Kobe City Museum has opened in 1982, combining the collections of the former municipal museums in Kobe: Archaeological Art Museum and Namban Art Museum under one roof, under the category of human nature.
Kobe, being known as an international harbor, thus made use of the museum as cultural exchange between foreign countries and Japan. The building's architectural style is markedly Westernized, with the six columns of pillars in Doric style on its frontispiece. It is situated in the former Kobe Branch, Bank of Tokyo (originally named as Yokohama Specie Bank).
Kobe City Museum displays nearly 39,000 objects including artifacts, paintings, historical documents, and other important cultural assets in Kobe and Japan.
Some popular paintings on its permanent exhibition include the portrait of Oda Nobunaga, portrait of St. Francis Xavier, the Equestrian Kings of Europe, Namban Byobu by Naizen Kano, and the Map of the world "Byobu".
The museum is also near the famous Meriken Park, a waterfront park in Kobe's port area.
The Kobe City Museum can be reached via 10-minute walk from Motomachi or Sannomiya Station, or a five-minute walk from Meriken Park.
The museum opens 10:00-17:00, and extends from 9:30-17:30 during special exhibitions. Entry ends 30 minutes before closing. It is closed on New Year Holidays and every Mondays (or the following day if Monday falls on a National Holiday).
Regular admission fee is 200 yen. Price varies on special exhibitions.
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