National Museum of Art Osaka 国立国際美術館

The National Museum of Art Osaka
The National Museum of Art Osaka

High-culture within a beautifully designed cavern

An arrangement of metallic arches stretches into the sky, marking the location of this subterranean museum. Escape the summer humidity by disappearing into the air-conditioned depths of the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Consisting of three basement levels, the facility is home to pieces by Cezanne, Picasso and Ernst, along with seasonally curated exhibits.

How to Get There

You can reach the museum by train.

From Osaka/Umeda Station, walk to neighboring Nishi-Umeda Station and take the Yotsubashi subway line south to Higobashi Station. From there, walk northwest, crossing the bridge into Nakanoshima . You will find the National Museum of Art adjacent to the Osaka Science Museum, and across the street from the Mitsui Garden Hotel. The strange steel beams shooting out of the ground provide the best visual landmark.

Famed Argentine architect César Pelli designed the building, attempting to re-create the image of waving reeds.

Planning your schedule

Exploring the works at the National Museum of Art, Osaka will take one to two hours. Consider taking a look inside the adjacent Osaka Science Museum, or heading east up Nakanoshima to find a pleasant promenade and park area stretching across the narrow island.

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