Shimane Art Museum

Art Museum
An art museum which first opened in 1999. Located in Sodeshi Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, the Shimane Art Museum is one of the largest in the San’in region. A modern structure standing on the bank of Lake Shinji, the museum’s theme is an “art museum which harmonizes with water.” The museum’s collection consists of outstanding works of art in every genre, including paintings, sculptures, crafts, and photographs; the museum also displays numerous artworks which make use of water. The museum’s entrance lobby has giant windows facing Lake Shinji, and the view of the setting sun from here is spectacular (visitors may enter the entrance lobby free of charge).

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Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5 map map Map
[Oct.-Feb.] 10:00-18:30 (Admission to the exhibition room is until 18:00)
[Mar.-Sep.] 10:00-30 minutes after sunset (Admission to the exhibition room is at Sunset until the time)
Tuesday, New Year's holiday(12/28-1/1)
*Days closed may be changed according to special exhibition opening Sunday etc.
[Collection Exhibition] 300yen (separately for special exhibitions)
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (museum shop only
VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club)
Not available
*May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)-5 Monday, 2022 [Scheduled] Closed due to facility maintenance
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

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  • A very complete and inpressive museum to discover japanese art and the influence of western art from all kinds
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.10.29
    First the architecture of the museum in front of the lac is amazing. Inside permanent exhibition has very important western and japanese master piece as an enormous sculpture Victor Hugo by Rodin...
  • A spacious museum with an excellent view of the lake - great for watching the sun set too
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.05.08
    The architecture of the museum is impressive. Just the building itself is a work of art. Theyve created a massive space for admiring art work. Its also an ideal location to view the spectacular...
  • Disappointing waste of a building
    2.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.28
    With a prime position overlooking the lake this large modern building is itself quite impressive, but the art on display is less than exciting. Perhaps when they have special exhibitions it would be...

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