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Osaka Museum of History

Osaka Museum of History

Traversing the Osaka history, from ancient times to the modern era

A highrise museum that stands on the remains of the ancient Naniwa-no-Miya Palace. The permanent exhibition introduces “Osaka city's” history and culture from ancient times to today through models and actual artifacts. There is a wealth of experiential learning and guides of the palace remains provided through volunteer work.

Address 〒540-0008
4-1-32, Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6946-5728
FAX 06-6946-2662
Access "Tanimachi Yonchome" subway station (exits No. 2 or 9).
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00
(Last admission by 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed days Tuesdays (unless Tuesday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), New Year's holidays
Admission Fees Adults: 600 JPY, University and high-school students: 400 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger
*Must pay separately for special exhibits

Official website

Osaka Museum of HistoryLeft: 7F Modern and Contemporary Period Floor
Above right: 10F The Ancient Period Floor
Below right: 9F Middle Ages and Early Modern Period Floor

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Osaka Museum of Natural History

Osaka Museum of Natural History

Look to nature and enjoy learning

A museum specializing in natural history centered on themes of “The Natural World around US”, “The History of the Earth and the Evolution of Life”, “Evolution and the Diversity of Life”, “The Lives of Living Things”, “Nature of OSAKA”. Visitors can experience the birth and evolution of familiar organisms, and learn how environments are made and how to interact with them.

Address 〒546-0034
1-23, Nagai Park, Higashi-Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6697-6221
FAX 06-6697-6225
Access Approximately 800 m from “Nagai” subway station (exit No. 3).
Approximately 1 km from the JR “Nagai” Station (east exit).
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00
(Museum closes at 4:30 during November to February) (Last admission by 30 minutes before closing)
Closed days Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), New Year's holidays
Admission Fees Adults: 300 JPY, University and high-school students: 200 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger
*Must pay separately for special exhibits

Official website

Osaka Museum of Natural HistoryNaumann Hall

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Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Come face-to-face with perspectives of various collectors!

A historically and traditionally rich museum that opened in 1936. The museum has approximately 8,400 permanently displayed pieces in its collection consisting of Japanese and Chinese paintings, sculptures, and crafts acquired through purchase and donations, as well as works that have been entrusted to the museum from temples and shrines.

Address 〒543-0063
1-82, Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka (Within Tennoji Park)
TEL 06-6771-4874
FAX 06-6771-4856
Access Approximately 400 m northeast from JR “Tennoji” station central ticket gate, “Tennoji” subway station (exits No. 15 and 16), Kintetsu “Osaka Abenobashi” station west ticket gate, and Hankai Tramway Uemachi Line “Tennoji-ekimae” station.
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00
(Last admission by 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed days Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), while exhibitions are being changed, over the New Year's holidays
Admission Fees Adults: 300 JPY, University and high-school students: 200 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger
*Must pay separately for special exhibits/displays

Official website

Osaka City Museum of Fine ArtsLeft: Head of Standing Buddha From Longmen Grottoes Fengxiansidong Cave, Henan Province, Tang dynasty, early 8th century
Right: Important Cultural Property, Shell Gathering, Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, Early 19th century

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The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Have one-on-ones with ceramics in a calm environment.

A museum specializing in ceramics, focused on Chinese and Korean ceramics. The approximately 6,000 collected items in the museum include 2 national treasures and 13 important cultural properties, and are world-rate in both quality and quantity.

Address 〒530-0005
1-1-26, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka (East side of the Osaka City Central Public Hall)
TEL 06-6223-0055
FAX 06-6223-0057
Access Approximately 400 m from “Yodoyabashi” station (exit No. 1) on the Subway/Keihan Line, as well as “Kitahama” station (exit No. 26).
Right near “Naniwabashi” station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line.
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00
(Last admission by 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed days Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), while exhibitions are being changed, over the New Year's holidays
Admission Fees Adults: 500 JPY, University and high-school students: 300 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger
*A different fee may apply to temporary exhibitions and special exhibitions.

Official website

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, OsakaLeft: Important Cultural Property Porcelain with design of birds and flowers in cloisonné style (fahua ware) Ming dynasty 15th Century
Right: 2nd floor lobby1 illuminated by natural light

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Osaka Castle Museum

Osaka Castle Museums

Feast your eyes on the epic era of the samurai

The Osaka Castle, which is the symbol of Osaka, contains approximately 10,000 artifacts from the Sengoku Era, which includes items that have been traced to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Each floor has easy-to-understand displays of Hideyoshi's life, as well as battles during the Sengoku Era.

Address 〒540-0022
1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6941-3044
FAX 06-6941-2197
Access 1.5 to 2 km from the “Temmabashi” subway station (exit No. 3), “Tanimachi Yonchome” station (exits No. 1-B and 9), “Morinomiya” station (exits No. 1 and 3-B), “Osaka Business Park” station (exit No. 1), JR stations “Morinomiya”, “Osaka-jo Koen”, and “Osaka-jo Kitazume”, and Keihan “Temmabashi” station.
Hours of Operation 9:00~17:00
(Last admission by 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed days December 28th to January 1st
Admission Fees Adults: 600 JPY, free admission for children aged 15 and under(ID required)

Official website

Osaka Castle MuseumsLeft: Armor with five-part cuirass of Okegawa-do type,braided with brown cord
Center: Important Cultural Property, Folding Screen illustraiting the Summer War in Osaka
Right: Armor with makie-lacquered two-part cuirass,bearing the design of the sun,the moon,and a dragon

Osaka Science Museum

Osaka Science Museum

Your eyes on, touch with your hands, and enjoy science in the whole body.

This is the representative science museum of Japan. With the theme of “Universe and energy”, this museum promote the culture that enjoys science with citizens. Visitors can realize wonder, beauty, and excitement of science in the museum's planetarium, which is one of the biggest in the world, as well as in its exhibition hall and science shows.

Address 〒530-0005
4-2-1, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6444-5656
FAX 06-6444-5657
Access 500 m to the west from “Higobashi” subway station (exit No. 3).
Approximately 400 m southwest from “Watanabebashi” station (exit No.2) on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line.
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00
The last admission time to the exhibition hall is 4:30pm. The last program of the planetarium is shown at 4:00pm.
Closed days Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), New Year's holidays, may have temporary closings
Admission Fees Adults: 400 JPY, University and high-school students: 300 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger for the exhibition hall. *Must pay separately for the Planetarium

Official website

Osaka Science MuseumLeft: Planetarium Hall
Right: Space suit (replica)

Osaka Tennoji Zoo

Osaka Tennoji Zoo

Experience an African savannah in the city!

A zoo that opened in 1915, and has the 3rd longest history of zoos operating in Japan. Its “ecological exhibitions”, which reproduces the animals' natural habitat as faithfully as possible and introduces the animals that live there, is popular.

Address 〒543-0063
1-108, Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6771-8401
FAX 06-6772-4633
Access Approximately 900 m from JR “Tennoji” station central ticket gate and “Tennoji” subway station (exits No. 5, 15, and 16).
Approximately 300 m from “Dobutsuemmae” subway station (exit No.1).
Approximately 500 m from “Ebisucho” subway station (exit No. 3).
Hours of Operation 9:30~17:00(Last admission by 4:00 pm)
(Open until 6:00 pm on Sat, Sun, and holidays on May and September, last admission by 5:00 pm)
Closed days Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed the following weekday), New Year's holidays
Admission Fees Adults: 500 JPY, Elementary and middle school students: 200 JPY
Pre-schoolers and younger are admitted for free
Individuals who are residents of or students in Osaka, as well as elementary and middle school students of Osaka's municipal schools (including out-of-city Osaka municipal schools) are admitted for free. Must provide certification.

Official website

Osaka Tennoji ZooGiraffe

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Why don't you travel back in time to the town of Osaka in the Edo era?

Japan's first specialized museum with the theme of “the culture and history of housing as well as living”. The “Seasonal chronical of a Naniwa townhouse” located in the 9th floor exhibition hall is a life-size recreation of an Osaka townscape in the first years of Tempo (first half of the 1830s) during the Edo period.

Address 〒530-0041
6-4-20, Tenjimbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Housing Information Center Building 8F
TEL 06-6242-1170
FAX 06-6354-8601
Access “Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome” subway and Hankyu station (exit No. 3).
Hours of Operation 10:00~17:00
(Last admission by 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed days Tuesdays, New Year's holidays; museum may occasionally be closed on usual museum days or open during usual closures.
Admission Fees Adults: 600 JPY, University and high-school students: 300 JPY, free admission for middle school students and younger
*Must pay separately for special exhibits

Official website

Osaka Museum of Housing and LivingLeft: 9F Naniwa Osaka (Edo-period)
Right: 8F Modern-era Osaka

Osaka City Cultural Properties Association (Exhibition Room in the Naniwa-no-Miya Investigation Office)

Osaka City Cultural Properties Association

Teaching the Osaka of the future about the Osaka of the past

The Association conducts excavation investigations on the remains of the Naniwa-no-Miya Palace, as well as other historical remains within Osaka City. We also conduct investigative research on various cultural artifacts and preserve them scientifically, and exhibit their results in the Osaka Museum of History as well as other locations within the Osaka city.

Address 〒540-0006
1-6-41, Hoenzaka, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6943-6833
(9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays)

Official website

Osaka City Cultural Properties AssociationRound and flat eaves tiles with concentric circle pattern(The Naniwa Palace Site, Nara period)

Osaka City Museum of Modern Art, Planning Office

Osaka City Museum of Modern Art, Planning OfficeSAEKI Yuzo, Postman, 1928

Nakanoshima in 2021 ― A new hub for art will emerge!

A new center for diverse arts opens in 2021 with its significant collection of modern art from Japan and the West. The collection includes not only outstanding works by Osaka-born artists such as Saeki Yuzo and Yoshihara Jiro but stunning pieces of art and design by modern masters.

TEL 06-6469-5189

Official website

Osaka City Museum of Modern Art, Planning OfficeAmedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude with Loose Hair, 1917

Supported by Agency for Cultual Affairs, Government of Japan

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016

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