Museums

Museums

Ibaraki has many art museums exhibiting different kinds of art works, from classical to modern. Some of the museums are famed for the buildings they are housed in, but all of them have that special air that can only be found in an art museum. Why not stop by one during your stay in Ibaraki?
           

Art Tower Mito (Mito City)

Art Tower Mito is the symbol of Mito City and is much-loved by local people. The attached art facility hosts a variety of exhibitions by modern artists from around the world as well as concerts, theatre performances and craft markets. The entrance hall to the gallery houses a full-size pipe organ and the facility often hosts free organ recitals.
No trip to Mito is complete without exploring this distinctive landmark!

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Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art (Mito City)

The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki exhibits modern art works by well-known international and Japanese artists. The museum has over 3,900 works in its collection focussing on works by local Ibaraki artists.
The museum is located close to the beautiful Lake Senba in Mito city centre and is a great place to go before or after a walk around the Lake Senba and Kairakuen Park area.

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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art (Kitaibaraki City)

The Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art is located in the beautiful Izura area of Kitaibaraki City. The Izura area is famed for its stunning coastline, cliffs and pine forests. The museum celebrates the life of Tenshin Okakura, one of the pioneers of modern art during the Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) and the founder of the Art Institute of Japan. Exhibits include works by Tenshin and his contemporaries as well as special exhibitions by other Japanese artists.

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Aquaworld Ibaraki Prefectural Aquarium (Oarai Town)

This world-class aquarium is located on Oarai's Pacific Coast. There are more than 580 species and 68,000 creatures to see at Aquaworld including sharks, sea lions, penguins, sunfish and dolphins as well as regular special exhibitions of other species such as giant tortoises and insects. The biggest draw for many people is the dolphin and sea lion show - make sure to get there early to get a good seat!

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Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (Kasama City)

The Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum was the first museum of its kind in East Japan. Permanent exhibits include works by Living National Treasures and Culture Medal recipients. The museum is situated in a spacious park which also hosts a large open-air pottery festival and market, Kasama Himatsuri, every year during late April and early May.

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Ibaraki Prefectural Archives & Museum (Mito City)

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Tokugawa Museum (Mito City)

The Tokugawa Museum houses nearly 30,000 artefacts relating to the Mito-Tokugawa family. The exhibits in the museum have been passed through generations of the Mito-Tokugawa family since the Edo Period (1603 - 1867) and are of great historical and cultural value.
The Tokugawa Museum is the only museum in Japan to house such a large collection of materials and objects relating to the lives of Japan's daimyo feaudal lords, and is well worth a visit if you'd like to discover more about this period in Japan's history. 

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Ibaraki Nature Museum (Bando City)

Ibaraki Nature Museum is set in 16 hectares of grounds next to Sugao marsh, Ibaraki Prefecture's largest nature conservation area. Exhibits showcase the history of the earth from prehistoric times including dinosaurs and geology, as well as introducing flora and fauna local to Ibaraki. After exploring the museum, head out into the grounds and see what local Ibaraki wildlife you can spot!

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