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Tokyo’s teamLab most visited museum in the world, officially more popular than Van Gogh

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By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

Check out any Tokyo guidebook and one of the top places they’ll recommend to visit are the teamLab art museums. The art museums are popular with locals and tourists alike, and are considered to be some of Tokyo’s most Instagrammable spots.

TeamLab currently has a number of museums dotted around Japan and has even spread to other countries like the U.S., but the one that started it all was the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless, which first opened back in 2018 and was named as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places 2019”. The museum has welcomed huge amounts of visitors, including a number of high-profile international celebrities like Will Smith and Kim Kardashian West.

▼ With picture opportunities like these, even celebrities like Will Smith are fans.

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And if having some of the biggest stars in the world sing your praises wasn’t enough, teamLab’s Borderless now has another feather to add to its cap — a Guinness World Record.

Borderless has been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s Most Visited Museum featuring art by a single group/person. Records show that during 2019, a record-breaking total number of 2,198,284 people visited the art museum. The museum beat out tough competition, including the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands (2,134,778 visitors), the Picasso Museum in Spain (1,072,887 visitors) and the Dali Theatre-Museum in Spain (819,542 visitors).

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In response to their world record, a representative from teamLab commented, “teamLab has been using digital technology to create art since 2001, and our work is based on the concept of collaborative creation. We are honored to be recogniszed by Guinness World Records as the most visited museum in the world, and we hope this experience will help us further explore new perceptions of how we relate to the world.”

If you were one of the over 2 million guests that visited teamLab’s Borderless in 2019, consider yourself a contributing part to an actual world record. The museum is still receiving visitors, although numbers are currently limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you’re looking for another art installation experience like Borderless, Tokyo is also home to teamLab’s Planets exhibition and, for a limited time, an interactive sauna exhibition. Who knows, they might be next on the list of most-visited museums too!

Museum Information

Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless

Address: Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Aomi 138, Odaiba Palette Town

東京都 江東区 青海 1 3 8 お台場パレットタウン

Opening hours subject to change

Website

Source: PR Times

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Nice museum, but now that the world’s eyes are focused here, don’t headlines like this seem to narcissistically say “Look! We’re better than the rest of You” ?

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ONLY IN JAPAN !!!..

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The British Museum in London attracted roughly 5.9 million visitors between April 2019 and March 2020. 

ONLY IN BRITAIN !!!!..

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zichi:

And museums are mostly free in the UK. Great places to visit.

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zichiToday  08:41 am JST

The British Museum in London attracted roughly 5.9 million visitors between April 2019 and March 2020. 

ONLY IN BRITAIN !!!!..

I would be surprised if the British Museum were located in someplace other than Britain.

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Good for them. That is a lot of visitors.

Thought I have difficulties understand how they can be running in the same category as Picasso, Van Gogh, ... . I get the concept of "the world’s Most Visited Museum featuring art by a single group/person" but should not be a cap about the maximum number of people in the group ? I mean they are in the 5 hundreds. In the meantime, why is there even this kind of category in the Guinness ?

https://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Arts/Japan-s-teamLab-transcends-borders-of-art-and-business

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Went to this twice this year on trips to Tokyo and went to one in Fukuoka too. Very exciting and double plus good.

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I would be surprised if the British Museum were located in someplace other than Britain.

Never heard of the Spanish Steps in Italy? My coworker told me about the French Museum in Iceland.

I visited the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, TX. I also went to the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Zichi as always is bang on point and relevant. I’m surprised you don’t see it.

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Love the Spanish Steps in Roma. (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti). Use to hang out there eating ice cream and picking up Italian girls. Better than many stuffy museums. Those were the days, my friend.

https://www.wantedinrome.com/i/featured/storage/uploads/2021/04/rome-spanish-steps-azaleas.jpg

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Surprised Japan has not added it to its list of World Heritage Sites.

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@steveflagestaf 12:52p. I’ll give you a “ + ” vote here, just for being “positive”.

- “Went to this twice this year on trips to Tokyo and went to one in Fukuoka too. Very exciting and double plus good.” -

In fact, Everyone here today gets a “ + ” vote today!

*- “You get a “ + ” vote; and, you get a “ + ” vote; and . . .”*

Seriously, it’s a nice museum, go to see it when Olympic restrictions are removed and patronize ANY small businesses you see open along the way. - Peace to All. -

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@Zichi

Don't ask Britain how it got all of that stuff for it's museums tho. Most of it is stolen from other countries.

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@Zichi

Don't ask Britain how it got all of that stuff for it's museums tho. Most of it is stolen from other countries.

You can ask all you like, This is a long-running, open debate in the UK. I remember we debated it in school.

Are you aware of this?

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Mostly through legitimate channels except the sellers didn’t know the value of what they were selling. The Elgin Marbles are probably the most controversial of all. Legally bought but from the Ottoman Empire who occupied Greece at the time. The basement of the British Museum is full of unopened wooden crates from expeditions by lesser important people.

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ONLY IN JAPAN !!!.... Gotta be careful, sarcasm and irony don't play well in these forums...

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The Elgin Marbles are probably the most controversial of all. 

As we say in Scotland, they should be returned to Elgin.

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I have been dreaming to see this but the pandemic came!

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It's certainly surreal but I wouldn't consider it a museum in the traditional sense. It's more for people who have little to no attention span.

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As we say in Scotland, they should be returned to Elgin.

But he's been dead a very long time 1841. So now Scotland lays claim to them? You almost got The Stone of Scone back laddie.

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Back on topic please.

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