Even for the most avid museum nerds, a traditional museum format can start to feel a bit repetitive. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing displays were more interactive, this digital art museum in Tokyo might be right up your alley. The MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo’s Odaiba district combines art, science, technology, design, and images of the natural world with computer-generated simulations. It’s the largest museum in the world dedicated to digital, interactive art, and its main draw is being “borderless” — breaking down all barriers between the artwork and visitors.
The museum is composed of five connected zones: the “Borderless World” is an interactive digital landscape, including digitized waterfalls; the “Athletics Forest” is meant to reflect the brain’s spatial recognition abilities; the “Future Park” is a children’s park with imaginative games and activities; the “Forest of Lamps” is a place where visitors are engulfed by hundreds of colorful lamps; and the “En Tea House” is where guests can sip cups of tea and are encouraged to converse, while augmented reality makes digital flowers bloom inside their cups.
At roughly $21 per adult ticket, this museum might seem expensive, but that’s linked to the high cost of creating the art. Note that thanks to the digitized nature of the exhibits, they will be constantly changing and evolving, so visitors can return to the museum again and again for an entirely new experience.