The Ohara Museum of Art was built in 1930 and was considered as Japan's oldest museum of Western Art. It houses original collection of Western paintings and sculptures after the war.
The founder of the museum is Ohara Magosaburo and he founded this museum to commemorate Kojima Torajiro, a Western-style painter who just died the previous year. Ohara sponsored Kojima for trip to Europe to buy art works to form the collection.
Ohara Museum of Art is a private museum that is consisted of three adjacent buildings.
The main Gallery is where you can see the museum's art works highlight. There are on display of art of works of the notable Picasso, Gauguin, Modigliani, El Greco, Pallock, Rodin, Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and many more.
Just beside the Main Gallery is the Annex building and another building that houses the Craft Art Gallery and the Asiatic Art Gallery. The Annex displays various works of Japanese artist, the Craft Art Gallery displays ceramics, stencil dyeing and other craft while the Asiatic Art Gallery displays artifacts from Egypts and antiques from China.
According to Japan Official Guide, the total number of the collections in the museum is 650 Western-style paintings, 30 sculptures and 370 ceramics around the world, 320 prints of Shiko Munakata, 200 antiques from China and over 1,000 from Egypt and Persia.
From Kurashiki Station's south exit, reached the canal area for 10-15 minute walk and from northern end of the canal area, you will find the museum's main building.
The museum opens at 9:00 to 17:00 and entry until 16:30 only.
It is closed during Mondays unless Monday is a national holiday. Also closed on December 28 to 31.
Admission fee is 1300 Yen that also includes the entrance to the Kojima Museum
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