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 , 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.
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.
|2007-2008|| , based on a picture book version by Leo Tolstoy.|
Panda! Go, Panda!, one of Miyazaki's and Isao Takahata's early, pre-Ghibli films from 1972.
|2006–2007||Aardman Studios, primarily focused on their work on Wallace and Gromit.|
|2005-2006||Heidi, Girl of the Alps|
|2004-2005||Pixar Animation Studios|
|2003-2004||Works by the Russian animator Yuri Norstein|
|2002-2004||Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Imaginary Flying Machines|
Each guest to the museum is only permitted to watch the short film once during a single visit. The films are rotated on a monthly basis.