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 Geijutsu Kan)

The city of Mito is rightfully proud of its Art Tower Mito, an art facility with a concert hall, an art gallery, and a theater. Here the focus is on modern works, but traditional works are also exhibited and played. In the entrance hall you will find a full-scale pipe organ, made in Japan, and you can enjoy pipe organ recitals (mainly on the weekends). The tower that soars over the complex is a major Mito landmark.

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The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki exhibits modern art works by famed international and domestic artists. The museum has over 3,900 works in its collection, and mainly displays works by artists from Ibaraki. Situated on Lake Senba, a beautiful lake in the city center, the museum building itself is also quite impressive.

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TENSHIN MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF ART, Ibaraki

Located in the city of Kitaibari facing the Pacific Ocean, the Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki is famous for its beautiful view. Kitaibaraki is also called Izura, and over a century ago the Nihon Art Institute Research Center was built here. The museum features Japanese art and regularly holds special exhibitions.

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AQUA WORLD (Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium)

Located on a beach right on the Pacific Ocean, Aqua World is one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. In its tanks it boasts the most varieties of sharks in Japan, some 55 species in all. Altogether the aquarium showcases 68,000 marine creatures of 580 species. The most popular attraction is the dolphin show, and you can enjoy snacks and local specialties at the food court, too.

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IBARAKI CERAMIC ART MUSEUM

The Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum was the first of its kind to be built in eastern Japan. Outstanding ceramic art works by Cultural Medal recipients and Living National Treasures are always on display. There is a park nearby where every year, from April 19 to May 5, a large-scale pottery festival, the Kasama Himatsuri, is held.

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Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History

The Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum exhibits historical artifacts from ancient to modern times. The museum hosts special exhibitions twice a year and themed exhibitions six times a year. Rows of gingko trees provide beautiful yellow foliage in autumn. On the grounds, an old elementary school building called Mitsukaido Shogakko is well worth seeing, and the Kairakuen Garden is just a few steps away.

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The Tokugawa Museum

The Tokugawa Museum has nearly 30,000 historical items related to the Tokugawa family that have been passed down from the Edo Period (1603-1867), all possessing historic and/or cultural value. In addition, the museum holds such important art works as Gion Shoja-zu, which is believed to be the world’s oldest picture of Angkor Wat.

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IBARAKI NATURE MUSEUM

Since the grounds on which the Ibaraki Nature Museum stands are so vast, you can enjoy outdoor activities in a natural surrounding. The museum aims at maintaining harmony between nature and human beings. By learning here about the wonders of the universe, the marvels of our changing world, and the beauty of life and nature, you will come to appreciate that we are all part of one global environment.

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