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No.048
“Mystery Rally to Solve Seven Riddles”: Tour of Seven Museums

In the summer of 2018, “Mystery Rally to Solve Seven Riddles,” a tour in which participants visit seven art and history museums in Tokyo as well as subway stations to solve riddles was hold. Learn more about this new type of experience-based art entertainment, which enables genuine appreciation of fine art through solving of mysteries associated with works of art.

Mystery Rally to Solve Seven Riddles

Solving seven mysteries in a tour of seven museums

Participants are provided with a “Mystery Rally Riddle-solving Book,” which begins with a novel-style prologue and features episodes associated with seven museums: the National Museum of Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Art Center, Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum. The story, in which the protagonist, a young man, visits the museums and appreciates the works of art, also incorporates details of the history of the museums and the background of their exhibits.
Participants in the tour visit the museums and subway stations as a protagonist of the story, and solve riddles hidden in the works of art exhibited in the museums and the public art at the stations. The story in the book contains clues for solving the riddles, and the readers can browse useful tips via the featured QR codes.
After cracking the seven riddles, the participants gain access to a specially-launched website to take up the challenge of solving a final mystery. A correct solution will give them the oportunity to read the epilogue of the story and the chance to win a prize in a lottery.

No time limitations within the event duration, free order of touring the museums

The participants are free to roam the museums in an order of their liking and solve the mysteries at their leisure, as long as they do so within the duration of the event. Also, all participating museums organize the so-called “night museums,” or events in which for a specified period each museum is open until late in the evening. Free admissions and discounted admissions are also available for some of the museums.
The exciting approach of mystery-solving gives participants opportunities to enjoy new discoveries even in museums they have visited before.

The riddle-solving book is distributed at each station of Tokyo Metro.
The story offers clues to solving the mystery.

Left: The riddle-solving book is distributed at each station of Tokyo Metro.
Right: The story offers clues to solving the mystery.

Participants search for riddles as they enjoy the exhibits. The stage for mystery-solving at the Edo-Tokyo Museum is the “Tokyo Zone” in the Permanent Exhibition Hall.
A visitor at the National Museum of Western Art appreciates a work called “Triptych: The Crucifixion Flanked by the Kneeling Donor and His Wife” to solve a riddle and find out the name of a station.

Left: Participants search for riddles as they enjoy the exhibits. The stage for mystery-solving at the Edo-Tokyo Museum is the “Tokyo Zone” in the Permanent Exhibition Hall.
Right: A visitor at the National Museum of Western Art appreciates a work called “Triptych: The Crucifixion Flanked by the Kneeling Donor and His Wife” to solve a riddle and find out the name of a station.

Mystery Rally to Solve Seven Riddles: July 20, 2018-September 17, 2018
*Please note this event is entirely in Japanese.

Original Text: Maki Aikawa
Photo: Norihisa Kushibiki