HOSEI UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

An experimental museum that weaves together Hosei University’s past, present, and future,linking the institution’s three campuses on the physical and digital levels with a focus on the sustainability of humanity and global society

An experimental museum that weaves together Hosei University’s past, present, and future,linking the institution’s three campuses on the physical and digital levels with a focus on the sustainability of humanity and global society

Introducing
the Hosei University Museum

Since its founding in 1880, Hosei University has produced and accumulated a diverse wealth of academic resources. That rich legacy continues to grow to this day, as unique research and education flourish throughout the University with boundless possibilities for mutual collaboration.

Recognizing that potential, we established the Hosei University Museum to connect a diverse mix of research and academic resources, facilitate new innovations, and be a hub for speaking to the world. The effort also involves linking the University’s campus spaces and digital spaces together in an expansive network.

The Hosei University Museum is a space for a variety of visitors. Through the Museum’s offerings, current Hosei students can learn more about the University’s history and identity. Graduates can look back on their university days and, together with current students, look forward to what the future holds for their alma mater. The Museum is also a place where, by exploring Hosei University’s past, present, and future, visitors can think about the raison d’etre and value of universities in our society. We hope that all visitors take advantage of everything the Hosei University Museum has to offer.

April 2020
Hosei University

About us

Vision

The Hosei University Museum is an experimental museum with a focus on the sustainability of humanity and global society.
Over the years, innovative minds have gathered at Hosei University to cultivate “practical wisdom for freedom” with a “pioneering spirit.”
Drawing on that legacy, the Hosei University Museum embodies a synergistic platform that brings wisdom together across various academic fields and institutional boundaries, the scope of its vision encompassing the past and the future of the international community, to help build a rich society with fairness at its foundation.

Objective

Representing part of the University’s long-term vision, HOSEI 2030, the Hosei University Museum aims to foster the development of the University’s education and research by exhibiting, presenting, and researching the history of the University, the fruits of their education and research efforts, and the University’s many academic resources.

Activities and projects

  • Sparking distinctive Hosei University research; exhibiting and presenting educational achievements and research findings
  • Promoting collaborations on free and open academic research
  • Bolstering the framework for preserving the University’s academic resources
  • Exploring the University education and research on its history

Structure

(1) Museum Core
The Museum Core, the central component of the Hosei University Museum, comprises a History of HOSEI University Zone, which presents the origins of the University’s culture and identity, and a Themed Exhibit Zone,which highlights the University’s education and research identity from six thematic perspectives. In addition, the Museum Core also features occasional special exhibits and planned exhibits that showcase research findings from research institutes and achievements in a diverse array of collaborative studies.
(2) Museum Satellites (scheduled to open in 2021)
The Hosei University Museum also includes three Museum Satellites, one on each of the University’s campuses. Working in conjunction with the Museum Core, the satellite facilities also organize exhibits that tie into the education and research characterizing their respective campuses. In addition to providing touchpoints for engaging with the Hosei University Museum, the three Museum Satellites help the Museum expand its scope and reach broader audiences.
(3) Museum Points (scheduled to open in 2020)
The Hosei University campuses are also home to Museum Points along common walking routes, creating additional links to connect students and visitors with information on the Hosei University Museum. By giving the Museum a stronger voice and enhancing its visibility, the Museum Points generate interest in the Museum and encourage engagement.
(4) Digital Archives
The “Digital Archives” represent a digital repository of valuable academic materials and collections in the University’s possession, giving on-campus and off-campus users access to useful resources. Users can search the archival materials in a variety of categories, including “history,” “themes,” “people,” and “collections.” In addition to making resources available online, the Digital Archives also integrate with the Museum Core’s digital exhibits.

History of HOSEI University Zone

Covering Hosei University’s historical development across four periods (“Participation in movements of Freedom and civil rights and progress of knowledge about laws,” “Pioneering Spirit-Development as a university and struggles during the war,” “In the pursuit of “Freedom and Progress”— Postwar history of Hosei University,” and “Sustained Innovation— Hosei University Charter “Practical Wisdom for Freedom”), the History of HOSEI University Zone, illuminates the origins of Hosei University’s culture and identity through both digital signages and physical exhibits.

Themed Exhibit Zone

The Themed Exhibit Zone traces Hosei University’s 140-year legacy of education and research along six thematic lines (“Civil society and local perspectives”, ”In pursuit of peace”, “Studies on social and labour issues”, “Tradition meets contemporary times”, “Studies on sustainability”, “The creation of culture, art and sports”), with each individual exhibit highlighting one specific theme. In addition the Zone also features occasional special exhibits and planned exhibits.