13 Recommended Museums in Osaka

Last Updated on January 29, 2024 by Nouman kaleem

Osaka, known for its entertainment as a B-class gourmet, may have an image of laughter and liveliness. Why don’t you enjoy Osaka in a slightly different way from time to time? Osaka is full of unique art that you can’t find anywhere else. Introducing 13 cases carefully selected by the editorial department from several museums. You should be able to meet a different Osaka!

National Museum of Art, Osaka

A museum that collects and exhibits various works by domestic and foreign artists, mainly contemporary art. The exterior design that imagines the vitality of bamboo and the development and growth of contemporary art is also attractive.

“Area of ​​sensation Now,” experience ” February 8 to May 22, 2022
 General 1,200 yen (1,000 yen) University student 700 yen (600 yen)
 * () indicates group fee for 20 or more people Night discount rate (Target time: Friday and Saturday 17: 00-20: 00)
 * Free for high school students and younger and under 18 years old (certification required)
 * Free for persons with physical and mental disabilities and one attendant (certification required)
 * For this fee, you can also see the collection exhibition held simultaneously.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Located in Tennoji Park, it opened in 1936. The classical building built on the site of the former conglomerate’s main residence is also attractive. The center of the collection is Oriental art consisting of Chinese paintings and stone Buddha, Japanese art consisting of Buddhist art, Korin materials, and modern lacquer crafts. In addition to the collection exhibition, the contents of the exhibition will change from time to time. It takes 1 hour.
* Special exhibition “67th All Kansai Art Exhibition” February 5, 2022, to February 15, 2022
* Special exhibition “8th Japan Exhibition Osaka Exhibition” February 26, 2022 to March 21, 2022

Itsuo Museum

A museum that houses and publishes about 5,500 works of art and crafts that the founder of the Hankyu Toho Group, Ichizo Kobayashi (No. Itsuo), has collected throughout his life. From old brushes, ancient sutras, picture scrolls, and medieval paintings (especially the collections of Buson, Goshun, and Maruyama-Shijo school) to ceramics including China, Korea, Orient, and the West, and lacquering products from Japan and China. .. It is an exhibition where you can feel the tea master Itsuo’s feelings for art and a deep understanding of the tea ceremony. The special exhibition held four times a year is also noteworthy.

Sanno Museum

An art museum in Hotel Monterey, Osaka. A rare collection that can only be seen here, such as Western paintings such as Renoir, Japanese paintings, and ceramics, is on display. Twice a year, we also hold special exhibitions by collection in spring/summer and autumn/winter.
1880 Alfred Sisley’s work

Sanno Museum

Address: 1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka 22F
TEL: 06-6645-7111
Business hours: 11:00 to 17:00 (last) ( Admission 16:30)
Regular holiday: Monday to Wednesday (open on public holidays)
Fees: General 1000 yen, high school/university students 500 yen (show student ID), free for up to 2 people accompanied by parents under junior high school students

Kamigata Ukiyoekan

The only museum in the world that has Kamigata Ukiyo-e permanently installed. The place is in front of the gate of Hozenji Temple in Dotonbori, Osaka, which is related to Kabuki and Ukiyo-e. Several ukiyo-e paintings made in Osaka from the latter half of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji era are exhibited. There are many Kabuki actor paintings instead of beauty and landscape paintings, making it a popular spot for foreigners.

Sakai Alphonse Mucha Hall

The museum of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech painter active during the Art Nouveau era from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Exhibits his works from his early years to his later years by theme. It also houses large oil paintings, drawings, bronze sculptures, and jewelry. Art Nouveau furniture and digital content can also be enjoyed on the 3rd floor.

Koji Kinutani Tenku Museum

Located on the upper floors of a skyscraper in Umeda, the center of Osaka, this museum gives you the feeling of being in the sky. The highlight is a powerful 3D video experience like an attraction in a theme park. With a 180-degree round screen 3m high and 14m wide, you can enter the world of colorful and energetic paintings unique to Koji Kinutani with music. It’s a hands-on museum, so even if you’re unfamiliar with art, you can easily enjoy it. The Sky Gallery (observation space) is a spectacular spot overlooking the city of Osaka, where you can enjoy both paintings and scenery.

Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum

The second Kosetsu Museum opened in Osaka in 2018 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Kosetsu Museum in Mikage, Higashinada-ku, Kobe. An exhibition of antique works of art from Japan and East Asia collected by Ryohei Murayama, the founder of Asahi Shimbun. You can appreciate swords, armor, Buddhist art, handwriting, modern paintings, tea utensils, etc. Don’t miss the tea room reproducing “Gennan”, a nationally designated important cultural property, using traditional architectural techniques.

Abeno Harukas Museum

An art museum on the 16th floor of Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest skyscraper with a height of 300m. The concept is “Art x Human art for everyone”, and it is an urban art museum suitable for the terminal’s location and where anyone can easily experience and enjoy art and culture. There is no permanent exhibition; the plan changes every two to three months, and exhibitions of genres such as Japanese art, Western art, and contemporary art are held.
* “Impressionist / Light Genealogy-Monet, Renoir, Goch, Gogan”, January 28-April 3,
2022 * “Hideaki Anno Exhibition” April 16-June 19, 2022
* Publication 120 Anniversary “Peter Rabbit TM Exhibition” July 2nd-September 4th, 2022

Claude Monet “Water Lily Pond” 1907, Oil on Canvas, 101.5 x 72.0 cm, Israel Museum Gift of The Jerusalem Foundation from the Sam Spiegel Collection

Izumi City Kuboso Memorial Museum

The museum was opened in 1982 with the donation of Kuboso Co., Ltd., which has been engaged in the cotton industry in Izumi City since the Meiji era and the Kuboso family. Approximately 11,000 items are stored, including 2 national treasures and 29 important cultural properties centered on oriental antiquities. Chinese crafts, modern Western paintings such as Monet and Renoir, and sculptures like Rodin are also displayed. Various exhibitions are held throughout the year.


An unprecedented new leisure facility with the concept of “touching the sensibilities” in EXPOCITY, which is adjacent to the Expo’70 Commemorative Park. In the “living museum” that combines the elements of an aquarium, a zoo, and a museum, we will introduce the creatures living on water and land and the charm of beautiful nature in eight zones such as “touch on purpose” and “touch on color”. I am. It is a spot where children and adults can be absorbed in new encounters with creatures, with ingenuity that allows them to intuitively enjoy art up close as if they were enjoying art.

Osaka Municipal Museum of Oriental Ceramics

As a collection of oriental ceramics centered on Chinese and Korean ceramics, this museum boasts the world’s first-class quality and quantity. We have devised exhibition facilities such as a natural daylighting exhibition case and a rotating exhibition stand so that you can appreciate the work’s charm. It houses about 5,550 items, including 2 national treasures and 13 important national cultural properties, mainly Chinese ceramics.

Masaki Museum

Many tea utensils, Buddhist artworks, archaeological materials, etc., centered on medieval and ink paintings. There are about 1,300 items in the collection, including 3 national treasures and 13 important cultural properties. Spring and autumn exhibitions are held every year. You can enjoy tea on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays at the Masaki Memorial House, a nationally registered tangible cultural property.

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