The Railway Series THOMAS & FRIENDS

About the Exhibition

Sanctioned Event of the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival

'Thomas the Tank Engine' enjoys great popularity in Japan, but its origins date back to a picture book first published in the U.K. in 1945. Beloved in many countries around the world, the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series was illustrated over the years by C. Reginald Dalby, John T. Kenney, Gunvor & Peter Edwards, Clive Spong, and this exhibition will focus on original illustrations by these artists. It will also include dioramas, film props, video screenings, historical material of railway in Japan and contemporary interactive art / virtual reality works and exhibits, allowing visitors to explore both the fascinating world of 'Thomas the Tank Engine' and the attraction of the railways.

"The Railway Series THOMAS & FRIENDS"
Exhibition Trailer

Organized by

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN, The Japan Association of Art Museums

Sponsored by

Lion Corporation / SHIMIZU CORPORATION / Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. / Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

In cooperation with

HIT Entertainment / Sony Creative Products Inc. / POPLAR PUBLISHING CO., LTD. / Shogakukan Inc. / MOVIC PROMOTE SERVICE / SKIP CITY Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza Visual Museum / the Audio-Visual Library / The Railway Museum / Tokyo Station Gallery / Bureau of Transportation Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Hirose Tanikawa Lab., The University of Tokyo / Nabeshima Houkoukai Foundation / Edo-Tokyo Museum / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography / Hachioji Yume Art Museum / Nitori Co., Ltd. / The 20th Annual Conference of the Virtual Reality Society Japan Committee / Tamio Kihara Laboratory, Showa Women's University

In collaboration with




C. Reginald Dalby / John T. Kenney / Gunvor & Peter Edwards / Clive Spong
Hirose Tanikawa Lab., The University of Tokyo / Ryota Kuwakubo / Christa Sommere & Laurent Mignonneau / and more

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Exhibition Information


July 18(Sat) - October 12(Mon) , 2015

Closed on

Mondays (except Jul.20, Sep 21, Oct.12 4), Jul.21, Sep. 24


Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Exhibition Gallery 3F

Opening Hours

10:00-18:00(opens until 21:00 on every Friday from July to September)
*Last admission to the gallery floor & last ticket purchase is 30minutes before the closing time.


Adults: 1,200yen
University Students&Over 65: 900yen
High School & Junior High Students: 700yen
Elementary School students& Under: Free
*Free entry to MOT collection ticket holders

More Info


From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.
From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Oedo Line: 13min. walk from the A3 exit.
More Info


+81-3-5245-4111(General Information)
+81-3-5405-8686(Hello Dial)

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