The Edo-Tokyo Museum (]Λ¨Ω, Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) is housed in a unique looking building located in the Ryogoku district. The museum's permanent exhibition vividly illustrates the past of Tokyo (formerly Edo) through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades.
In an interactive way, visitors are able to experience and learn about various aspects of earlier Tokyo, such as the way of life of people, Edo Period architecture, cultural heritage, political climate, commercial situation and more. Through numerous models of towns, figurines and life-sized figures, the museum makes it interesting to find out about how towns were constructed in the past.
The museum also offers many good picture taking opportunities, for example with vehicles and items which were previously used. Voluntary guides speaking in English and other languages are available from 10:00 to 15:00. There is a theater in the museum, at which performances are held on weekends. Programs vary from rakugo (comic story) to koto (13-stringed Japanese zither) performances.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, special exhibitions are held periodically on varying, Tokyo related themes. Furthermore, the museum has a sister museum in the western suburbs of Tokyo, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum, which preserves and exhibits multiple historic buildings.