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Museum Late: Journey to Japan

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Museum Late: Journey to Japan

Museum Late: Journey to Japan

Join us for an evening celebrating the museums’ significant and fascinating Japanese collection.

This special evening event transports you to the heart of Japanese culture, inspired by our founders’ travels. Explore the museum in the evening, get hands-on with museum objects, and immerse yourself in the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Japan.

Traditional Japanese Music – we are delighted to be joined by Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister, who will be playing traditional Japanese music on the koto in the Main Hall.

Discovering Obon – our event falls in the middle of the Japanese Obon Festival, a celebration of ancestors. Find out more about this special festival.

Object Handling – get up close and personal with Japanese objects from the museum collection, and have a chance to handle these fascinating artefacts

Japanese Gardens – find out more from our Japanese Garden expert Caps Browning-Smith about the Victorian fashion for Japanese garden design.

Merton and Annie in Japan – explore the stories of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes’ journey to Japan in 1885.

Highlights of the Japanese collection – discover more about the Japanese collection, from spectacular Buddhist shrines to delicately sculpted netsuke.

Traditions of Theatre and Performance – using our Japanese objects we reveal some of the stories of traditional theatre and performance, including Noh Theatre, Kabuki, and folk music traditions.

And more, to be announced soon…

6.00pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 15 August 2024





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15th August 24 - 15th August 24

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The majority of programming of this event is within areas of the historic house and galleries that are accessible. Some minor elements of the event may take place upstairs, which is accessed via stairs only.

Please note that once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged, refunded or returned unless the event is cancelled, moved to another date, or details of the event are significantly changed after a ticket has been purchased.

Please be aware that our main exhibition A Painter in Paris will not be open during this event.

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