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Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima-cho

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A work of art its own right, Chichu Art Museum is built into the subtropical landscape of the southern side of Naoshima Island. Most of the gallery remains invisible from the outside, while a scattering of minimalist concrete structures peaking over the foliage provides only a hint of what lurks inside. Step in to discover a permanent exhibit of the famed water lilies by Claude Monet, as well as works by Walter De Maria and James Turrell. Take a break at the onsite cafe, which offers picturesque views of the Inland Sea. Use our Naoshima-cho vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Chichu Art Museum and other attractions in Naoshima-cho.
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  • The building is, as many have said, very handsome. Also the works are good, but the museum is in opinion too expensive for the amount of art that you get to see. There are 5 very beautiful works of Monet and 2 other works of other artists, that's it. I personally had something more expected for ¥2060.
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  • The Chichu art museum was built in 2004 and designed by architect Tadao Ando. The building is very interesting as it's built underground but designed in a way that means natural light is used to illum...  more »
  • Fantastic exhibition & architecture in Chichu museum. Scheduled entrances. Arrive in advance Be prepared to take your shoes on and off as for some exhibits it is required. Overall beautiful experience...  more »
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  • Wouldn't say it's one of the best contemporary art museums in the world. It deserves to be seen mostly for it's architecture. But I think the museum needs some more interactivity.
  • Amazing museum, love the architecture and the artwork. I did not love the hovering creepy staff who were constantly scolding guests and reminding not to touch anything. I felt like I was being treated like a child who had never visited a museum before. But the artwork and experience as a whole is still pretty close to perfect.
  • Amazing space. There was a perfect blue sky the day we visited and it looked fantastic against the architecture. Some of the exhibits were the best I have seen. Amazing place.
  • Very interesting architecture. A bit of spooky atmosphere. A little bit difficult to go
  • Great collection of Monet and Turell, not to mention the architecture itself. I was here in early July and there's not a lot people, don't even need to queue.

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