Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-09-2018, 09:16 AM   #1
Pentaxian
angerdan's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,686
Pentax Museum closed - what happened to the exhibits?

Since the Pentax museum doesn't exist anymore, who knows about the remain of the exhibits?
Opening of the first camera museum in Japan owned by a camera manufacturer was in 1967 and moved to Mashiko plant in 1993.
PENTAX About PENTAX
PENTAX Camera museum

More information about the history of the museum can be found there:
Pentax camera museum to close - PentaxForums.com




Last edited by angerdan; 03-09-2018 at 09:22 AM.
03-09-2018, 11:24 AM - 1 Like   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
THoog's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: North Carolina
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,653
See discussion here:

The sky is not falling! - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com
03-09-2018, 06:05 PM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
ChrisPlatt's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Rockaway Beach NYC
Posts: 6,496
I am confident it was part of the corporations 500 Year Plan.

Chris
03-10-2018, 07:35 AM   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 6,610
If they don't get busy the only place you will be able to find Pentax cameras is in museums.

06-06-2018, 02:10 PM   #5
Pentaxian
angerdan's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,686
Original Poster
I wonder why Pentax don't run a museum for their lenses.
Especially the lens designers like Jun Hirakawa should be mentioned somehow.
09-19-2018, 12:19 PM   #6
Pentaxian
angerdan's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,686
Original Poster
Anyone has current pictures of inside and outside of the Ricoh Imaging Square ?
Pentax camera museum to close - PentaxForums.com
04-30-2019, 07:28 PM - 3 Likes   #7
JPT
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,801
A recent post on the Ricoh Facebook page sheds light on this. There is a former employee who has a large portion of the collection, and maintains his own "Camera Museum" in Ibaraki Prefecture.





There were recent Pentax Fan Day events at the Ricoh Imaging Squares in Tokyo and Osaka, and some rare items were borrowed from this museum. I think that's why they are in contact and featuring the museum at this time. The report also makes mention of the company's own collection, so some of the museum's exhibits may still be with the company.

It's possible to visit the museum free of charge, but you have to call in advance to make sure that it is convenient for the owner. Also, I have no idea if he is an English speaker or not. Contact information:

「カメラ博物館」「写真はうす」
住所:〒321-3707 栃木県芳賀郡茂木町小深101-2
電話番号:0285-61-1650(来館前には必ず電話で確認を)
開館時間:10時~17時
入館料:無料
休館日:特に設けていないものの、不在のこともあるので、来館の際は事前に電話で確認をとのこと。

There's a report in Japanese and several photos on the Ricoh Imaging FB page, posted on April 28, 2019.

?????? (PENTAX by RICOH IMAGING) - Home | Facebook

Last edited by JPT; 04-30-2019 at 07:37 PM.
05-02-2019, 10:31 AM   #8
Pentaxian
angerdan's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,686
Original Poster
Thanks for this information - really great to know this!

Here's the private colletion on Google Maps:
Google Maps

05-03-2019, 12:57 AM   #9
JPT
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,801
Sorry. I should correct my reading. The address is in Tochigi Prefecture, not Ibaraki. It is right near the border with Ibaraki though. It would probably take a few hours to get there from Tokyo. You’d need to take a local railway line and then a bus.
06-08-2019, 02:22 PM - 3 Likes   #10
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
LaurenOE's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,664
Well...I still have the (the only one?) EI-3000 prototype.
I was asked to sell it to a "museum" a while ago, but no...until someone in Japan asks or someone famous at Pentax/Ricoh, it will be in my good care.
Too risky to let it go to places that can disappear.
4 Days Ago   #11
Pentaxian
angerdan's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,686
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by angerdan Quote
Here's the private colletion on Google Maps:
Google Maps
Here are collected locations of former and current pentax facilities in Japan:
The sky is not falling! - PentaxForums.com
4 Days Ago   #12
Pentaxian




Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 8,579
QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
Well...I still have the (the only one?) EI-3000 prototype.
I was asked to sell it to a "museum" a while ago, but no...until someone in Japan asks or someone famous at Pentax/Ricoh, it will be in my good care.
Too risky to let it go to places that can disappear.
Exactly. I have some rare non camera items that at one time I thought I would donate to a museum. No longer as there are cases of museums that come under new management and/or new ownership, etc. that then decide to sell the donations...and to use the money as the new management/owners see fit.
4 Days Ago - 1 Like   #13
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
LaurenOE's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,664
QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Exactly. I have some rare non camera items that at one time I thought I would donate to a museum. No longer as there are cases of museums that come under new management and/or new ownership, etc. that then decide to sell the donations...and to use the money as the new management/owners see fit.
Yep. Still have my Pentaxian artifacts. Still in perfect condition.

Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, exhibits, museum, pentax, pentax museum, pentaxmuseum, photo industry, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Smithsonian exhibits 3-D portraits of President Obama interested_observer Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 01-04-2015 04:00 AM
PENTAX Japan exhibits 645D and 55mm f/2.8 lens for 645 Ole Homepage & Official Pentax News 2 05-27-2009 11:32 AM
Jellyfish & Other Exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium legacyb4 Post Your Photos! 13 12-06-2008 06:29 PM
VLF winning images are now online, exhibits begin showing on Oct. 8th in McAllen, TX Marc Langille Post Your Photos! 9 10-21-2008 11:57 AM
It happened It really Happened. Photo Tramp Photographic Technique 27 11-10-2007 06:05 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:07 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top