Yokohama Treasures: Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama is rife with things to do and see, boasting countless places to eat and enjoy oneself. There is old and new, local and international, every shade of interesting to delight in. Soon, visitors from all over the country and world will flock here to marvel at blossoming "sakura" (cherry trees), the epitome of Japanese spring:


With so many treasures to be proud of, I thought I'd start by introducing you to a Yokohama classic: the Yokohama Museum of Art. Opened in 1989, it is one of the largest art exhibitors in Japan. With seven gallery spaces, an Art Information and Media Center (with over 100,000 art-related books), it is, perhaps, one of the most underrated attractions in the city.

The museum mostly exhibits late 19th century art, and holds an impressive collection of work, including those by Cezanne, Dali, Magritte, Milo, and Picasso, as well as those by artist strong ties to Yokohama from the end of the Edo/Meiji periods onward.

In addition to art, the Yokohama Museum of Art also has an incredible collection of photographs, since the city is one of the first places where photography was introduced.

Admission is usually only 500 yen, unless there's a special exhibition going on, so why not spend a few hours one afternoon and explore your artistic side? The museum is just a few minutes walk from other sightseeing and shopping attractions such as Landmark and Queen Towers, Mark IS, and Nipponmaru, so you'll have plenty to do before and after your visit.


Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
TEL: 045-221-0300

Closest Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, Sakuragicho Station; Minatomirai Line, Minatomirai Station

Hours of Operation:
10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
Closed on Thursdays (open if holiday), year end & new year holidays

Official Website (English)

by Former Deep Japan Writer

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