Kobe City Museum

Museum / Science Museum
Located in Kobe City, Kobe City Museum was opened in 1982. The building that houses the Museum was originally constructed to serve as the Kobe Branch of the former Yokohama Specie Bank; some extension work was undertaken when it was redeveloped to house the Museum. The building is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property; it was the last building project completed by the famous architect Sakurai Kotaro. There are around 70,000 items in the Museum’s collections, including National Treasures; the items include archeological finds, works of art imported into Japan from Southeast Asia and Europe during the Edo period and earlier, art related to Kobe, the “Portrait of St. Francis Xavier” and other famous artworks, etc. Besides the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, several thematic exhibitions are held every year.

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9:30-17:30 (Entry allowed until 17:00) [Friday/Saturday during the special exhibition period] 9:30-19:30 (Admission is until 19:00)
Monday (Public holidays, next weekday in case of holidays), New Year's holiday, May close outside of stated days
[1st floor, Kobe history exhibition room] Free [2nd floor, collection exhibition room] General300yen, college students 150yen, Free for high school students and younger [special exhibition room] Different each time
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* The museum will be closed from 8Monday 30 Sunday (Monday) in 2021 to 2Monday 4 Sunday (Friday) in 2022 due to facility renovation work.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • A great museum in Kobe!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2021.09.05
    The museum is amazing if you’re interested in Kobe’s history. The first floor is free.If you don’t speak Japanese well, you won’t have to worry since they have all English subtitles when projecting...
  • Beware - Closed until November 2019
    1.0 Reviewed : 2019.07.08
    Despite the Museum being closed, it continues to promotes itself on all tourist brochures being handed out at Tourist Information. We took the trouble to walk there then finding out it was closed...
  • Closed till November 2019!
    1.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.06
    Closed till November 2019! No part of museum open till then. Plan accordingly. Was looking forward to learning more about this international port city, after visiting the earthquake museum...

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