Japanese Museums: Fukui City History Museum
Fukui City History Museum 福井市立郷土歴史博物館
Fukui City History Museum is a modern facility built within the walls of what was the northern bailey of Fukui Castle.
Fukui City History Museum Exhibits
During the excavations to build Fukui City History Museum the various gravel paths, stone walls, waterways and banks of the former castle were unearthed and have been restored to what they must have looked like during the Edo Period.
The Toneri Gate was also reconstructed based on illustrations from the time and using traditional techniques.
The Fukui City History Museum opened in 2004 and contains a permanent exhibition focused on the history of Fukui from ancient to modern times including ancient tomb mounds, Fukui as an important Edo Period castle town and then the twin disasters of the US Airforce fire-bombing of the city in 1945 and then the destruction of the city is a 1948 earthquake. There is also a section dedicated to famous people from Fukui during the last days of the Tokugawa and the early Meiji Period of Japanese history.
The city's history is presented using videos and other multi-media exhibits, scale models, wall panels and authentic pieces.
The gallery of the Matsudaira family, the ruling feudal lords of Fukui Domain in Echizen Province, has changing exhibits of the treasures of the daimyo's family including precious swords, suits of samurai armor, fans, netsuke, inro, kimono, tobacco pipes, tansu chests and other personal effects.
The Syungaku Matsudaira Commemorative Library contains documents related to Shungaku Matsudaira (aka Matsudaira Yoshinaga), the 16th lord of Fukui (Echizen) Province, who was the ruler during the tumultuous Bakumatsu Period, when the Tokugawa regime was overthrown. A statue of the man sits outside the entrance to the museum.
The Ekki Library is another collection of documents, writings and historical articles donated by Matsudaira Munetoshi.
The museum also includes a "back to the past space" a reconstruction of Edo era buildings and on the second floor a gallery for special exhibitions.
Fukui City History Museum
1-12-3 Houei, Fukui, 910-0004
Tel: Tel: 0776 21 0489
Admission: 210 yen or 340 yen with admission to Yokokan Gardens
Hours: 9am-7pm; 9am-5pm November 6-to the end of February
Access To Fukui - how to get to Fukui City History Museum
From Kyoto there are Thunderbird Express trains taking about 80 minutes to Fukui.
Fukui City History Museum is a 10 minute walk from Fukui Station or take Keifuku bus #N11 from the station and get off at Rekishi Hakubutsukan-mae stop.
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