Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki

When it opened in 1930, Ohara Museum of Art held the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan. Created in honor of painter Kojima Torajiro, the museum now houses an expansive collection of Western and 20th century Japanese art, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century French painting and sculpture. Start your tour at the classically styled Main Gallery, meander past the pond where water lilies echo the works of Monet, and finish at the Craft and Asiatic Art Gallery to absorb some Eastern culture. Free audio guides are available. Make Ohara Museum of Art a centerpiece of your Kurashiki vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kurashiki trip planner .
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  • If you happen to be in Kurashiki, what itself has a nice old area called Bikan to wander around, definitely visit the Ohara museum. The founder of the museum Ohara hired the professional artist Kojima...  more »
  • So a couple of Japanese locals establish a gallery which support local art and culture and manage to fund aquisition of major artist work including Modigliano, Monet, Rodin, an Andy Warhol print, Jack...  more »
  • Ideal for the small museum, in Berlin a short period of time. Buildings and stately in its own way, have a lot of tourist shops in the immediate vicinity.
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  • Lets you have a flavor of European Art and also some Japanese art as old as of 19th century. It felt like being in France and Japan at the same time. A very experience.
  • Amazing collection of western and eastern art from pre-history to contemporary work.
  • Wow! Such an impressive collection in such a remote little town.
  • Love it, western art
  • Nice art museum and great collection

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