National Museum of Art, Osaka

National Museum of Art, Osaka © Iry

Enjoy modern arts at the National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art has collections of modern art works created after WWⅡ, both in and out of Japan. Architect Cesar Pelli designed this unique building of which all exhibiting rooms, serving as the main function of the museum, are situated in the basement floors as it is one of the few museums in the world that is located completely underground. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Only on Fridays, the museum stays open until 7:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Access and admission fees

The National Museum of Art does not have a parking lot so you should go by train and by bus. The closest railway station is Watanabebashi Station on the Nakanoshima line of Keihan Electric Railway, your destination is a five-minute walk from exit No2. The Osaka Municipal Subway, JR, Hanshin, Hankyu are also convenient lines. The Nakanoshima Loop-bus "Furara" and the Osaka Municipal Bus are also available. If you want to go by car, you can park at the paid parking lots on the northern side of the museum. The admission fee to the museum's permanent collections is 430 yen for an adult, 130 yen for a university student, and free for other visitors. Depending on the special collections being exhibited, the admission fee to the museum changes. The museum also has set an admission-free day so if you are interested in visiting on that day, you can check it in advance and enjoy art works exhibited on the second basement floor free of charge.

Enjoy National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art is a four-story building, with a three-storied basement. The first floor is a glassed-in entrance lobby. In the first basement, has a restaurant, nursing room, kids' room, locker room, a multi-purpose toilet, and museum shops. You can see Takamatsu Jiro's artwork exhibited on the wall next to the museum shop. In the second basement, a permanent collection and a series of special collections are exhibited, artworks of up-and-coming modern artists are shown as well. The stairwell connecting the first basement and the second basement is used for showcasing the artwork of of Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and Suda Etsuhiro as permanent exhibitions. The third basement is gallery space not only for modern artwork but also for a variety of exhibitions that are held under the auspices of newspaper companies.

Other information

Taking photos or video movies are only permitted at the entrance lobby on the first floor and in the public zone of the first basement. This photography should just be taking photos or videos of the artwork as a part of landscape, without using flash or a tripod.

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Description: National Museum of Art, Osaka

Sights National Museum of Art, Osaka (国立国際美術館)
Address 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / Fax Phone: 06-6447-4680
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Tuesday:10:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:10:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:10:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:10:00-19:00 (Last entry by: 18:30)
Saturday:10:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:10:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 430yen
Recommended Season
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Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: National Museum of Art, Osaka