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|Location||1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka
Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 Mitaka no Mori Jiburi Bijutsukan , Mitaka Forest Ghibli Museum) is a museum featuring the Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli, and is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo, Japan.
The museum is a fine arts museum, but does not take the concept of a usual fine arts museum. With many features that are child-oriented and a sprawling and occasionally mazelike interior, the museum is a playfully created place. Centered around the motto appearing on the museum's website "Let's become lost children together" (迷子になろうよ、いっしょに Maigo ni narō yo, isshoni ), or "let's lose our way together" as it is translated in the English leaflet. It has no set path or order of viewing. While the museum brochure contains a variety of languages, the signs within the museum are in Japanese only.
Hayao Miyazaki wanted to create a museum that was interesting and relaxing to the soul. His goal was to create a museum “that makes you feel more enriched when you leave than when you entered!”
Planning for the museum began in 1998. Construction started in March 2000, and the museum officially opened October 1, 2001.
Hayao Miyazaki designed the museum himself, using drawn storyboards similar to the ones he makes for his films. The design was influenced by European architecture, such as the hilltop village of Calcata in Italy. Miyazaki's aim was to make the building itself part of the exhibit.
Permanent exhibitions 
On the bottom floor is an exhibit room showing the history and science of animation. One of the displays is a three dimensional zoetrope named “Bouncing Totoro", with models of a smiling bat, a cat bus, Satsuki, Mei, a big Totoro along with little ones, each in a slightly different pose, arranged in rings on a spinning table. A flickering stroboscope flashes in time with the rotating models, illuminating each as it passes the same spot, creating an illusion of movement that shows how animation works.
On the first floor is a mock-up of an animation studio, with sketches, story boards, reference material and more to look at. Also shown is the process of creating an animated film, from sketches, storyboarding, keyframing, cleanup, coloring, background painting, etc.
Special exhibitions 
In addition to Ghibli-oriented exhibitions, the museum hosts an area where it brings in other animation work. These exhibits are not permanent and rotate out on a varying basis. One more important thing to note is that the Special Exhibits Room is also located on this floor.
|2002–2004||Castle in the Sky and Imaginary Flying Machines|
|2003–2004||Works by the Russian animator Yuri Norstein|
|2004–2005||Pixar Animation Studios|
|2005–2006||Heidi, Girl of the Alps|
|2006–2007||Aardman Studios, primarily focused on their work on Wallace and Gromit.|
|2007–2008||Goldilocks and The Three Bears (3びきのくま Sanbiki no kuma ), based on a picture book version by Leo Tolstoy.
|2009–2010||Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea|
|2010–2011||Ghibli Forest Movies — Welcome to Saturn Theater|
|2011–2012||The View from the Cat Bus|
|2012-2013||The Gift of Illustrations ― A Source of Popular Culture|
Short films 
The Saturn Theater is located on the bottom floor of the Ghibli Museum and shows several short films. These short films can only be seen at the Ghibli museum. The Saturn Theater has windows where automated shades lower and open before and after each showing of its short films. This is because Hayao Miyazaki designed the theater with small children in mind, who could possibly be scared of the closed in theater. The museum shows one of the following Ghibli short-films in the Saturn Theatre:
- Koro's Big Walk (コロの大さんぽ Koro no dai-sampo )
- Water Spider Monmon (水グモもんもん Mizugumo Monmon )
- Mei and the Kittenbus (めいとこねこバス Mei to Konekobasu )
- The Day I Harvested a Star (星をかった日 Hoshi o Katta Hi )
- The Whale Hunt (くじらとり Kujiratori )
- Looking for a home (やどさがし Yadosagashi )
- A Sumo Wrestler's Tail (ちゅうずもう Chūzumō )
- Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (パン種とタマゴ姫 Pan dane to tamago hime )
- Treasure Hunt (たからさがし Takara Sagashi )
Each guest to the museum is only permitted to watch the short film once during a single visit.
Other features 
- Tri Hawks
Tri Hawks, opened on February 6, 2002, is a reading room and bookstore that can be found at the Ghibli Museum. The staff also holds readings of books found on display and for sale at Tri Hawks.
- Mamma Aiuto
Mamma Aiuto, located on the top of the Ghibli Museum, is the souvenir giftshop that is named after the band of sky pirates in the movie “Porco Rosso”.
- Straw Hat Café
The Straw Hat Café is the Ghibli Museum’s only sit down restaurant and is themed with characters from Ghibli movies. The Straw Hat Café was created with the help of a housewife who is also a mother of four. Hayao Miyazaki wanted the café’s food to be “a kind of home cooking”. The café uses fresh ingredients and all fruits and vegetables used in the café’s food are chopped by hand. 
- Cat Bus Room
There is also a playroom for children aged 12 and below with a giant cat bus toy, from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro”, to play in. The word Mei, written in hiragana, is on the cat bus’ destination board. Mei is one of the characters from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro” as well.
- Rooftop Garden
On the museum's roof there is a garden with a life-size statue of a robot from the final episode of Lupin III Part II and Castle in the Sky. The Robot Soldier was made by an artist by the name of Kunio Shachimaru. The statue is made from bronze and took a year to create. The keystone from the movie “Castle in the Sky” can also be found here. The keystone is a replica of the control room stone found in the floating castle, Laputa, in the movie “Castle in the Sky”.
Tickets, hours of operation, and access 
The museum requires tickets be purchased in advance for a specific day, either from travel agencies outside Japan or Lawson convenience store ticket kiosks in Japan. Visitors may also call “LAWSON TICKET” (Tel: 0570-000-403), reserve tickets via the internet at www2.lawsonticket.com, or by mobile phone and obtain a reservation code, then within 3 days customers may visit the local Lawson convenience store Loppi terminal with the reserved reservation code to purchase tickets.
The museum’s hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. For tickets purchased within Japan, four entrance times to choose from while purchasing tickets, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Each entrance time allows up to 30 minutes for visitors to arrive before their ticket become invalid. Tickets purchased from agents outside Japan are valid any time on the booked day.
The museum is a 15 minute walk from Mitaka Station. There is also a community bus that goes from Mitaka Station to the museum every 10 minutes. From Shinjuku Station in Central Tokyo it takes approximately 20 minutes to Mitaka Station on the JR Chūō Main Line.
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- "企画展示『小さなルーヴル美術館』展" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-04-03.
- "企画展示『崖の上のポニョ展』" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-05-27.
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- "The View from the Cat Bus". www.ghibli-museum.jp. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- "企画展示『ねこバスから見た風景展』". www.ghibli-museum.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- ""The Gift of Illustrations ― A Source of Popular Culture" Exhibition". www.ghibli-museum.jp. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
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- The official site of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan - Ticket Information
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- The official site of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan - Access
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