The National Museum of Art, Osaka is Japan’s fourth national museum, and it that resides underneath the ground of Nakanoshima, Osaka. Focuses on contemporary art, and design by the famous Argentinian architect named Cesar Pelli, this facility creates a contrast within the surrounding city landscape, definitely catches the attention of many that crosses the area.


 The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka, originally opened in 1977, is Japan’s fourth national museum, which the facility during that time housed the Expo Museum of Fine Arts, built for the Osaka Expo in 1970. But due to the aging of the facility, it is closed down but relocated in 2004 to a more central location of Osaka, which is in Nakanoshima.

Its main display is focuses on the contemporary art of Japan and foreign artists. The museum also does exhibition of their collection, and also special exhibition from time to time.

The museum has 3 basement floors and 1 floor on the surface. The first floor is a glass-paneled lobby, the gateway to reach the B1 floor. The B1 floor consists mostly with facilities and services areas such as information area, museum shops, restaurant, and few others. B2 and B3 floor have galleries that are used to hold and displays special exhibition.


Entrance Fee of The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The entrance fee a single adult is 430 yen (around RM17) while for a single university student, the entrance fee is 130 yen (around RM5). If you come in a group of more than 20, you are entitled for a discounted price of 220 yen (around RM9) for adult and 70 yen (around RM3) for university student.

Alternatively if your itinerary is packed, there’s a night discount on Friday and Saturday between 5 PM to 8 PM, where the entrance fees are 250 (around RM10) yen for each adult and 70 yen (around RM3) for university student. On the other days, the museum closes at 5 PM.

For visitors under 18 years old, senior citizens (above 65 years old), and physically or mentally disable visitors (with one attendant) are entitled free admission into the museum.

The fees may vary for special exhibitions.


The Architecture of The National Museum of Art, Osaka

One of the uniqueness of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is the unique design of its facility. It is easily distinguishable than the surrounding city environment and landscape. Even though the museum is basically under the earth surface, but with its magnificent glass and stainless steel sculpture, with 2 peaks at 52 and 34 meters in height, captures the eyes of the every visitor that passed by.

Designed by the Argentinian architect, Cesar Pelli, known worldwide for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings including the Petronas Twin Tower of Malaysia. According to him, the sculpture was designed to resemble the waving reeds in the wind along the river bank or the shape of the arching stalks of the bamboo groove.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Street address:4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005, Japan
  • Business Hour:10 AM to 5 PM (Friday and Saturday closes at 8 PM)
  • Access: 5minute walk from Keihan Nakanoshima-Watanabebashi Station , 10minute walk from Osaka Metro-Higobashi Station ,  10-minute walk from Hanshin Fukushima Station