The Aomori Museum was built to introduce the local culture of Aomori Prefecture. Its unique interior and exterior was designed by Jun Aoki & Associates, and was officially opened in July 2006.
The collection of the art work in this museum are usually the works of Yoshitomo Nara, a young artist from Aomori Prefecture, Shuji Terayama and Shiko Munakata, a local artist and Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn and Pablo Picasso, overseas artist.
The museum is a four story building that includes two underground floors, which houses the exhibition rooms, while the two above-ground floors houses the the theater, gallery, restaurants and shops.
The main attraction of the museum is the huge 8.5 meter tall Aomori-ken dog statue by Nara Yoshimoto, an artist from Aomori prefecture and now considered to be a world-class artist. The museum is also a place to held an event such as concerts, plays and workshops.
From the Aomori Station, take a bus bound to Kenritsu Bijutsukanmae bus stop and the museum is just next to the mentioned bus stop.
The museum opens at 9:00 to 18:00 from June to September and 9:30 to 17:00 from October to May the following year.
It is closed on 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If Monday falls on a national holiday, it is closed on Tuesday; December 27 to 31 and when the exhibit changes.
Admission fee is 510 Yen for the permanent exhibits and has a different fee for temporary exhibits.
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