Beads in the World

National Museum of Ethnology Collection

November 15(Tue.), 2022-January 15(Sun.), 2023

Wedding clothes for a woman(South Africa)

Beads are one of the oldest decorative objects humankind has created, produced by making holes in various materials and connecting them with thread or something similar. Masks, costumes, ornaments and dolls were made in many parts of the world incorporating beads made from a variety of materials, including clay, stone and glass.
This exhibition will feature a large collection of beads from the world over, from ancient times to the present day, mainly from the collection of the National Museum of Ethnology. Through their beautiful and sometimes powerful charms, you will have an opportunity to grasp the differences and diversity of the planet’s environments, cultures and histories.
Come enjoy the world of beads, which expands infinitely from a single bead.


Duration November 15(Tue.), 2022-January 15(Sun.), 2023
AdmissionGeneral: ¥800 (¥640)
University Students:¥640 (¥510)
High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older:¥400 (¥320)
Elementary/Junior-High-School Students:¥100 (¥80)

*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMondays (except for January 9), November 24(Thu.), December 29(Thu.) to January 3(Tue.), January 10(Tue.).