The name of the museum, "Sen-oku" (泉屋), is a reference to the trade name "Izumiya" used by the Sumitomo family during the Edo period (1603-1868), when the family was engaged in copper smelting.
The word "fountain(Izumi)" has been used as a symbol of Sumitomo. The history of the character "fountain" can be traced back to the Chinese bronze inscriptions on ancient Chinese bronze vessels, which are representative of the museum's collection. The shape of the inscription is a representation of water gushing out of a rock pit and flowing out widely.
The Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum Tokyo (formerly the Sen-oku hakukokan Museum, Tokyo, hereafter referred to as "the Museum") opened in October 2002 on the site of the former Azabu villa of the Sumitomo family in Roppongi 1-chome, Tokyo, as a branch of the Sen-oku hakukokan Museum (Shishigatani, Kyoto). Over the past 18 years, the museum has organized exhibitions introducing modern paintings, crafts, and tea ceremony utensils from the museum collection, as well as special exhibitions in Tokyo of masterpieces from the Sumitomo Collection housed in the Kyoto Main Museum, thus continuing activities that take advantage of the synergy between the East and West museums.
The museum will enter a period of extended closure for renovation after the "Kinbun" exhibition ends at the end of 2019, with construction beginning on April 1, 2020. Construction proceeded smoothly while taking adequate measures against new coronavirus infection, and was completed in September 2021.
|Address||1-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|Business Hour*1||11:00 to 18:00 (Admission until 17:30) *Open until 19:00 on Fridays (admission until 18:30)|
|Closed*2||Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, the museum is closed on the following weekday) , During exhibition changeover period, year-end and New Year's holidays|
|Genre*3||Ceramics, Paintings, Japanese paintings, Archaeological art, Antiques, Western paintings|
|Entrance Fee*4||Adults ¥1,000 , high school and university students ¥600, junior high school students and younger free of charge; group discount for 20 or more (adults 800 yen, high school and university students ¥500) Free of charge for those with a disability certificate.Admission fees are subject to change depending on the exhibition.|
|Access*5||Roppongi 1-chome station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, in front of the north ticket gate, 3 minutes walk from Izumi Garden 1st floor exit via outdoor escalator, 10 minutes walk from Kamiyacho Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), Exit 4b 10 minutes walk from exit 13 of Tameike-Sanno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Namboku Lines.|
|*1 The last day of an exhibition or event may end early. *2 There are also end-of-year and temporary closures *3 Blanks refer to all genres. *4 Admission prices may vary depending on the event. Check for senior citizens, children and group discounts.*5 The times shown are approximate.|