Photo By: Maurizio Mucciola
Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Nagasaki
Population
1,516,536

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

As pretty as a picture(s)

Nestled near Nagasaki Bay, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum opened in 2005, offering visitors the chance to see a mixture of classic to modern art as well as touring exhibitions from around the world.

Designed around the concept of a “breathing museum” by Kengo Kuma and Nihon Sekkei, Inc., it’s noted for its high glass walls that let in light and give off a feeling of open spaces. The layout also provides views of Dejima Wharf and Nagasaki Bay. The museum is made up of two buildings bridged together from their second floors. This is to allow a canal, which separates the two buildings on ground level, to continue flowing naturally.

The museum’s key collection is Spanish art collected by Yakichiro Suma, an envoy stationed in Spain during World War II, through a partnership with Museo del Prado, Spain. Upon his death in 1970, Nagasaki was bestowed with 78 pieces from his extensive collection.

Today, the museum has 500 pieces, making it one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Asia.

Hoping for something more Nagasaki-related? The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is also home to pieces either by Nagasaki-born artists or are Nagasaki-themed. The Nagasaki collection has pieces dating anywhere from the Meiji period to present-day and possesses a wide range of art, including paintings, photography, designs, and sculptures.

View of Nagasaki Bay

Explore Dejima Wharf and the nearby bay area after your visit.

The museum consists of two floors and a roof. On the first floor, you’ll find the lobby, gift shop, reference corner, and the public and canalside galleries. The second floor consists of a café in the bridge corridor, an atelier for workshops, and the temporary exhibition and permanent collection galleries. The roof has a garden to relax in and offers a panoramic view of Nagasaki bay.

Despite hosting international exhibitions, like ‘Pixar: 30 Years of Animation’ coming in July 2016, a majority of information is presented only in Japanese. While this may deter some, the artwork itself will hopefully transcend the need to read informational placards.

The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is along the border of Nagasaki Seaside Park, home to several sites of interest. Located across the street from the museum’s west side is Glover Garden. To the north, you can check out the lovely Dejima Wharf.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

Daily, 10:00 to 20:00 except the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. If Monday is a holiday, the museum will be closed the following Tuesday. The museum is also closed over the New Year.

Entrance Fees

¥400 Adults; ¥300 University Students; ¥200 School Students; ¥300 Seniors (Over 70). Discounts available for groups over 20 people.

Parking

Discounts are available to paying visitors of the museum. You’ll need to present your parking ticket to the front desk on the first floor.

How To Get There

Address

850-0862, Japan

By train

From the Nagasaki Ekimae Terminal, take Tram Line 1 to #30 Dejima. It takes about 5 minutes. Tickets cost ¥120 adults/¥60 children (One-Day Passes are available for ¥500 adults/¥250 children). From the Dejima stop, continue walking for five minutes.

By car

From JR Nagasaki Station, it takes about 5 minutes. From the Nagasaki Expressway’s Nagasaki exit, it takes about 5 minutes by car.

By foot

From JR Nagasaki Station, it takes approx. 20 minutes on foot.

Where To Stay

Nagasaki Bus Terminal Hotel
  • Shinchimachi 1-14 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0842
  • 7.9/10
  • 0.2 km
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Nagasaki Washington Hotel
  • Shinchi-machi 9-1 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0842
  • 7.7/10
  • 0.3 km
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Hotel Belleview Nagasaki Dejima
  • Edo 1-20 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0861
  • 8.1/10
  • 0.3 km
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Comfort Hotel Nagasaki
  • Kabashima-machi 8-17 Nagasaki-Shi, Nagasaki 850-0034
  • 7.5/10
  • 0.3 km
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