Iwate Museum of Art 岩手県立美術館

Iwate Museum of Art
Iwate Museum of Art

Sculpture, painting and pottery by Iwate's greatest artists

A dramatic, contemporary building located in the middle of the city of Morioka, the Iwate Museum of Art showcases the work of the prefecture's greatest artists. The museum also hosts several special exhibits throughout the year.

Quick Facts

The museum was opened in 2001

The museum houses works by the three of Iwate's greatest artists: Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Yasutake Funakoshi

How to Get There

The closest transport hub to the Iwate Museum of Art is Morioka Station, accessible from Tokyo via the Tohoku shinkansen. The journey takes approximately two hours.

From the east exit of Morioka Station, take the Seinan Loop 200 Bus. Get off at the Iwate Museum of Art.

The giants of the Iwate art scene

The museum's permanent exhibitions are on the second floor. You can find works by three of Iwate's greatest artists: painters Tetsugoro Yorozu and Shunsuke Yamamoto and sculptor Yasutake Funakoshi.

A Christian at heart

One of the most impressive pieces on display is “Hara-no-jo” (“Christian Samurai”) by Yasutake Funakoshi. Get close up to appreciate the close attention to detail the artist paid to this work.

A sculpture at the Iwate Museum of Art

Special exhibitions and events

While the museum's main focus is on local artists, a roster of temporary exhibitions and events, attracts visitors of all ages and interests. The gallery shop sells original products based on exhibitions, while the in-house cafe and restaurant serves Western-style dishes made using locally grown produce.

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