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National Museum of Art, Osaka
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, collects and exhibits modern artworks within and outside of Japan. The pavilion for an international exposition held in Osaka in 1970 was used as the museum, but in 2004 the new building was built on the current location. In parts of the exhibition, they have some artworks which are carried over from the old building which used to be in the exposition park. Besides the permanent exhibition, they hold a special exhibition featuring topical arts occasionally.
- 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Higobashi Station on Osaka Municipal Subway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00-17:00 (Closed at19:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Mondays (Closed next day if the Monday is Holiday)
The museum may also be temporarily closed due to exhibition changes.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- 430 yen for collection exhibition (Additional price for special exhibition)
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Spectacular, distinct exterior
The building of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, was designed by famous architect César Pelli, known for his design of the World Financial Center in New York and Abeno Harukas in Osaka. The theme of the design is viability of bamboo and growth of modern art. The basement is the entrance which is rare for museums and exhibition rooms are on the second and third floor.
Exhibited artworks made by various artists
The museum collects modern artworks created mainly after World War II. The line up of the collection is works by famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Japanese artists who are active overseas including Kusama Yayoi, Yoko-o Tadanori and Morimura Yasumasa.
Open restaurant and cafe
There is a restaurant and cafe, Nakanoshima Muse, in the basement. The open space designed with the large glass is a prime place to have a break after art viewing. They serve various dishes such as hamburg, omurice and cakes.