Want to know more about Japan? 7 Best Museums & Art Galleries of Osaka
Museums of Osaka are typically represented by striking modern structures, such as Abeno Harukas. However, not only the appearances on the outside, they have much more to offer inside just as well. Here, we'll introduce you to 7 of the best galleries and museums of Osaka.
Nov 19 2016 (Sep 09 2020)
1. NMAO: National Museum of Art Osaka (国立国際美術館)
Inside the unique architecture which immediately attract your attention, NMAO mostly houses modern arts of post WWII era. Recent special exhibitions include Ecce Homo and Yuji Takeoka. There are many works which express the world normally hidden deep inside the human soul. Why not explore such world with your partner?
Open：10：00-17：00 (Fri. -19：00)
Holidays：Mondays. (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, closed on the next day)
The museum may have an unscheduled closure.
Admission：Adult- ¥430, College Student- ¥130, Visitors under 18yrs/over 65yrs of age- Free
HP: www.nmao.go.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
2. Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts (大阪市立美術館)ja.wikipedia.org
Many exhibits of Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts have been donated by the citizens. Among its collection of 8000 items, many are classified as national treasures or important cultural properties. The museum strives to encourage public to become more acquainted with arts, and hold many events such as lectures and seminars for everyone.
Holidays：Closed on Mondays (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, closed on the next day)
Museum may have an unscheduled closure due to change of its exhibits.
Admission：Adult ¥300, College/High school student ¥200, Under 15yrs of age/ Osaka residents of over 65yrs of age/visitors with a disability card- free
Address: 1-82 Tennoji Park, Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
3. Abeno Harukas Art Museum (あべのハルカス美術館)
At Abeno Harukas, a spacious gallery with its soaring ceiling, its exhibition of national treasures and important cultural properties are the main attractions. The gallery is directly connected from the station and equipped with a shuttle elevator which takes you straight up to the 16th floor, where the gallery is located.
Open：Tue-Fri 10:00-20:00 Sat. Sun. Holiday 10:00-18:00
Holidays: Closed on Mondays (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, the museum will be open)
Admission: Varied depending on the exhibit
HP: www.aham.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-1-43 Abeno Harukas 16F Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
4. Osaka Science Museum (大阪市立科学館)ja.wikipedia.org
The popular Osaka Science Museum attracts not only the locals, but also visitors from all of the Kansai region. Creative, fun events are often held to entertain the visitors. The planetarium, special shows and exhibitions are also not to be missed. This museum is well worth repeated visits.
Holidays: Closed on Mondays (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, closed on the next day), New Year
Admission：Adult- ¥400, College/high school student ¥300, Visitors under 15yrs of age- Free
HP: www.sci-museum.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-2-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka (Google Map)
5. Osaka Museum of Natural History (大阪市立自然史博物館)
With a collection of over 10000 items, Museum of Natural History, educational as well as entertaining, is where visitors of all ages can learn much about the history of the mother earth and its residents, while enjoying themselves. Fun events for children, such as quiz rallies and workshops are also held.
Open：Mar-Oct 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30) Nov-Feb 9:30-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Holidays: Closed on Mondays (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, closed on the next day), Dec 28-Jan 4
Admission: Adult -¥300, College/high school student ¥200, Visitors under 15yrs of age- Free
HP: www.mus-nh.city.osaka.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-23 Nagai Park, Higashi-Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
6. Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (大阪市立東洋陶磁美術館)ja.wikipedia.org
Museum of Oriental Ceramics houses about 6,000 items, the largest collections of ceramic arts in the world. Its main feature is the “Ataka Collection”. The total value of the exhibit is said to be up to 70 million dollars. Among them there are 2 national treasures and 13 important cultural properties, which are purely stunning even for the untrained eyes. Seeing is believing!
Holidays: Closed on Mondays (If a Monday falls on a national holiday, closed on the next day)
The museum may have an unscheduled closure due to change of exhibits.
Admission：Adult- ¥500, College/high school student ¥300, Under 15yrs of age/Osaka residents of over 65yrs of age/ visitors with a disability card (incl. assistant)- Free
Address: 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
7. Sanno Art Museum (山王美術館)
Located on the 22nd floor of Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka, you can enjoy the first-class paintings in a tranquil, classy space at Sanno Art Museum, a gallery particularly loved by the art enthusiasts. At the moment, a special exhibition of Renoir is being held.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Admission：Adult- ¥1000, College/high school student ¥500
HP: www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/sannomuseum/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka 22F 1-2-3 Minato-machi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi Osaka (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.