Osaka is as rich in history and culture as in culinary prowess and cosmopolitan appeal. Learn more about the city's important role in regional and national Japanese history at its top-notch museums, which showcase everything from ceramics to contemporary art to housing. Here are a few must-see museums in Osaka.
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Meander the streets of Osaka during the 1800s in the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. This innovative museum brings history into the present with recreated buildings and streets from Osaka’s past. The life-sized model of Osaka during the Edo Period is the only one of its kind in Japan. Visitors also learn about Osaka’s development and how life has changed throughout the centuries through interactive exhibits.
Museum of Oriental Ceramics
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics has thousands of works of art in its holdings, from China, Korea, and Japan, more than a dozen of which have been designated as national treasures. Learn more about history through a visit to the permanent ceramics collection, among the best in the world. Expect English descriptions on the about 300 pieces displayed.
Osaka Museum of History
Visitors to the Osaka Museum of History choose between two paths through the museum, a short Highlights Course and a longer Complete Course. Both offer hands-on activities and life-size displays that bring to life Osaka City’s rich history, spanning from pre-feudal days to the early 20th century.
National Museum of Art, Osaka
The building that houses the National Museum of Art is a work of modern art itself. The unique architecture symbolizes the growth patterns and strength of bamboo. All of the museum’s exhibitions are underground with the ground floor serving only as an entrance. The museum prides itself on collecting top-notch post-war era contemporary art from Japan and the world.