Japan Museums: Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama
Toyama Glass Art Museum 富山市ガラス美術館
The Toyama Glass Art Museum showcases the art of decorative glassware that Toyama city has built a reputation for
The Museum is housed on several floors of the modern Toyama Kirari (キラリ) Building, which opened in 2015. The building itself is worth coming for, designed by architect Kuma Kengo, the architect responsible for a number of striking construction projects both in Japan and overseas including the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Commune by the Great Wall of China and the new National Stadium which hosts the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Toyama Kirari Building also includes within its innovative interior of wood and glass the Toyama city library, a glass art shop and a restaurant/cafe. Other works are displayed on "Glass Art Passages" throughout the building.
The Toyama Glass Art Museum covers six floors with the permanent exhibition on the 4th floor and the Glass Art Garden, containing works by Dale Chihuly, an American glass artist with an affinity with Japan and its culture, located on the 6th floor. There are also special exhibition galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Toyama Glass Art Museum
5-1 Nishicho, Toyama-shi
Tel: 076 461 3100
Admission: 200 yen; extra charges for special exhibitions
Hours: 9.30am-6pm (open to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays); closed on the first and third Wednesdays of the month
Access - getting to Toyama Glass Art Museum
From Toyama Station ride a City Loop tram to Grand Plaza-mae or a Route 1 or Route 2 tram to Nishicho.
The Toyama Glass Art Museum is close to Hie Shrine and the Ikedaya Yasube traditional medicine shop.