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神戸市立博物館 Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan)

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Around Kobe
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Around Kobe
24 Kyomachi, Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0034, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
Opening Hours
9:30-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
Monday (except for National Holidays)
Date of post:2015/06/18

Top Kobe city with a fine collection of art

  • Arts

Kobe City Museum was opened to the public in 1982, but the building of the former “Kobe branch, Bank of Tokyo (the name before was Yokohama Specie Bank)” built in 1935.

This museum looks on to Kyomachi Street, and has an external appearance of a Greek shrine with six columns of the Doric style in the frontispiece, as one of the most excellent architectural structures. The statue of “Jean de Fiennes” by Rodin stands on the south of the entrance. This building is registered as the registered tangible cultural property, and lit up the time from sunset till ten o’clock at night.

There are around 40,000 items including famous figure paintings such as Francisco de Xavier (Basque Roman Catholic missionary), Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga, both of samurai daimyo. Moreover, the art objects by Heizo Kanayama and Ryohei Koiso, artists related to Kobe city, are owned. It also includes national heritage of “Dotaku (bronze bell)”, “Douki (bronze dagger-axe)”, and ancient map materials. When the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck Kobe on January 17, 1995, fortunately, these collections were almost all safe and none of national treasure and other important items was damaged although the building became cracked.

Many interesting exhibitions are held several times a year, and the souvenir shop makes a good assortment of goods related to each exhibition (postcards, clear file folders, and stationary).

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