Tottori Prefectural Museum

Tottori Prefectural Museum 鳥取県立博物館

The Tottori Prefectural Museum in Tottori City is a big, modern museum of earth and life science, history, folklore and art, with a large permanent collection and periodic special exhibitions.

Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Tottori Prefectural Museum
Foyer of Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Foyer, Tottori Prefectural Museum


The Museum was founded in 1972 on the grounds of Tottori Castle Park. Built with clean, modern lines and a sense of lightness and voluminouness, the building is the work of the famous architect, Kunio Maekawa (1905-86), who studied for two years under the legendary European architect, Le Corbusier. Maekawa is well-known for his design of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall in Ueno Park, Tokyo.


The Tottori Prefectural Museum is spacious, with a total floor area of almost 10,000 square meters (over 100,000 square feet), and exhibition areas are broad and generously laid out.

The first floor has three sections of permanent exhibits: the natural heritage of Tottori prefecture, with fossils, specimens, and attractively presented information on various geographic and geographical features, wildlife, and plants that characterize Tottori - including from the age of the dinosaurs; the history and culture of Tottori, with especially memorable displays of traditional arts and crafts; and artworks, including photography, created in Tottori prefecture.

The second floor, with three large spaces, is for temporary exhibitions. One space is dedicated to modern art exhibitions.

The Museum has a lively schedule, typically with several differently themed exhibitions happening at any one time.

Folkcraft exhibit, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Folkcraft, Tottori Prefectural Museum
Natural history exhibit at Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Natural history exhibit, Tottori Prefectural Museum


The museum is wheelchair friendly, with slopes and elevators.

The museum shop is accessible without having to pay for admission to the museum. There is also a cafe on the premises.

Hours and Admission

9am - 5pm (until 7pm, last entry 6:30pm, when a special exhibition is being held). Closed Monday, except when Monday falls on a national holiday; the museum then closes the next day, Tuesday. Closed December 29 - January 3.

180 yen general admission fee, but higher for special exhibitions. Free for university students and visitors aged 70 or over.

Ancient pottery, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Ancient pottery unearthed in Tottori, Tottori Prefectural Museum
Folk masks, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
Folk masks, Tottori Prefectural Museum


Tottori Prefectural Museum is located at the foot of the small, 263-meter Mount Kyushozan and is just 300 meters from Tottori Castle Ruins.

By Kurunashi 100-yen bus from Tottori Station, take a Green Route bus and get off at bus stop no.11 "Jinpukaku/Kenritsu Hakubutsukan."

By Loop Kirin Jishi bus from Tottori Station, get off at bus stop no.3 "Tottori Joseki."

The Museum is 2km north-north-east from Tottori Station, so would take about half an hour to walk to.

2-124 Higashimachi, Tottori-shi, Tottori-ken, 680-0011
Tottori Prefectural Museum website

Entrance, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture.
The imposing entrance to Tottori Prefectural Museum


Nearby Tottori Prefectural Museum is the Jinpukaku mansion and the adjoining Kyusho Park, Tottori Castle Park Ruins, and, across the moat and one block down, Tottori Prefectural Office.

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