Osaka Museum of History

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Opened in 2003, the Osaka Museum of History (大阪歴史博物館, Ōsaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan) is a tall building next to NHK Osaka and just across the street from Osaka Castle. The building offers excellent views of the castle from its top floors.

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The museum exhibits are visually oriented with several large models. They chronicle the city’s history, beginning in ancient times when Osaka served as Japan’s first capital and site of the Naniwa Palace and ending with exhibits on the city’s bustling shopping arcades of the early Showa Period.

The museum’s collection is set up on the upper floors of the building while the lower floors are occupied by a restaurant, shop and spacious lobby. Museum visitors first take the elevator to the top floor and then follow the exhibition route down.

Two Courses have been laid out for touring the Museum. One is the “Highlight Course,” which allows you to take in Osaka history in about an hour by drawing attention to the life-size reconstructions, scale models, and key photographs and movies. The other route follows the “Complete Course“, which gives a richer experience by taking you more slowly through the museum so that you can enjoy all of the individual exhibits at your own pace. Finally, views of the Osaka Castle and The Naniwa Palace are afforded visitors both within the exhibits and at intervals along the tour.

Osaka Museum of History via The Japan Times

Special Exhibitions

Regional Origins of Toraijin in Japan

26th April – 12th June , 2017

Korean immigrants called toraijin brought various cultures to Japan in ancient times. This exhibition will examine which parts of the Korean Peninsula they came from. It will showcase artifacts dating back to the Kofun period and elucidate interactions that took place in a variety of ways between Japan’s ancient capital region centering on Osaka and its vicinity, and states on the Korean Peninsula, including the kingdoms of Baekje and Silla and the Gaya states. (Terai)

Regional Origins of Toraijin in Japan

26thApril – 12thJune , 2017

Korean immigrants called toraijin brought various cultures to Japan in ancient times. This exhibition will examine which parts of the Korean Peninsula they came from. It will showcase artifacts dating back to the Kofun period and elucidate interactions that took place in a variety of ways between Japan’s ancient capital region centering on Osaka and its vicinity, and states on the Korean Peninsula, including the kingdoms of Baekje and Silla and the Gaya states. (Terai)

Osaka Museum of History via jontynz

 

Access

Osaka Museum of History is located across from the southwest corner of Osaka Castle Park. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo and Tanimachi Subway Lines, a five minute walk from the museum.

The closest JR station is Morinomiya Station on the JR Loop Line, a 20-30 minute walk from the museum.

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:30 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays); admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Tuesday (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 4

Admission

600 yen

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