Osaka Museum of History, Osaka

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Learn the history of the city at Osaka Museum of History, a cultural institution that displays a permanent collection of artifacts, along with scale models and interactive features that bring the proud history of Osaka to life. Take the elevator up to the top floor of the tall building to begin your walk through Osakan history, with the exhibits leading visitors downstairs into the present day (plus a restaurant and gift shop). Starting in the ancient times when the city acted as the nation's first capital, and finishing with the years preceding World War II, the museum delivers a strong narrative of development and challenges that have faced the city and its citizens over the centuries. Put Osaka Museum of History into our Osaka road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It would make sense to look at the Osaka Museum of History as a counterpart to the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo. However, Osaka’s museum focuses on the history of the region around Osaka, and goes back f...  more »
  • Museum adjacent to the NHK. From the top down in order to tour. And below, with views of the Naniwa Palace, from the first floor underground also peeping was. It was easy to understand exhibits.
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  • Museum on several floors with interesting presentations and, Additionally, plunge views of the Castle and its Park.
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  • This museum is very large with many floors. At certain levels there are interactive games with the staff. You can also perform a "hands-on" archeology work. It can be in the form of "puzzles" ie rebuilding a shattered vase from archeology site. Others can be arranging findings in order etc. So you can appreciate the difficulties faced by those people looking for ancient artefacts. There are many replicas to township, people, etc to explain history and custom of people at certain times. It is not boring to be here and there are ample seats around. As you go downstairs you can see breathtaking views of Osaka through the glass panels. Downstairs there is a cafeteria.
  • Awesome museum. A lot of information and has a nice view overlooking a ancient village that was there. There are some information that does not have any English translation.
  • Visited this place on 20 May 2017. Nicely completed in 1.5 hours. If you do not understand Japanese, it is highly recommended to get the audio guide as most of the write ups are in Japanese. They have some interactive corners which are great for kids.
  • Really enjoyed the museum. Not everything has an English translation but you can tell a lot of care has gone into this museum. Well worth a visit if you have the time.
  • Very interactive and well organized museum. You will go down from the 10th to the 7th floor as you witness Osaka evolve through the ages. Even though the museum is focused on the history of Osaka, you can get a good glimpse of who the country evolved.

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Where to stay in Osaka

The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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