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THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OR ART, OSAK|Access, Visitor Information, Highlights, Café and Lunch Information

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

※The whole building is closed until February 5, 2024 due to facility renovation.

Source: The National Museum of Art, Osaka

About The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka opened in 1977 as an art museum that handles mainly contemporary art from Japan and abroad. It is one of seven museums under the jurisdiction of the Japan National Museum of Art, an independent administrative agency. When it first opened, the museum utilized the building of the World Exposition Museum, which was constructed for the Japan World Exposition (held in 1970), but was renovated in 2004 and reborn as a completely underground museum with an eye-catching, innovative design.


The location of the museum is also one of its attractions, as it was moved from Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, to the western Nakanoshima district in the center of Osaka City when it was renovated. There are other museums and art galleries within a walking distance, so many people enjoy them as well.


Today, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, continues its role as an art museum that disseminates contemporary art, while at the same time, as an art museum that introduces a wide range of domestic and international art trends, it also holds special exhibitions other than contemporary art.

It also offers opportunities for learning and experience, including events for children that deepen their understanding of art and events that infants and their parents can enjoy together.




Access and Visitor Information of the National Museum of Art, Osaka

Address

4-2-55, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005

Tel

06-6447-4680

Access from the nearest station

【Keihan Line】

  • From "Watanabe bashi" station [Exit 2] on the Nakanoshima Line (Keihan), 5 minutes by walk to the southwest

  • From Yodoyabashi Station [Exit No. 7], cross the Tosabori River and walk west for about 15 minutes.

【Osaka Metro】

  • From Yotsubashi Line "Higobashi" station [Exit 3], about 10 minutes by walk to the west

  • Midosuji Line "Yodoyabashi" station [Exit 7], about 15 minutes by walk to the west across the Tosabori River.

【JR】

  • Take Tozai Line, get off at Shin-Fukushima Station [Exit 2] and walk about 10 minutes to the south

  • 15 minutes by walk to the south from "Fukushima" station on the Osaka Loop Line

  • Approx. 20 min. by walking to the southwest from "Osaka" station.

【Hanshin Line】About 10 minutes by walk from "Fukushima" station [Exit No.3] on the Hanshin Line.

【Hankyu Line】Approx. 20 minutes by walk to the southwest from "Osaka Umeda" station on the Hankyu Line.

Opening hours

  • [Regular hours] 10:00 - 17:00 (admission by 16:30)

  • [Night hours (every Friday and Saturday)] 10:00 - 20:00 (admission by 19:30)

Closed

Mondays, year-end and New Year holidays, and during exhibition change periods, September 11, 2023 (Monday) - February 5, 2024 (Monday) (due to construction work in the museum)

If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday and closed on the following Tuesday. (The museum may be temporarily closed in addition to the above.)


Admission

Adults 430 yen (group 220 yen), college students 130 yen (group 70 yen),

Free for high school students, those under 18, and those over 65 (ID required).

Fees for collection exhibitions. Fees for special exhibitions vary depending on the exhibition.

Facilities

Coin lockers, wheelchairs for rent, strollers for rent, children's room/nursing room, AED available

Note

Guide dogs, service dogs, and hearing dogs are allowed; written communication is available.

Official Website




Highlights of the National Museum of Art, Osaka


Collections

The National Museum of Art, Osaka collects a wide range of contemporary art works, primarily from Japan and abroad, with the aim of clarifying the relationship between global art trends and the development of art in Japan. The museum's collection amounts to approximately 8,200 works of art ( current as of March, 2022).


The symbol of the National Museum of Art, Osaka is Joan Miró's "Laughter of Innocence" on the B2 floor. Created to coincide with the Japan World Exposition, the vivid colors of this work are typical of Miró.


The collection has also been enriched over the years to include a collection of 828 works by OHASHI Yoshikazu, a chemist and industrialist, which shows the transition of postwar art in the Kansai region; prints and drawings by HAMAGUCHI Yozo, numbering approximately 400 pieces; and posters by YOKOO Tadanori, numbering more than 900 pieces. The majority of the collection consists of paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, but in recent years the museum has also turned its attention to new genres such as video and performance.


*The works in the collection are exhibited according to themes, mainly through collection exhibitions.




Architecture

Source: The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Cesar Pelli and Associates Japan was contracted to design the new building for the renewal. Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli is widely known for designing skyscrapers, and was recently involved in the construction of the skyscraper complex "Abeno Harukas.


The National Museum of Art, Osaka is one of the few museums in the world to be completely underground. The futuristic monument with a steel frame at the ground level is said to be inspired by the "vitality of bamboo" and the "development and growth of contemporary art.


Source: The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Source: The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Representative past exhibitions

The museum has held many special exhibitions of world-class contemporary artists such as YOKOO Tadanori, KUSAMA Yayoi, and Christian Boltanski, as well as frequent large-scale exhibitions of masters such as Van Gogh and Picasso. In 2022, the museum and the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka will jointly hold a retrospective exhibition tracing the history of the Gutai Art Association (Gutai), an avant-garde art group founded in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.


Main Exhibitions

Van Gogh Exhibition" (2005)

All Posters by YOKOO Tadanori" (2010)

KUSAMA Yayoi: Eternity of Eternity of Eternity" (2012)

Christian Boltanski - Lifetime" (2019)

All to the Unknown - GUTAI: Segmentation and Integration" (2022) *Simultaneous exhibition with Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

Picasso and His Time: Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Berggruen, Berlin (2023)



Museum Shop

At the Museum Shop on the B1 floor, visitors can find original goods of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, as well as exhibition-related items and art-related books. The shop offers a variety of rare items that are not easily found elsewhere, such as a soft vinyl model of the Tower of the Sun, the symbol of the Expo, and long glasses featuring TAKAMATSU Jiro's "Shadow," a work from the collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Opening hours

10:00 - 17:00 (10:00 - 19:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)

Closed

Museum of Art, Osaka



Café and Restaurant Information

Nakanoshima Muse, a restaurant that operated at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, has closed. No restaurants are currently operating in the museum.

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