4-2-55 Nakanoshima

Phone: 06-6447-4680 (+81-6-6447-
Fax: 06-6447-4699 (+81-6-6447-

National Museum Of Art - Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka was opened in 1977 with the primary aim of collecting, storing and displaying both Japanese and foreign contemporary art as well as conducting related research activities. By making use of the Expo Museum of Fine Arts, which had been built for Expo '70, the museum facility continued to encourage development in Japanese contemporary art.

 Some thirty years after its construction, as a result of aging and other problems, it was decided to relocate the museum and build a new structure in the form of a completely underground facility in the western section of Osaka's Nakanoshima district.

 The new museum, while continuing to pursue its original goal of presenting contemporary art, will introduce an even wider range of foreign and domestic art trends in addition to engaging in activities that correspond to a variety of public needs and expectations.

 With an exterior design inspired by the life force of bamboo and the development and cultivation of contemporary art, the new facility will serve as a public space that creates interaction between people and art, and provides an even more comfortable environment to appreciate art. As Nakanoshima has become a new hub of culture, a site of special historical and cultural significance, it is our hope that the museum will become a familiar destination for everyone.


There are two floors of exhibition space. For information about current and forthcoming exhibitions please visit:


 ・Museum Collection
  Adults: 420 (210) yen, University students: 130 (70) yen, High school students: 70 (40) yen
* ( ) admission for groups of more than twenty people
・Children (up to junior high school), senior citizens (over 65), disabled people with one attendant: Free
* Admission varies for special exhibitions

Opening hours

Museum Hours
・10:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
  * Open until 19:00 on Fridays during special exhibition periods on the 3rd floor.
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing
・Closed on Mondays (Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday) and Dec. 28 (Fri.)-Jan. 4 (Fri.), 2008
・Closed to change exhibits: Mar. 26 (Mon.)-Apr. 6 (Fri.), Jun. 25 (Mon.)-Jul. 6 (Fri.), Sept. 18 (Tue.)-Sept. 28 (Fri.), Dec. 3 (Mon.)-Dec. 17 (Mon.), 2007 and Feb. 12 (Tue.)-Feb. 25 (Mon.), 2008.
* The Museum may also be temporarily closed on other days. Please call for details.

Getting there

Ten-minute walk west from Higobashi Station (Exit 2) on the Yotsubashi subway line.
Twenty-minute walk southwest from JR Osaka Station or Hankyu Umeda Station
Ten-minute walk south from Hanhin Fukushima Station on the JR Loop Line and
Shin-Fukushima Station (Exit 2) on the JR Tozai Line.
Ten-minute walk south from Hanshin Fukushima Station.
Fifteen-minute walk west from Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line and
  Keihan Yodoyabashi Station.

Three-minute walk southwest from Taminobashi, reached by the No.53 city bus; or
  four-minute walk north from Tosabori-Icchome, reached by the No.88 city bus.
Both buses leave from JR Osaka Station.

* The National Museum of Art, Osaka does not have a parking Lot.
Please use public transports to access to the museum.

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO) moved to Nakanoshima in Central Osaka in 2004. As a museum dedicated to the dissemination of contemporary art, since its opening in 1977 NMAO has been actively engaged in various programs to present both domestic and overseas contemporary art and art-movements.

NMAO Membership provides members with choices and opportunities. Exclusive privileges include free general admission to the museum, free admission to special exhibitions, a 5% discount on purchases in the Museum shop, a 5% discount at the fine French restaurant "Queen Alice AQUA" located in the Museum, a complimentary subscription to the museum's bimonthly publication, and much more!
Join NMAO today and make the museum a part of your world. Enjoy lectures, workshops, performances, films, and more at NMAO. No matter which membership category you choose, your participation is essential. Your generous support helps NMAO to continue to offer various activities and enhances the quality of the museum for all visitors.