Attraction 4-2-55, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why The National Museum of Art is special ?
The National Museum of Art (NMOA) was opened with the aim of collecting, exhibiting and studying works centered on contemporary art from home and abroad.
On the ground floor, there is only the entrance and all exhibition rooms are located below ground level. The entrance is impressive with the innovative design inspired by the development and growth of contemporary art and the life force of bamboo.
The collection is centered on the postwar contemporary art. NMOA houses many works of the world-class artists such as: Andy Warhol, a leading artist of American popular culture with techniques such as silkscreen; Tadanori Yokoo, a graphic artist who works in genres from commercial design to 3D art and Yayoi Kusama, an artist who expresses her unique view of the world with a polka dot motif.
In addition, NMOA houses works of prewar artists such as Paul C zanne, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and Tsuguharu Fujita.
What to explore at The National Museum of Art?
The first thing that visitors see is the unique building designed by the American architect Cesar Pelli. The massive object sculpture of stainless-steel piping was designed to express both the vitality of bamboo stalks and the idea of development and growth of contemporary art.
On the first floor, you can find kids room where your kid can join the education programs. Moreover, you can admire works by Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, and Suda Yoshihiro are on permanent display in the atrium that connects the B1 and B2 floor.
There is a restaurant in the B1F, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with your friend after visiting the museum.
How to get to The National Museum of Art?
5-minute walk southwest from Watanabebashi Station (Exit 2) on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line.
10-minute walk west from Higobashi Station (Exit 3) on the Yotsubashi Subway Line.
20-minute walk southwest from JR Osaka Station or Hankyu Umeda Station.
10-minute walk south from Fukushima Station on the JR Loop Line, and Shin-Fukushima Station (exit 2) on the JR Tozai Line.
10-minute walk south from Hanshin Fukushima Station.
15-minute walk west from Yodoyabashi Station on the Mido-Suji Subway Line, and Keihan Yodoyabashi Station.
3-minute walk southwest from Taminobashi, reached by the No.53 and No.75 city bus; Every bus leaves from JR Osaka Station.
Use the Furara Nakanoshima loop bus, departing from Yodoyabashi (in front of the Sumitomo No.1 Building on Tosabori-dori) and get off at the Shiritsu-Kagakukan / Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan-mae stop.
- Great exhibitions with many famous artists
- Ideal destinatiuon for art lovers
- Enjoy arts with good service
- One of the best museum in Osaka
- Good for kids with many education programs
4-2-55, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka
Tips for you
Incredible museum. Amongst many contemporary artists you have Rothko's, Dali's and Picasso's.
This is a museum of modern art. It has a really striking entrance near the river and the science museum, but the museum is underground. The permanent collection only takes about 40 minutes to enjoy (there's not a lot) but it's a nice collection including international and Japanese artists. There are 2 Roy Lichtenstein works, an Andy Warhol work and a Pablo Picasso painting. It doesn't have any of those grotesque, jarring works that so many modern art galleries have. It has abstract art, but nothing that makes you feel bad. The Museum has a large exhibition space for special exhibitions, although I didn't have time to visit it. All art in the museum has the artists name and the title of the work in English. The museum has a shop, restaurant, and lockers (100 yen, returned at the end). I used my Osaka Unlimited 2 day pass for the museum (2700 yen for attractions, subways and buses). I walked there from Higobashi Station, exit 3 (about a 10 minute walk). Carry a picture of the museum's entrance, and the locals will direct you. I would recommend this museum to art lovers, and a visit to the foyer by those interested in architecture.