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Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (Nagasaki Ken Bijutsukan) consists of two buildings with a canal between them. It has an Art Museum Building and a Gallery Building that houses a museum shop and an information corner. The museum features Spanish artworks that are based on a collection donated by Yakichiro Suma who served as envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary in Spain. It also houses over 6,000 Nagasaki related works of art, and it has creative exhibitions throughout the year. The bridge corridor that connects the two buildings has a cafe where you can have a cup of tea while enjoying the canal.
- 2-1 Dejima-cho, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
- Take a street car from Nagasaki Ekimae Dentei Station (a short walk from JR Nagasaki Station) bound for Shokakuji-shita, then get off at Dejima Dentei (5-min ride). 3-min walk from the station.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: the second and fourth Mondays (if falls on a national holiday, next day)
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Collection display 400 yen (additional fee for special exhibition)
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
A Rooftop Garden with a View of the Port
The museum has a beautiful rooftop garden. The Port of Nagasaki can be seen from here. You can relax in this garden while taking in a view of the port and the ocean. The garden is very open and has a lawn and a wooden deck. This is a perfect place to take a break after appreciating the artworks.
Award-Winning Kengo Kuma's Architecture
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum was designed by Japan's leading architect, Kengo Kuma. The museum has received many awards, such as Japan's Good Design Award, Italy's Marble Architectural Award, the Building Constructors Society Award, the Japan Institute of Architects Award and the Architectural Institute of Japan's Architectural Design Commendation. The building is highly acclaimed worldwide.
Permanent Exhibition: Nagasaki Related and Spanish Works of Art
This museum displays a wide variety of artworks that are created by artists from Nagasaki and artists who are related to Nagasaki. It also houses a large collection of Suma who had a profound knowledge of Spanish art. You will find masterpieces of famous artists, such as Goya, Picasso and Dali.
The museum has various special exhibitions throughout the year. It features paintings from the Middle Ages, modern artists, furniture designers, textile designers and cartoonists with its unique witty plannings and displays. The visitors are always surprised by these unusual displays. You will be amazed by the unique presentation of the display space.