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Museum of Oriental Ceramics

1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0005, Japan
+81 6-6223-0055
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Ranked #17 of 222 Attractions in Osaka
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: A collection of Japanese, Chinese and Korean ceramics – among the best in the world – is displayed at this outstanding museum.
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Palo Alto, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Like most museums, you have to be open to taking time to look at art. But as long as you're a fan of museums, art, or ceramics then you're in for a treat! While relatively small, they have a wonderful permanent collection of Chinese and Korean ceramics on display. You can really get a feel for the different styles over... More

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Davis, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you enjoy Japanese/Chinese ceramics, then this is definitely a must-see. There was a special exhibition of Arita ware during my visit, which was spectacular, but the permanent exhibits were wonderful as well. See ceramics dating back centuries, and learn about the evolution of ceramics and ceramic techniques from China to Japan.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you like ceramic, the museum got a decent collection of ancient Chinese and Japanese items. Exhibitions can be seasonal, so you'll have to try your luck. Not the most sublime experience, but if you are into ceramics, then it won't be a waste of time.

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Lotus themed visit with beautiful photos of the lotus flower. Excellent lighting to further enhance the beautiful ceramics. Korean, Japanese and Chinese ceramics also Persian are displayed beautifully. Each display has English descriptions so I was able to learn a great deal. I think it was under 10$ to visit and I think I read somewhere that a certain day... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We include our visit as part of our Walk along the scenic and wonderful Nakanoshima Park, one early April morning.. It is just opposite the Osaka Central Public Hall. This is a very well presented museum located 5 mins walk from Naniwabashi Station and a further walk from the Yodoyabashi Sta.(exit No.1) 淀屋橋 of Subway Midosuji line. This museum contains... More

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Sydney, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a small but good museum of oriental ceramics tracing historical timelines. Not only are the exhibits good and historically interesting, the method with which natural lighting is brought into the showcases is very noteworthy. At the time of my visit, there was a theme of lotus in the ceramic artefacts: both ceramic and photographic. Very well matched.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

As most of people acknowledge, the ceramics are derived out of Far East or Asian Culture, hence if you would like to see some real interesting and breath taking ceramic design and styles you should pay a visit to this specific museum. You can find some ceramics to buy at your own budget here.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Unless you are interested in the history of ceramics in China, Korea and Japan, this could be a bit "samey". There were lots of pieces of "white" pottery from the same period. The normal collection was more interesting than the special exhibition but unfortunately it is quite a small section of the display. I would not bother unless I was... More

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Los Angeles
14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

If you enjoy ceramics, you will enjoy a visit here. Principal collections are Korean and Chinese, with some work from Japan. Pieces are of exquisite quality. It's a great way to spend a couple of quiet hours. It was raining the day we went, so made it all the better.

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Fairview, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

If you like pottery and ceramics, you will love this place. Though the building doesn't appear to be big, the size of their Japanese, Chinese, and Korean ceramic collection is quite substantial, and covers wide gamut. Even at brisk pace, it will take you a good 45 minutes to cover.

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