Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum 長崎県美術館

Nagasaki Ken Bijutsukan Art Museum
Nagasaki Ken Bijutsukan Art Museum

Modern works by local artists and Japan's largest collection of Spanish art

Hard to miss with its attention-grabbing architecture designed by Kengo Kuma, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is perfect for art lovers. Located near the waterfront of downtown Nagasaki, the museum straddles a canal, with an enclosed glass walkway between the two buildings. You get a stunning view of Dejima Wharf .

Despite being inaugurated in 2005, the museum has already made a name for itself. Alongside its permanent collection of modern works by Nagasaki artists or Nagasaki-themed work, the museum is also home to the largest collection of Spanish art in all of Japan.

Don't Miss

  • Mizubenomori, a beautiful seaside park right on the museum's doorstep
  • The various workshops, concerts, and many other community events held here
  • The sculptures located all around the buildings

How to Get There

You can get to the museum by tram or train and then by foot.

The museum is a five-minute walk from the green tram Shimin-byouin stop and an equally short walk from the blue tram's Dejima stop. You can also walk from Nagasaki Station within 15 minutes.

Changing it up

In addition to the permanent collection in the museum, there are many other temporary exhibitions. The museum has hosted works by Alphonse Mucha, Hayao Miyazaki, and even Pixar.

Sit back and relax

The museum also has a shop, a cafe on the second floor, and a rooftop garden from which you can look out over the ocean.

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