Matsumoto City Museum
The Matsumoto City Museum of Art was inaugurated in April 2002 and is a paradise for contemporary art. The entrance in itself is quite striking given the colourful installation by celebrated local artist Yayoi Kusama. Centred around the themes of Communication, Learning, Representation and Appreciation, this museum features maestros from Matsumoto along with those whose works have derived inspiration from the Japanese Alps. The museum is a 10 minute walk from the Matsumoto Station and is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is around 400 Yen.
Mori Art Museum
Situated on the 52nd and 53rd floor of the affluent Mori Tower, the Mori Art Museum displays the best of the contemporary art scene of Japan. This is one of the few places in Tokyo, where the view outside is as good as the view inside. Holding solo shows as well as other themed exhibitions, this museum has given space to a lot of famous artists. There are no permanent displays here, but a rotation of exhibitions by famous contemporary artists. After you are done with the galleries, head to the sky deck. A breathtaking view of Tokyo awaits you there!
No matter how hard of a robot heart you are I think the coziness and warmth of the inside of the museum will bring out the child's fascination and imagination in you. Exploring felt more like exploring a hidey hole of treasures.. the kind I used to read about in children's books.. that held magical secrets and mysterious passageways to other worlds (note i used the word explore to describe a museum visit). That actually does describe Studio Ghibli films anyway. The wonderful worlds created through the films and the stories that leave such an impact on whoever watches it.