The Aomori Museum of Art (Xp, Aomori Kenritsu Bijutsukan) is a modern art museum found just outside of downtown Aomori City. The building houses both temporary and permanent exhibits, and was designed to resemble the Sannai Maruyama Jomon Archaeological Sites next door. Instead of being built entirely above ground, the display spaces are dug into the earth like the trenches of an archaeological excavation site, while the museum building is painted white like tents that are stretched over the trenches.

The museum's permanent collection includes three impossibly large paintings by Marc Chagall, that were originally backdrops for a ballet, which are shown in a room with 19 meter high ceilings that is sometimes used as a concert hall. Other work displayed in the permanent collection includes woodblock prints and paintings by Munakata Shiko, the pop art and almost cartoonish work of Nara Yoshitomo, as well as a huge 8.5 meter tall Aomori-Ken dog statue also by Nara.

Nara Yoshitomo's Aomori-Ken

Access

The museum is located next to the Kenritsu Bijutsukanmae bus stop (pّO), a twenty minute, 280 yen bus ride from Aomori Station. It is also a five minute walk from the Sannai Maruyama Jomon Archaeological Site.

How to get to and around Aomori

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:00 to 18:00 (June through September)
9:30 to 17:00 (October through May)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

2nd and 4th Monday of each month (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 27 to 31, and irregularly for exhibit changes

Admission

510 yen (permanent exhibit), temporary exhibits vary

English

Good
Page last updated: March 16, 2016