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Arts & Museums
This museum is dedicated to the gorgeous Ukiyoe prints from the illustrative and highly creative Kamigata area. These prints depicted the Kabuki actors from Osaka, and are representatives of their elegant style and personality. Compared to the Edo (Tokyo) prints, the ones from Kamigata are much more glamorous and are a cultural must-see. Since its establishment in 2001, this museum organizes various themes and exhibitions for different seasons. Come visit the permanent display of Ukiyoe wood-block prints at this distinguished fine arts museum. Admission costs JPY500.
This is the Osaka branch of the Idemitsu Art Museum in Tokyo. Idemitsu is renowned for its outstanding collections of Japanese and Chinese pottery, Japanese paintings and ukiyo-e, Japanese arts and crafts, as well as Western masterpieces. On display at this museum are two national treasures, 43 important cultural assets and Western masterpieces including paintings by Georges Rouault, Sam Francis and other contemporary artists. Located on the 13th floor of Idemitsu-nagahori Building near Shinsaibashi Station, the museum is accessible on the Midosuji subway line.
The name of the museum explains its general aim with no twists. The displays inside include anything from the latest gadgets to the especially popular multi-media corner--really anything having to do with modern advances in science and the technology that supports it. As you would expect, there are a number of hands-on displays, some of which include computers. For this reason, the place is especially popular among youngsters, though adults will also appreciate what it has to offer. Admission is free.
A national historic site, the Tekijuku is housed in a typical merchant's residence from the Edo Period, and is Japan's only remaining school for studying Western science in Dutch. The Tekijuku was founded by Koan Ogata in 1838 and remained under his management until 1862. Ogata was a great educator and scholar in Dutch and medical science. Tekijuku is an important national cultural asset and features a museum that provides valuable resources for people interested in the history of Japan. It can easily be reached using Osaka's public transport system.
Located in Yodobashi, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics specializes in mainly Chinese and Korean artifacts. There are about 1,300 items, among them, two items designated by the Japanese Government as national treasures and another 13 as important cultural properties. This museum takes great pride in its world-class collection. About 130 items are usually exhibited at any one time. A large collection of 48 Korean ceramics, which were on long-term loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, is also on display.
This museum provides a lot of scope for art lovers to appreciate contemporary works. With an aim to collect, store and display the latest Japanese and foreign creations, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, conducts intensive research on the upcoming trends and styles of painting, sketching and sculpting. Recognized as the cultural hub of the Kita area, this establishment draws popular attention due to its interactive attitude and educational significance.
Located close to Osaka Castle, the Osaka International Peace Center opened on International Peace Day, September 11, 1991, with the aim or preserving the memory of wartime misery and transmitting a message of peace to future generations. The center exhibits a large variety of historical items, including a reproduction of a one-ton bomb dropped by the U.S. Air Force on Osaka during World War II. The displays comprise both actual artifacts and reproductions.
Located in Naniwa, close to the center of Osaka, this museum opened in 1965, with human rights as its focal theme. On display are widely ranging historical materials in various fields related to human rights such as discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and the physically handicapped. The museum was redesigned in 1995 to present a more comprehensive range of human rights -related affairs including environmental issues. The museum is also involved in activities aimed at preserving, disseminating and presenting performing arts, music and other forms of traditional culture.
Conveniently located in Tennoji Park, just five minutes from Tennoji Station on the Midosuji subway line, the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art shows regular exhibitions of fine examples of traditional Chinese art such as paintings, calligraphic works and stone images of the Buddha. Japanese artworks, both old and new, are also on display (the basement may be rented as a gallery by contemporary artists). The museum also serves as a repository of a wide-ranging variety of Korean art pieces.
Located within Osaka Castle, the Osaka City Museum gives a comprehensive introduction to the history, economy and culture of Osaka from the Paleolithic Age to the Edo Period (1603-1867). Opened in 1960, the museum is a three-story building where regular exhibitions are held on the first and second floors and special exhibitions are held on the third floor. The history and culture of Osaka is the main theme of the regular exhibitions. A great part of the exhibits display are original items, including old documents and nishiki-e (color) prints.
The Mint Bureau is an extraordinary organization operated under the Ministry of Finance and has its Head office in Osaka with branches in Tokyo and Hiroshima. About 4,000 items are exhibits in the Mint Museum. They include ancient coins, such as the "obang" and "kobang" (large and small gold coins of old Japan) and many outstanding articles accumulated since the establishment of the Mint. The Tokyo and Sapporo Olympics prize medals. The building housing the Museum is the only Western style building of the Meiji Era (1868~1912) remaining on the premises of the Head Office. Both the coin production plant and the order production plant of this Bureau have a visitor's corridor. Guides are provided to visitors about the work being done as they go through these corridors. There are further exhibitions concerning the monetary production process and a collection of Japanese medals.
The Modern Transportation Museum exhibits locomotives and other means of transportation, to aid in the study of traffic science. Founded in 1962, the museum presents the rapid technological progress made by the railway, with emphasis on future development. Operated by the West Japan Railway Company, the museum displays numerous steam locomotives, several of which are operated throughout the year. The museum is conveniently located in the highly accessible western part of Osaka, near Osaka harbor. The library and reference room are open to the public on Sundays and national holidays.