French Embassy / Institut français du Japon

Under the High Partronage of

Bettencourt Schueller Foundation

With the Sponsorship of

Van Cleef & Arpels, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

With the Cooperation of

National Institute of Arts and Crafts,
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., TAKEO Co., Ltd., Pierre Hermé Paris, J-WAVE, Redactik, Loupi


Hélène Kelmachter


Lina Ghotmeh

Technical Design Support

Yatsu Chahal Architects Co., Ltd

Technical Adviser

Hiroshi Yoshino Architects


9:30 - 17:00

  • * Until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and November 2
  • * Until 18:00 on September 17, September 18 and September 24
  • * Until 22:00 on September 22 and September 23
  • * Last entry 30 minutes before closing


Mondays, Tuesday, September 19

  • * Except for Monday, September 18 and Monday, October 9


Adults: 1,400 (1,200/1,100) yen

University students: 1,000 (800/700) yen

High school students: 600 (400/300) yen

Junior high school students and under: Free

  • * Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
  • * Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
  • * Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from July 1, 2017 to September 11, 2017.

General Inquiries

03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)