Entrance fees vary depending on the exhibition and performance
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is an art museum focused on photography. The museum was founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and is located in Meguro-ku, a short walk from Ebisu station in southwest Tokyo. The museum also has a movie theater.
The museum nicknames itself «Syabi» (pronounced shabi.).
The museum opened in a temporary building in 1990 and moved to its current building in Yebisu Garden Place in 1995. At that time, it was one of the first photography galleries in Japan not to be dedicated to the works of a single photographer. Most of the exhibitions since then have been themed rather than devoted to a single photographer, but exhibitions have been dedicated to such photographers of the past as Berenice Abbott (1990) and Tadahiko Hayashi (1993–94), and also to living photographers including Martin Parr (2007) and Hiromi Tsuchida (2008).
In order to appeal to children as well as adults, the gallery holds exhibitions of anime and video games.