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Nikon Museum opens its doors to the public in October 2015

The Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015 for the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017

Middle East and Africa– Nikon Middle East FZE is pleased to announce that the Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015, on the second floor of its head office in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan to mark the brand’s 100th anniversary foundation in 2017.

Nikon Museum is the first facility to host and exhibit the history, timelines, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises. The museum’s purpose is to exhibit technologies and traditions from the foundation of Nikon, as well as its innovations and evolution through the years.

Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and has since been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.

The museum will comprise of 580 m2 exhibition space displaying valuable Nikon products including the ‘NSR-1505G2A’ step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, and approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the ‘Nikon Model I’, which was the first Nikon camera released in 1948. The latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported the various innovations in science and industry will also be on display.

Various commemorative goods will be offered in the museum shop, including items limited only to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, and an original packaged Japanese sweet, ‘Nikon Yokan’. Selected online-only items such as tumblers will also be made available.

Exhibition Contents:

• A Century at Nikon
Nikon was founded in 1917 with the aim of establishing an optical industry in Japan that would not be dependent on European technology. We present you a broad overview of Nikon's diverse history from its foundation to the present day.

• Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot
Nikon's integrated manufacturing system that starts with optical materials is a major strength of the company. Our Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot represents the quintessence of optical materials manufacturing technology developed for cutting edge semiconductor lithography systems. This Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot is also the symbol of the Nikon Museum.

• Theater
‘LUX CENTURIAE - A Century of Light’ is a symphonic suite composed by the Japanese composer Kaoru Wada, for Nikon's 100th anniversary. Its four movements consisting of ‘Genesis’, ‘Rebirth’, ‘Breakthrough’, and ‘Ascending’ depict Nikon's first 100 years and its future.

• Universe of Nikon
From high precision measurements in nanometers to outer space measured in light years, Nikon's product line-up spans a remarkably wide range. We invite you to take part in our interactive image zone to experience Nikon's new universe.

• Lens Laboratory
The Lens Laboratory, which was supervised by the Japanese photographer Hideyuki Abe, for both children and adults, gives you hands-on experiences to learn about the characteristics of light and lenses, the basics of lens design, and other topics. This science space also lets you experience the fascinating world of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.

• Spirit of Nikon
We present the roots and spirit of Nikon's first 100 years through the themes ‘Optics as a source’, ‘In pursuit of precision’, ‘Passing on proven skills’, ‘Quality and reliability’, ‘Consistency and innovation’, and ‘The best of the age’. We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.

More information on the exhibition contents is also available online at

Details of Nikon Museum

Location: Shinagawa Intercity Tower C, 2F, 2-15-3, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6290, Japan
Access: 7 minutes’ walk from the Konan Exit of JR Shinagawa Station or 10 minutes’ walk from Keikyu Shinagawa Station
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
Closed: Sundays, Japanese national holidays, and other days determined by the Museum
Admission: Free
Contact number: +81-3-6433-3900 
Fax number: +81-3-6433-3901

About Nikon

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