Museums & Galleries in Nagoya Listing
Nagoya and the surrounding Chubu area of central Japan has some wonderful, varied museums and art galleries.
The Tokugawa Art Museum is one of the best museums in the country dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Edo Period and is Nagoya's prime museum.
However, there are many other museums in Nagoya that appeal to a wide range of interests. Toyota's two main museums in Nagoya - the Toyota Automobile Museum and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology are both excellent museums. Art lovers will appreciate the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Nagoya City Art Museum.
Popular with families with young children are the Science Museum in Fushimi and the SCMAGLEV & Railway Park.
See below for a list of museums in Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture.
Nagoya Museums 名古屋の博物館
Tokugawa Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum houses the old ruling Owari Tokugawa family's priceless legacy of art and heirlooms, which include byobu screens and paintings by the Kano School and Maruyama Okyu.
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is the sister museum of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA) and shows exhibitions from the collection of over 500,000 works of art in Boston and other world class exhibits.
Nagoya City Museum
Nagoya City Museum near Sukurayama subway station is a large municipal museum that presents the history and culture of the Nagoya area as well as staging regular special exhibitions from Japan and overseas.
Nagoya City Science Museum
Nagoya City Science Museum in Fushimi is aimed chiefly at children and features a planetarium and many hands-on, interactive exhibits explaining science to young people.
The park-like grounds of Noritake Garden are home to the Noritake Museum, the Noritake Craft Center, a Noritake shop, a restaurant and a cafe. Noritake Museum has two floors dedicated to Noritake ceramics including Old Noritake, dinnerware and design drawings from the Meiji and Taisho periods.
Toyota Automobile Museum
Toyota Automobile Museum is a superb museum dedicated to the history of the car and displays hundreds of vintage and contemporary cars from around the world.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology close to Nagoya Station presents the history of the Toyota Company from its beginnings in textiles and looms to its mass production of cars.
Toyota Kaikan is a free museum detailing the history of the Toyota automobile company as well as showcasing the latest Toyota products and manufacturing processes. Toyota Kaikan is the starting point for the Toyota Plant Tour.
Nagoya City Art Museum
Nagoya City Art Museum in Shirakawa Park in Fushimi has a small permanent collection of contemporary western and Japanese art including works by Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo and Maurice Utrillo.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Money Museum
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Money Museum is a free museum with exhibits on the history of money in Japan as well as currencies from other countries. The museum also has n excellent collection of ukiyo-e wood block prints by Hiroshige.
Electricity Museum Nagoya
Electricity Museum Nagoya is maintained by Chubu Electric Power Company, with dioramas and hands-on equipment on all aspects of electricity: its production, transport and use.
Aichi Prefectural Museum
Aichi Prefectural Museum is located in Sakae and features permanent collections of modern arts and crafts including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, kimono and glassware.
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is situated in nearby Toyota city and has a number of modern art exhibits and installations set in striking, contemporary buildings.
Nagoya Castle Museum
Nagoya Castle Museum is set inside the vast reconstructed donjon of the castle has displays arms and armor of the Edo period as well as dioramas on the construction of Nagoya Castle.
IDcN Design Museum
IDcN Design Museum located in the Nadya Park building in Sakae, the International Design Center showcases modern design from the early 20th century onwards.
SCMAGLEV & Railway Park
SCMAGLEV & Railway Park displays the sleek new Maglev Shinkansen in addition to previous Shinkansen series including the 300, 500 and 700 and many other vintage Japanese trains.
Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum
Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum located in Akaike has vintage trams, subway carriages and tram memorabilia on display as well as interactive games for kids and model railways.
Nex Plaza is a free museum close to Kurokawa subway station on the Meijo Line popular with parents and their children. The museum relates to the building and maintenance of expressways and highway tunnels in the Chubu area. Lots of interactive displays and quizzes.
Vinegar Museum Handa
Vinegar Museum Handa "Su-no-sato" Vinegar Museum is dedicated to the history of vinegar and is housed in a traditional building at Mizkan's present-day production facility in Handa on the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya.
Kunizakari Sake Museum
Kunizakari Sake Museum in Handa on the Chita Peninsula details the history of sake production in the town and offers free guided tours.
Chiune Sugihara Memorial Museum
Chiune Sugihara Memorial Museum in Yaotsu in Gifu Prefecture celebrates the life of a Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of 1000s of Jews during World War II by writing transit visas for them from the Japanese embassy in Lithuania.
The Futaba Museum, the former two-story house and garden of actress Sadayakko Kawakami and industrialist Momosuke Fukuzawa, is the highlight of Nagoya's "Cultural Path" which runs from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawa Art Gallery and Tokugawa-en and features many historic houses and their gardens.
The Shumokukan is a mixed Japanese and European style residence built in 1926 by Tamesaburo Imoto, a wealthy ceramics and porcelain trader. The house contains a western-style building, a Japanese-style section, a storehouse, a tea ceremony room and a lovely garden.
The Maspro Museum has an outstanding collection of late Edo Period and early Meiji Period wood block prints and ukiyo-e. Most of the prints are focused on the arrival of westerners in Japan from the 1850s onwards and their setting up in the new treaty ports of Yokohama and Kobe.
Hori Art Museum
The Hori Art Museum displays both western style and Japanese style 20th century art by Japanese artists. The Hori Art Museum has works by among others Migishi Setsuko (1905-1999), Fujita Tsuguharu (1886-1968), Oka Shikanosuke (1898-1978), Umemura Shoko (1902-2000), Kondo Koichiro (1884-1962) and Umehara Yuzaburo (1888-1986).
Menard Art Museum
The Menard Art Museum has a superb collection of both western style and Japanese style art and crafts. Highlights include works by such masters as Edgar Manet, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Ben Nicholson, Yokoyama Taikan, Funakoshi Katsura, Kobayashi Kokei, Higashiyama Kaii, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, James Ensor, Kees van Dongen, Georges Braque, and Auguste Rodin.
Araki Shusei Museum
The Araki Shusei Museum has an interesting collection of archeological finds collected by teacher Araki Shusei and his junior high school students during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Highlights include a rare stone lingam and roof tiles that were made for the temple of the Daibutsu in Kamakura. The museum is located in eastern Nagoya in Hara.
Showa Museum of Art
The Showa Museum of Art houses the private tea ceremony related collection of mainly fine ceramics of Kozo Goto (1881-1977) and his wife. The exhibits are housed in their former residence and garden in an upmarket, residential area of Nagoya near Nanzan University.
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art exhibits outstanding artworks from the French Rococo, Romanticism, neo-Classicism, Realism, Impressionism and the Ecole de Paris periods of French art, as well as Art Nouveau glass ware and furniture.
Kakamigahara Aerospace & Science Museum
The Kakamigahara Aerospace & Science Museum is located in Kakamigahara, east of Gifu city. On display are 35 aircraft including fighter jets, transport planes and various helicopters. Kakamigahara is the location of Japan's second airstrip built in 1917 and is still active as an air force base.
Hideyoshi and Kiyomasa Memorial Museum
The Hideyoshi and Kiyomasa Memorial Museum is located in Nakamura Koen in the west of Nagoya, supposedly the birth place of warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This free museum has displays of armor, weapons and personal effects of both Hideyoshi and his cousin and general Kato Kiyomasa.
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