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Aomori Museum of Art
Aomori Museum of Art opened in 2006. Here, you can see an exhibition room of Munekata Shiko, who was born in Aomori prefecture, artworks of Nara Yoshitomo, one of the representative modern artist in Japan, and special creative exhibitions in spacious rooms. The distinctive building that reminds people of the white box dropped on the trench of an excavation site was inspired by the nearby ancient site “Sannai-Maruyama.” The building itself is one of the highlights. Let’s visit the museum that has remarkable popularity for a public museum because of a great sense and distinctive atmosphere.
- 185 Chikano Yasuta, Aomori-shi, Aomori
- Contact No.
- 10-minute bus ride on route bus “Nebutan Go” from Shin-Aomori Station on JR followed by a minute's walk from Kenritsu Bijutsukan Mae Bus Stop
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-18:00 (9:30-17:00 from October to May)
Closed: Second and forth Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, closed next day)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2 hours
- Admission fee
- 510 yen for permanent exhibition (Special Exhibition extra)
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Architecture with design that has distinctive and fresh taste
The museum was designed by architect Aoki Jun. He is recognized as an architect who incorporates a taste of post modernism but has modern ideas. That’s why the museum itself is like an artwork and has unusual atmosphere.
Aomori Ken: symbol of the museum
The gigantic statue of a dog “Aomori Ken” (8.5 meters tall) created by Nara Yoshitomo, the modern artist who has an international reputation, is a symbol of this museum. You can drop by casually because the area of this artwork and exhibition space “Hakkakudo” also created by Nara are free to enter.
A special exhibition would be a lifetime memory!
Aomori Museum of Art mainly exhibits artworks created by the artists who were born in Japan, but you can’t miss the special exhibitions held by their own creative perspective. Artworks that you can’t see anywhere else will be engraved in your memory forever.
Not only the building but also interior, signs in the museum and logos are made by famous designers. Uniforms of the staffs are from a famous brand “mina perhonen.” This is a refined museum where everything has been perfected down to the smallest detail.
Sannai-Maruyama site is a 20-minute walk away from the museum. Researchers consider this one of the biggest site of the Jomon period in Japan, used 4,000 to 5,500 years ago. You can see the recreation of the remaining house based on the research of the site, and articles including old tools, earthen dolls and accessories.