Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Naha

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Visit Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum to fully grasp the process of development of Okinawan art, culture, and folk life. Opened in 2007, the museum building, designed as a gusuku (castle), features a construction of local Okinawan limestone. A common lobby serves as entrance to both the art museum and history/natural history museum; you can purchase admission to one or the other, or both. Inspect reproductions of two traditional-style Okinawan buildings, learn about the geological origins of the Ryukyu archipelago, and examine numerous artifacts, works of art, and native musical instruments. Impassioned researchers can visit the extensive library to delve deeper into Okinawan history and heritage. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum by using our Naha vacation builder.
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  • Museum has various exhibits and explanations, to know Okinawa is the best. Museums and temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibition, the exhibit was less. Neither can rent audio guides free of charge.
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  • The Museum has a very interesting collection, ranging from the beginning of the history of Okinawa until the migrations (beginning of the 20th century. XX I suggest take the audioguide) to monitor better the ride.
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  • It's a 10 minute walk from Omoromachi Station that requires you to walk past the Naha Main Place shopping mall. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum with its very informative and attractive exh...  more »
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  • The architecture itself is amazing! Basically it doesnt have power light for lobby in the morning! (All nature light through the window... pretty cool) The ground outside the museum is super chilled as well, green grass with sunshine and nice breeze, just another perfect day in Okinawa! It's a museum & art museum, you can learn lots of history about okinawa either from arts or nature. If you wanna know the story of okinawa ( a mixed culture with US &Japan& local okinawa lovely island people :) ) plz come here and check this place out, you will love here more than eve! r
  • Awesome place to beat the heat, very interesting place to vist. Has English headphones options,great history
  • A must-see for any visitor to Okinawa, especially American military. See this before you venture to the other must-see sites like castle (gusuku) ruins, the Peace Memorial, or Shuri Castle to learn about what you'll see there. Well-designed and well-kept exhibits that show the history of Okinawa from pre-history through the post-war rebuilding, including many of the challenges faced by the people of Okinawa at the hands of larger neighbors through trade, political, and military encounters. Rotating art exhibits bring art from all over the world to Okinawa that feature everything from Japanese textiles and manga to European art. Free audio tours available in English and Spanish--recommended as not everything is translated to English on the placards in the exhibits. Plan for a whole day if you want to see everything and listen to all the audio content. There's a reasonably-priced café on the third floor for a mid-day snack.
  • Highly educational in relation to the history and perception of the people that reside in Okinawa and enabled me to understand the reason behind their diversity and religious practices. Everything was in English, in comparison something I found hard to find in Tokyo (the tourist hub). There was also an English, Chinese, Korean (and further languages) audio guide which explained in more detail the written descriptions. I would advise to go, especially if it is raining or in the evening after a stroll as it doesn't close until 8:00pm and entrance fee is very cheap. Well worth a visit.
  • Enjoyable experience to include outdoor sculptures, open spaces, traditional Okinawan house exhibit, kiln exhibit, cafe, hands on exhibit room, library, natural local history and art museum all in one spot.