The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Museum / Science Museum
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.

Spot details

Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
10:00-17:00 (Last entry until 16:30)
Tuesday, New Year's holiday, Other May close outside of stated days
[Admission fee] General 600yen, High school/university students 300yen, Junior high school students Free
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Available(Osaka Free)
* The permanent exhibition room on the 9th floor and the observation floor on the 10th floor will be closed from 9Monday 18 Sunday in 2021 to the fall of 2022 (Scheduled) due to the ceiling renovation work in Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. You can see the permanent exhibition room on the 8th floor as usual. * Ceiling repair work During the season (2021 9Monday18Sunday-2022 autumn) fee Friday is [general] 400yen, [high school/university student] 300yen, [junior high school student and younger] free.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Step back in time on the 8th floor at this really creative museum
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.04.19
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living was opened back in 2001 yet still didn’t appear in one of the most popular travel guide books that we took with us and we heard about it locally. I have seen an...
  • Interesting museum
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.02.06
    This museum is very much worth visiting! We would like to thank Kiyoko for showing us around and providing us with such interesting background information. She made our experience worthwhile!
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.01.14
    Love it here. Been here several times already. Love the atmosphere here. Cant believe they can build an ancient buildings and feelings in their modern building.

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