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Ohara Museum of Art
The Ohara Museum of Art was the first in Japan exhibiting works of modern Western art. The museum was opened in 1930 by Ohara Magosaburo, an industrial businessman from Kurashiki, Okayama, who was a supporter and collector of art. Inside of his museum you can find 3,000 different works from famous artists such as El Greco, Monet, Renoir, Matisse, and Gaugin, 1,500 of which are on permanent display. The museum is made up of four buildings, the Main Hall designed after a Greek temple, the Annex, the Craft Art Gallery, and the Asian Art Gallery, all of which can be accessed by purchasing the main entrance fee. Inside the museum are also collections of many world class artifacts. This museum was built philanthropically, providing Japan with a top class international art museum.
- 1-15 Chuo 1 Chome, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama
- Contact No.
- 15-minute walk from Kurashiki Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Every Monday (open on national holidays that fall on Mondays, also open every day during summer from the end of July through August, and also during October)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 120 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission 1,300 yen
※ 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.
Main Hall Featuring Works from Masters around the World
The Main Hall designed after a Greek temple holds over 140 works of modern pictures and sculptures from prominent western European artists. Greeting visitors at the entrance are famous sculptures from Rodin like, “St. John the Baptist” and “the Burghers of Calais.” The main pieces inside include works like “the Annunciation” by El Greco and “Te Nave Nave Fenua” by Gaugin.
The Annex and the Craft and Asian Art Galleries
Located in the Annex are exhibitions of Japan’s western paintings and modern paintings and sculptures. In the Craft Art Gallery are Japan’s celebrated woodblock prints from Munakata Shiko, ceramic art from four famous potters including Bernard Rich, and works from the textile designer, Serizawa Keisuke who sought to find the essence of Japanese beauty. In the Asian Art Gallery one can find antique works of art from China, and other various pieces from East Asia up through the middle ages. The amount of art within these three buildings is simply awesome.
The Craft and Asian Art Galleries
Water Lilies from Monet’s Garden
The water lilies located next to the Craft Art Gallery were in fact donated straight from Monet’s Japanese style garden in France. You can find these beautiful lilies in bloom from spring to fall.
The museum shop connected to the art museum is surely a place not to miss on your visit. Here you can find art goods from books and replicas of paintings to even food products and calendars.