Art & Design
Mie Prefectural Art Museum 三重県立美術館
A pleasant surprise for art aficionados visiting Mie
Art connoisseurs who happen to pass through or stay in Tsu will certainly want to pop by the Mie Prefectural Art Museum to appreciate works by local Japanese artists along with pieces by renowned French and Spanish masters.
- Sculptures and other pieces in the Yanagihara Yoshitatsu Memorial Hall
- Fine works by famed European artists
How to Get There
The museum is just 10 minutes by foot west from Tsu Station, which is in the central part of the city.
To reach Tsu Station, travelers coming from central Nagoya can take the Limited Express from Nagoya Kintetsu Station for 50 minutes or the JR Kisei Line from Nagoya Station for 55 minutes. If you are coming from Osaka, you can take the Kintetsu Line from Osaka-Namba Station to reach the city in about 90 minutes.
A collection offering insights into both Eastern and Western art
Oil paintings, watercolors, bronze sculptures, and more can be found at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum. You might be surprised that pieces by famous artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Dali are on display here in Tsu.
Artworks and documents
You will also find works from the 17th century onward by artists who were from Mie or who had ties to the prefecture. There are oil paintings from the late 19th century and later by Japanese artists and those who had a significant influence on modern Japanese art.
The artworks and documents show us how the artists went about their creative enterprises.
A memorial hall
The memorial hall is dedicated to Yanagihara Yoshitatsu, a prominent Japanese sculptor in the years after World War II. This special exhibition features bronze sculptures, plaster casts, and drawings by the artist.
There are pieces by respected masters from Europe, particularly works by Spanish artists thanks to the sister-state relationship Mie formed with the Valencia region of Spain.
A sneak peek before your visit
If you are looking for something in particular, the museum's website has a searchable database where you can find descriptions of the pieces and, in many cases, images.