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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  • Just came back, "kinashi" exhibition was not stopped, so personally interested in and no say at related facilities only. From the well, is up exhibits to museums and art galleries.
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  • [What you should get when you visit the Museum: (1) don't miss it! (In English it's A Must-See!) Useful maps and (2) multilingual free audio guide (1) exhibits a vast more efficiently on the (2) of the audio guide was to help understand the exhibition (may not need to know the Japan language throughout the exhibition in Japan, descriptions and video exhibition, because is). Can you tell me everything you know exhibits and video exhibition, volunteer staff to hear (more understanding about the history of exhibitions and Okinawa, talkative volunteers get asked more replies so proceed but no time is important! )。 I saw very good Museum alone took more than two hours, and at closing time. If there is interest in Okinawan history, etc. take longer time. I'd stop along there and so there is a large supermarket best buy souvenirs on the opposite side of the Museum. Also 1st monorail ticket admission fee discount.
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  • I go to Okinawa in tourism. County Expo Museum of art visited tried to overcome. Surprising and coupon discounts. Architectural design is very distinctive buildings. Museum Shop is also recommended.
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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.