Gifu City Museum of History, Gifu 岐阜市歴史博物館, 岐阜
Gifu City Museum of History Foundation
Gifu City Museum of History was established in 1985 and completely revamped in 2005.
The two story museum presents the history of Gifu Prefecture from the Jomon Period to the present day.
The main exhibits are located on the second floor of the building.
Gifu City Museum of History Exhibits
The Gifu City Museum of History is on two floors and is divided into various themes.
These include the early history and archaeology of Gifu Prefecture, the Sengoku (Warring States) period with a focus on the warlords Saito Dosan and Oda Nobunaga, a collection of the traditional arts and crafts of Gifu, which include its high quality paper umbrellas and paper lanterns and the modern period from the beginning of the Meiji Period through World War II, when Gifu was heavily bombed, to the Showa era.
The highlights of the museum are the reconstructions of various scenes from life in the Rakuichi market district, that Nobunaga ordered to be set up after he took over control of Gifu Castle.
These include various stores such as a paper shop and fish shop which visitors can enter. The sounds of the shopkeepers' various calls to their customers can be heard through the audio system for added realism.
The Warring States period is also represented through samurai swords (for which nearby Seki was a notable center of production) and suits of armor, one suit made out of bear skin.
In addition, the museum provides a number of hands-on exhibits which will appeal to children, who can try their hand at top-spinning and donning a suit of armor.
The more recent World War II period exhibits include propaganda posters, weapons and explanatory walls panels. Most of the exhibits in the museum have some English explanation.
Gifu City Museum of History Access
Gifu City Museum of History
Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
Tel: 058 265 0010
Hours: 9am-5pm; closed Monday or the next day if Monday is a national holiday. Closed December 28-January 3.
Admission to Gifu City Museum of History is 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for elementary and junior high school students.
Gifu City Museum of History is located north east of JR Gifu Station. Take a bus from JR Gifu Station and alight at the Gifukoen Rekishihakubutsukan-mae stop. The bus fare is 210 yen for adults; 100 yen for children.
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